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Wednesday 10 February

Today's news from the web

  • Bill Bryson signs up for BW's Towpath Tidy waterscape.com

    Bill Bryson, best-selling author and President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is once again urging the 11 million people who use the nation’s canals and rivers to tackle the problems of rubbish on their local waterway during this year’s Towpath Tidy. ...

  • Worker hurt in Devizes canal accident thisiswiltshire.co.uk

    A contractor working on the Kennet and Avon Canal in Devizes had to be airlifted to hospital after hurting his leg in an accident yesterday afternoon. The air ambulance was called to the scene shortly after 5pm following the accident. The man had his leg crushed as he worked on installing new lock gates. ...

  • Audlem moorings saved after British Waterways u-turn crewechronicle.co.uk

    Boat owners at Audlem are celebrating after British Waterways scrapped a policy which would have seen the village’s permanent moorings closed for good. ...

  • Iron Trunk Aqueduct to be refurbished in time for 2011 anniversary mk-news.co.uk

    A project has been launched to give a new lease of life to The Iron Trunk Aqueduct, which carries the Grand Union Canal between Wolverton and Cosgrove across the River Great Ouse. British Waterways is working with other canal organisations and local councils, aiming to complete the work in time to celebrate the aqueduct’s bicentenary in January 2011. ...

  • Cruiser sinks on Leeds & Liverpool lep.co.uk

    A pleasure boat was wrecked by fire before sinking in a Lancashire canal. Firefighters were called to Top Lock, off Wheat Lane, in Lathom, Ormskirk, at 6.30pm on Tuesday, after reports a six-metre cruiser was on fire. ...

Tuesday 9 February

Corrections and clarifications

The Guardian newspaper has, for several years, carried an admirable 'Corrections and clarifications' column, a place for them to own up when they get something factually wrong.

Indeed, it's quite a popular feature of the newspaper now. You can read some of their favourites from 2009 online. The best of the bunch:

A misprint meant that anybody essaying the macaroni salad recipe at the end of a food piece would have had even more grounds than the late Elizabeth David to detest this dish. As a reader wrote: "Try 'peas' instead of 'pears'. Better?"

I hope we can't match that. But, yes, WW makes mistakes too and we should correct them. The Guardian can issue a correction the next day: we can't manage that with a monthly magazine. We can, of course, be a little more timely with our website, and will do so from this issue onwards. WW readers are never shy to tell us when we've got something wrong and we hope you'll continue in that tradition.

January 2010

Last-minute reflows caused a couple of articles to lose their final words. John Liley's column was missing the words "...it is a breath of fresh air". In Mark Baldwin's piece on Tom Rolt, page 57 lost the words "...intentions, but failing to meet initial aspirations."

Olga Kevelos's death was wrongly reported as 1st October; it was in fact the 28th.

March 2010

In our story about the Cotswold Canals on page 44, we wrote of Upper Mills Bridge that "the Cotswold Canals Trust is running the £200,000 project". We should have said that the project, according to CCT's website, is being organised by CCT and Stroud District Council; sorry to SDC for missing them out. The appeal is being run by CCT, and is for £400,000.

Diana Organ, new Trustee of the Waterways Trust, is vice-president rather than vice-chair of the Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Trust, a mistake we carried over from the original Waterways Trust press release.

April 2010

The picture in the news pages of 'Aldermaston Wharf' was in fact of Hungerford Wharf. The lock under repair on the Chesterfield Canal was part of the isolated, but navigable, section leading to Chesterfield itself.

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Today's news from the web

  • 'Canal quarter' plan for Edinburgh church edinburghnews.scotsman.com

    Under its proposals, the 100-cover restaurant would be on the ground floor of the church and would feature a glazed patio overlooking the canal, allowing for al fresco dining alongside the canal. ...

  • Abusive narrow boat owner gets two-year ASBO thisisnottingham.co.uk

    A narrowboat owner has been given a two-year anti-social behaviour order after loud and drunken parties on the Nottingham Canal. A catalogue of complaints by pub and restaurant staff about the parties – between March and October last year – led to a joint investigation by Nottingham City Community Protection, British Waterways and Notts Police....

Monday 8 February

Today's news from the web

  • Locals delighted at Marsworth refusal thametoday.co.uk

    Sandra Costello, archivist for the Marsworth Local History Group, said: "I am very happy. I sent letters of objection and my main focus was on the preservation of the carpenter's shop and the old crane associated with this." ...

  • Residents open-minded about wind turbine plans at Sharpness Docks gazetteseries.co.uk

    Residents living near Sharpness Docks are staying open-minded towards plans for a wind turbine near their homes. The Partnership for Renewables, an agency hoping to build one turbine on British Waterways (BW) land at the docks, held a public exhibition last week giving homeowners the chance to view their initial plans and ask more questions. ...

  • Setting sail for Drax Power Plant by-product plan - Selby Times selbytimes.co.uk

    Utilising waterborne freight, each ship is able to carry about 1,200 tonnes per trip, and the power station is hoping the recent trials could set the way for more permanent freight movements of PFA from Drax via the River Ouse jetty. ...

  • Waterways museum welcomes aboard Heritage Boatyard Supervisor waterscape.com

    The National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port is delighted to announce the appointment of Dave Linney as Heritage Boatyard Supervisor. Dave has over 25 years experience with boats and restoration having worked at a number of boatyards. ...

  • Minister set to launch work on Walsall's new canal quarter birminghampost.net

    Minister for the West Midlands Ian Austin will officially launch building work on a new homes development at Walsall’s Waterfront today to begin its transformation into a new canalside quarter. ...

  • Sad end for famed Liverpool ferry clickliverpool.com

    One of the Mersey's most treasured ferries is set for an "undignified" end. The Royal Iris, which has been laid up on the River Thames, near Woolwich, for over eight years, has now been found taking water up to its deck. ...

Thursday 4 February

Today's news from the web

  • Buoyant outlook for Oxford Canal pub oxfordmail.co.uk

    They want to transform the pub into a destination for boaters, with a mini-shop where holidaymakers can buy provisions. ...

  • Burton to encourage tourism along the Trent & Mersey burtonmail.co.uk

    Two of the most eye-catching projects detailed in the development and regeneration scheme are designed to maximise use of waterway and wetland areas including the Trent and Mersey Canal, River Trent and the Washlands. ...

Wednesday 3 February

Today's news from the web

  • Canal Festival scrapped hemeltoday.co.uk

    Tring Canal Festival organisers Wendover Arm Trust have been forced to cancel their May Bank Holiday event after landowners Land Planning Group refused permission to use its field adjacent to the Wendover Arm. ...

  • Oxford Brookes University wins planning permission for £1m doubling in size of boathouse at Cholsey oxfordtimes.co.uk

    Oxford Brookes University Boat Club has won planning permission to extend its boathouse on the River Thames near Wallingford. The university is seeking to raise £1m to fund the scheme, which will double the size of its training base off Reading Road, Cholsey. ...

  • Finalists announced for 2010 Waterways Renaissance Awards waterscape.com

    The regeneration of Clarence Dock in Leeds, a £15m flood alleviation scheme in Rotherham and the Village at War community project in Stoke Bruerne are just a few of the diverse and inspiring schemes to reach the finals of the 2010 Waterways Renaissance Awards. ...

  • Shropshire Union marina decision on hold shropshirestar.com

    A decision on controversial plans for a multi-million pound marina in north Shropshire has been put on hold. Plans were submitted last year by developers Moore Marine to build a marina for 200 canal boats on the Shropshire Union Canal at Park Heath Farm, Soudley, near Market Drayton. ...

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