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Thursday 5 May

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  • Little charity champ Madison plans canal trek burnleyexpress.net

    A Burnley girl taking charity in her stride will embark on her toughest fund-raising challenge yet, as she plans to walk the 54 miles from Burnley to Leeds. Madison Regan (nine), of Grove Street, Burnley, will undertake the ambitious trek in the autumn, walking to Keighley on Friday, September 9th, with her mum Jackie (32) and her brother Charlie (13). The trio will spend the night in Keighley before completing their journey to Leeds on the Saturday....

  • Falklands conflict assault craft now carrying passengers along Driffield Canal hulldailymail.co.uk

    A VETERAN boat from the Falklands conflict has been given a new lease of life on the calmer waters of a historic canal. The assault craft that took soldiers into battle in the South Atlantic now carries passengers along tranquil Driffield Canal....

Wednesday 4 May

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  • Greens urge boycott of Lancaster Canal Corridor developer lancasterguardian.co.uk

    Councillors in Lancaster are calling for a boycott of the city’s Canal Corridor developer after alleging the company has been avoiding paying tax in the UK. Green Party councillor Tim Hamilton-Cox said he has found evidence that British Land owns its property in the Canal Corridor site through a Jersey property unit trust. But British Land said the accusation is incorrect and appears to “misunderstand how the tax system works”....

  • Canal boat cafe: Tea junction stops in Milton Keynes onemk.co.uk

    Entrepreneurs Tracey and Ray Arbon started the Tea Junction in 2013 after finding the boat on Ebay. After hundreds of man hours and dedication the boat is now a moving cafe that sells homemade cakes, scones, wraps, teas, coffees and more. ...

Tuesday 3 May

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  • 'Floating food forest' proposed for New York's waterways dezeen.com

    A collective of designers and artists in New York has proposed transforming a shipping barge into a verdant floating farm, with berry bushes, lime trees and swaths of lavender, among many other plants. Called Swale, the project was co-conceived by Mary Mattingly, an artist who creates "sculptural ecosystems in urban spaces"....

Sunday 24 April

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  • Craven Museum appeals for residents' help with canal exhibition cravenherald.co.uk

    Craven Museum and Gallery is putting together an exhibition celebrating 200 years of the Leeds Liverpool Canal – and wants residents to be involved. The museum is calling for anyone with stories, photographs or interesting canal-related objects, to come forward and contribute to the exhibition, which opens next Friday, April 29....

  • Aire & Calder canalside garden is given a new lease of life pontefractandcastlefordexpress.co.uk

    A public garden named after a community volunteer has been spruced up as part of a project to improve the canal towpath in Knottingley. Freda’s Garden was named after the late Freda Turner, who lived in a house along the canal and spent hours tidying up the area....

Friday 22 April

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Tuesday 19 April

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  • Protesters march against Daventry’s canal plans daventryexpress.co.uk

    Protesters marched through Daventry town centre on Saturday to voice their opposition to plans to build a canal arm into the town. Organised by members of the local Labour Party, the protest met in Bowen Square before heading down Sheaf Street and Brook Street to end by the Eastern Way playing field. ...

Sunday 17 April

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  • Boat living dream now a nightmare with canal authority's 'keep moving' crackdown westerndailypress.co.uk

    People living on boats on the West's canals fear they are being forced to give up their way of life because of a crackdown from waterways authorities. Increasing numbers of people have taken to houseboats and barges as a result of the housing crisis, but the new Government quango charity the Canal & Rivers Trust is clamping down on the practice. ...

Friday 15 April

Forgiveness Walk

An IT programme manager is lacing up his walking boots ahead of a mammoth 300-mile trek along England's waterways.

Starting on 25th April, Michael Sheridan is walking from his current home near the River Wey in Guildford to a new home in Marple, Cheshire, close to the Peak Forest Canal. Following the Thames Path to London, he plans to continue his journey northwards along canal towpaths – a journey he expects to take around a month

On the way he'll be raising money and generating publicity for the Forgiveness Project, a charity that collects and shares real-life stories of forgiveness from around the world. The organisation helps people to reconcile themselves with emotional trauma and pain, and move on in their lives.

More information and contact details are available at www.forgivenesswalk.com.

Andrew Denny  | 4.41pm | add a comment

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  • The canal boat dwellers told to keep moving or face eviction bbc.co.uk

    Canal boat owners with "continuous cruiser" licences must keep moving to a new place every 14 days. Many people who live on their boats are complaining that the way the rule is being interpreted - having to travel in one direction - means their children can't go to school....

  • Cash windfall will protect wildlife and heritage of Pocklington Canal yorkpress.co.uk

    Work to protect habitats and heritage on a picturesque East Yorkshire canal has secured a £496,600 windfall. The funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is for the Pocklington Canal, which runs for 9.5 miles between Canal Head, near Pocklington to the River Derwent in East Cottingwith, will help improve conditions for important species and restore two historic bridges....

Wednesday 13 April

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  • £10,000 from Tesco bags for Stover Canal Trust torquayheraldexpress.co.uk

    Celebrations are in order for Stover Canal Trust after it bagged £10,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. The supermarket teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative, which saw grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 — all raised from the 5p bag levy — being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects. ...

Tuesday 12 April

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  • Scottish athlete wins second Red Bull Neptune's Steps swimming challenge heraldscotland.com

    A homegrown athlete beat 200 competitors to win a unique open-water uphill swimming race involving scaling canal lock gates in Glasgow on Saturday. The Red Bull Neptune Steps race is the only competition of its kind in the world. Participants swim uphill through 420 metres of cold water and climb 18 metres over eight canal lock gates, helped by rope climbs, wooden ladders, cargo nets and climbing walls....

  • Dragon boats to paddle L&L for blood bikers charity wigantoday.net

    Two dragon boat crews aim to travel the length of the Leeds-Liverpool canal in the space of one week with two days of the gruelling itinerary taking them through the borough. The feat is all in aid of a North West Blood Bikers service, a group of volunteers who transport vital medical supplies between hospitals. Organiser Jeff Quirk told the Evening Post he believes it will be the first time the route will have been completed by dragon boats....

  • Appeal for Sheffield canal adoption scheme volunteers as litter crisis deepens thestar.co.uk

    A worrying surge in the amount of rubbish blighting Sheffield’s picturesque canals has prompted a charity to take action. The Sheffield branch of the Canal and River Trust is urging people to sign up to an adoption scheme to take care of a particular stretch of affected waterway. Dave Walker, aged 58, has been the lock keeper at Tinsley Marina for the last 30 years and works for the charity, which protects waterways. ...

  • Irish marathon runner completes Canal du Midi in four days irishmirror.ie

    An Irish marathon runner has completed his toughest challenge to date after running 260km along a major canal in France. Aodhagan Fitzsimons tackled the pathways of the Canal Du Midi in Southern France last week. And the 42-year-old, who has officially run 39 marathons, managed to complete the epic feat in a mind-blowing four days....

  • CRT sprays niceties on towpath to encourage riverside politeness oxfordmail.co.uk

    Rudeness is being banished from the riverside with walkers being urged to be polite and doff their hats to passers-by. The Canal and River Trust is enforcing a be-nice-or-leave policy at Isis Lock in Oxford to encourage people to remember their manners on the towpath....

Thursday 7 April

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  • 'Nomadic' pensioner, 92, died after falling into canal as he tried to reach his boat expressandstar.com

    A 92 year old man who lived a ‘nomadic’ lifestyle died after falling into the Rugeley canal trying to access his boat, a court heard. The body of William Dudley Curwen was found in the canal near Leathermill Lane on January 25 by a group of teenagers, who called the police after making the discovery. During an inquest at Cannock Coroners Court, it was said that Mr Curwen could have been trying to gain access to the canal boat he lived on before slipping and fracturing his neck in the process. The court heard that tests carried out on Mr Curwen found no trace of alcohol in his system. He didn’t have a history of medical illness, although he wasn’t registered to a GP....

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