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Sunday 14 August

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  • Times Gone By: The Ernest Thomas story staffordshirenewsletter.co.uk

    There's a good chance that few people living in the tiny village of High Offley will have ever heard of the name Ernest Thomas but he is certainly well known by fans of our canal heritage. The village may have been his birthplace and was certainly the area where he operated from as a bargee on the canal network, having started working the canals in his father's coal merchants business at the age of 14 in 1910. He lived in a High Offley council house with his wife Molly. He gradually became impatient with the lack of progress in his father's business so in 1923, at the age of 27, he set out on his own with 7s.6d (37p) in his pocket. ...

Tuesday 9 August

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  • Diabetic dad drags narrowboat 10 miles on Bridgewater Canal for charity manchestereveningnews.co.uk

    A diabetic dad managed to drag his 12 tonne narrow boat along a 10 mile canal towpath to raise money for charity. Determined John Hickson, 58, managed the incredible feat of strength in an impressive 11 hours and 10 minutes....

  • 8-year-old girl in full Leeds & Liverpool paddle yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk

    A mother and her daughter are preparing for an epic adventure along England’s longest canal in a kayak. Addi Man and her eight-year-old daughter Athina hope to inspire others to ‘live more adventurously’ by completing the 130 mile journey along the length of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. The pair, from Horsforth, will be raising valuable funds for their chosen charity, The Jane Tomlinson appeal, which supports children’s and cancer charities. ...

  • Olympic whitewater canoeist trains on Edinburgh's Union Canal heraldscotland.com

    David Florence felt his paddle scrape across metal and was surprised to discover he had inadvertently located the sunroof of an abandoned car. This isn’t another cautionary tale about the contaminated waters of Rio. This was during a practice session on the Union Canal in Edinburgh. The 33-year-old, twice an Olympic silver medallist in the canoe slalom, begins his bid for a remarkable double in Brazil today....

  • Mooching along the Regent's Canal in Instagram shots timeout.com

    Time Out selects some classic Instagram shots of London's central canal. ...

  • Reading river chaos after narrowboat gets wedged stuck on the Kennet getreading.co.uk

    The owner of a narrowboat got more than they bargained for when travelling through Reading town centre on Monday. getreading was informed of the incident after the beautiful house boat got stuck while cruising along the River Kennet . It appears to have tried to have turned around but managed to get wedged widthways across the river....

Thursday 4 August

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  • Man stabbed in 'serious assault' on Romsey Barge Canal dailyecho.co.uk

    A man was needed hospital treatment after he was stabbed near a Hampshire beauty spot. Emergency services were called to a serious assault near the Romsey Barge Canal at about 3.50pm on Sunday to reports that the man had been found with injuries to his back. It is believed the man was found near to a bridge over the canal at Waterside Road, near Cupernham Lane....

  • 'Drunk in charge of a barge' on the Leeds & Liverpool canal southportvisiter.co.uk

    Police officers in Ormskirk arrested an 'intoxicated' man from a barge on the Leeds Liverpool canal on Monday 2nd August. "Following reports from members of the public about the manner of driving along a stretch of the Leeds Liverpool canal between Saracens Head and The New Scarisbrick Arms, an intoxicated male has been arrested on a barge," the police reported ...

  • Engineers who buried a stretch of the Swansea Canal 40 years ago look to bring it back to life southwales-eveningpost.co.uk

    It has been over four decades since civil engineers John Hutchings and John Evans oversaw the burial of a 100 yard section of the Swansea Canal in Clydach. Now they have revisited to site to discuss raising it up from the grave. The stretch of the disused canal was swallowed up by a new council highways depot in Clydach in 1973 but fortunately, rather than fill it in, people had the foresight to cover it up in case waterways ever made a comeback. ...

  • K&A boaters to protest Canal & River Trust gazetteandherald.co.uk

    Boaters along the Kennet and Avon canal that do not have a fixed mooring have organised a rally protesting against the governance of the Canal & River Trust. The protest will take place outside CRT's headquarters by Caen Hill, Devizes, to express opposition to what they see as punitive and unlawful enforcement policy which has forced some boaters from their homes....

Monday 1 August

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  • Grandfather to pull his 12-ton narrowboat for 10 miles along Bridgewater Canal messengernewspapers.co.uk

    A diabetic grandfather is about to undertake a challenge that is anything but plain sailing – pulling his 12-ton canal boat for 10 miles in just 12 hours. John Hickson, originally from Flixton but now living in Timperley, will attempt to single-handedly pull his 45ft narrowboat ‘Jus’ Chillin’ from Lymm to Stretford along the Bridgewater Canal. The 58-year-old is embarking on the challenge to raise funds for Diabetes UK and The Christie, setting himself a target of £10,000....

Monday 18 July

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  • Floating classroom for Walsall Primary School walsalladvertiser.co.uk

    An innovative Walsall school is set to make waves in the local area by holding a floating classroom in its narrow boat. Millfield Primary School students in Catshill Road, Brownhills will be causing a splash with their studies in their boat as they swap the classroom for the canal. The boat was purchased for just £1 and has now been unveiled with renovations costing around £20,000....

Wednesday 13 July

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  • Man sails down Forth & Clyde canal in an origami paper boat eveningtimes.co.uk

    This is the bizarre moment a life-size origami paper boat set sail down a canal in Glasgow. The five metre long construction travelled down the Glasgow canal thanks to a water resistant coating on Saturday. The art project was the brainchild of German artist Frank Boelter who has previously travelled to England, Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka to bring people together with origami projects. ...

Friday 1 July

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  • The New Panama Canal: A Risky Bet nytimes.com

    ...But when the speeches and the celebrations end, one inescapable fact will remain: The expanded canal’s future is cloudy at best, its safety, quality of construction and economic viability in doubt, an investigation by The New York Times has found. In simple terms, to be successful, the new canal needs enough water, durable concrete and locks big enough to safely accommodate the larger ships. On all three counts, it has failed to meet expectations, according to dozens of interviews with contractors, canal workers, maritime experts and diplomats, as well as a review of public and internal records. ...

Thursday 30 June

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  • Innovative Mon & Brec canal lock opened to the public southwalesargus.co.uk

    Lower Brake Lock, on the Ty Coch section of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal is the first of six local locks to be restored to their former glory as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Waterworks Project. Restoration began at Ty Coch in 2012. Volunteer Luke Shanahan, 22, from Trevethin, said: “I got involved with this when I was unemployed. I wasn’t interested in canals but I now really enjoy it and have learnt new skills in stonework, carpentry and driving heavy machinery....

Tuesday 21 June

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  • Houseboat tenant threatened to nut landlord courtnewsuk.co.uk

    A retired property developer who threatened to head-butt his landlord after being evicted from his houseboat has been handed a restraining order. Timothy Gosselin, 67, confronted Paul Webster, boss of the Chelsea Yacht & Boat Co Ltd, after bailiffs cleared all his belongings from his vessel. Gosselin, who is currently sleeping in his car, had been accused of making a ‘nuisance’ of himself by the company’s other boat-dwelling tenants. ...

Wednesday 15 June

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  • Child sex offender 'may be using canals to evade capture' mirror.co.uk

    Police are hunting for a child sex offender who may be using the UK's canal network to evade capture. Michael Crabb, 53, was last seen in Uxbridge, Middlesex, on March 17 - the same day he was released from his nine year prison sentence subject to licence conditions. He was originally jail for undisclosed child sex offences. Crabb is alleged to be in breach of those conditions for failing to notify a change of address - and he is now being recalled to prison. Detectives are warning the public not to approach Crabb, who has links to Uxbridge, Iver, Slough and Warwickshire, and call 999 immediately if he is seen....

Sunday 12 June

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  • When the James Brindley statue was returned to Stoke-on-Trent in 1990 stokesentinel.co.uk

    It was a fitting tribute to the innovative 18th century engineer. In 1990, a statue created in honour of James Brindley was returned to Stoke-on-Trent via some of the waterways he created. These images, discovered in our archives, capture different stages of the process, from the building of the statue to its unveiling at Etruria. ...

Friday 10 June

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  • Halesowen Abbey Trust bid to restore canal at the Leasowes, Halesowen halesowennews.co.uk

    Conservationists are launching an ambitious bid to restore a section of canal at a Halesowen beauty spot to recreate a once-popular leisure attraction. A failed restoration attempt in the 1990s has left the section of the Lapal (Dudley No 2) Canal with very little water. It stands on the top of the embankment above Leasowes Park and Hales Owen Abbey Trust is keen to restore it for boating and fishing, to boost wildlife and enhance the landscape. Trust member Mick Freer, currently co-ordinating the restoration of Leasowes Walled Garden, said the two projects could be run in tandem and would complement each other. Fellow trust member and canal man Roy Burgess will take the lead on the restoration of the section, which he estimated would cost £400,000 to £500,000....

  • Dog with gym weight tied to it found dead in L&L canal at Wigan bbc.co.uk

    A dog with an exercise weight attached to his harness has been found dead in a Greater Manchester canal. The Pomeranian-cross called Milo was spotted by a member of the public in water near Appley Bridge, Wigan, on Tuesday evening. The male dog, aged about five, was wearing a blue harness to which a 1.25kg exercise weight had been tied. The RSPCA said the animal - who had been in the canal for two weeks - was micro-chipped, but it was out-of-date....

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