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Thursday 11 February

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  • Montgomery Canal restoration bid to cost about £30 million shropshirestar.com

    The restoration of the Montgomery Canal to link Welshpool to the national network would cost £30 million, it has been revealed. A steering group including Welshpool and Llangollen town councils, Montgomery Canal Partnership, MPs and Assembly members and specialists has drawn up a plan to take the work forward. It now wants other groups with an interest in canals to support its work, and is launching a consultation which will run until March 4....

  • West Midlands CRT recruits 1,000th volunteer birminghampost.co.uk

    Birmingham's canals are enjoying a renaissance after a surge in volunteers pledging to help preserve the network. The Canal & River Trust, which was set up in 2012, has recruited its 1,000th volunteer from the West Midlands to help support work to clean-up the historic canals....


Wednesday 10 February

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  • Band of jolly volunteers clean up Worcestershire canals worcesternews.co.uk

    It’s the last day of the month-long Canal and River Trust deep clean operation along the Worcester and Birmingham Canal from Worcester to Wast Hill (near Hopwood) and the Droitwich Canal. And it’s a far cry from the day they started, said the trust’s customer operations and volunteer team leader Timothy Booker. ...


Tuesday 9 February

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  • Heartbroken owner of sunken narrowboat stunned by £25,000 donation from anonymous Samaritan mirror.co.uk

    A hero narrowboat owner who was heartbroken when it sank after smashing into a bridge was stunned after receiving a £25,000 anonymous donation from a wellwisher. The boat belonged to John Simmonds who suffers from Asperger’s and was distraught to find it submerged in the Thames at Oxford. Mr Simmonds said he had only left his £60,000 boat for half an hour to get some lunch and believed it was subject to sabotage which caused it to crash. ...


Monday 8 February

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  • Stranded Oxford narrow boat lifted from Thames by crane bbc.co.uk

    A narrow boat stranded for four days after crashing in the River Thames has finally been hoisted out the water by a crane. The Environment Agency pulled the 25-tonne boat out of the river after using a digger to clear its path. The vessel, One Old Peculiar, was one of two boats that came loose on Monday and crashed into Botley Bridge....

  • ‘Canal is looking like its usual self’ say Sowerby Bridge volunteers halifaxcourier.co.uk

    Volunteers came together to clear up and repair the 
flood hit towpaths and waterways of Calderdale last weekend A task force of helpers rallied around at Sowerby Bridge wharf to spend a day fixing problems that arose on the Rochdale Canal following the damage caused by the deluge on Boxing Day....


Thursday 4 February

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  • Oxford narrow boat to be winched from river bbc.co.uk

    Engineers are attempting to winch a stranded narrowboat out of the River Thames after several previous methods to remove it have failed. The Environment Agency has tried pumping water and towing it with a tractor after it came adrift in Oxford. It is one of two boats that came loose on Monday. It has crashed into Botley Bridge causing an obstruction. Russell Robson, waterway operations team leader, said he was "optimistic" the latest attempt would work....

  • Thieves cross Erewash canal at night to steal canaries from Ilkeston aviary ilkestonadvertiser.co.uk

    Canary thieves went by boat across a canal to raid a Derbyshire aviary at night. They broke a lock, jammed 12 birds in three small cages and made the perilous journey back across the Erewash Canal. They made the bizarre approach because bird fancier John White has tight security at the front of his Ilkeston home....


Tuesday 2 February

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  • £250,000 lock repair work for Shropshire Union Canal shropshirelive.com

    Boaters on the Shropshire Union Canal are to benefit from a £250,000 upgrade to three Grade Two-listed lock flights near Market Drayton. Staff from the charity Canal & River Trust have braved daily downpours, storms and mud to work on the Tyrley, Adderley and Audlem lock flights on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border – a total of 25 locks. They are battling through horrendous weather and ground conditions to refurbish or replace eight sets of lock gates, replace and re-work 14 lock ladders and carry out vital masonry repairs and ground stabilisation work....

  • Walsall Canal through time - pictures from Birmingham Mail birminghammail.co.uk

    This week we are celebrating the Midlands' man-made waterways that played such a big part in our industrial past. Today it's the turn of the Walsall Canal The story of the creation of Walsall Canal, which began 250 years ago, is said to have been one of “great rivalry”. Historians tell of one group in 1770 promoting a plan to take a canal from Walsall to Fradley, via Lichfield, but that it was met with the disapproval of the “powerful” Birmingham Company. The company instead choose to cut a line from Wednesbury Canal at Ryder’s Green in West Bromwich, to Broadwaters at Moxley....

  • Smoke alarm saves sleeping Lechlade man during narrowboat fire at Riverside Marina wiltsglosstandard.co.uk

    A narrowboat dweller in Lechlade-on-Thames was saved by his smoke alarm when his boat went up in flames while he slept. At around 6.30am this morning (February 1) Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service was called to Lechlade’s Riverside Marina after reports of a fire on-board a 57 foot narrowboat, moored outside The Riverside Pub. The owner of the narrowboat was unharmed, though this is the third boat fire incident at the marina, part of the River Thames, in just over six months. ...


Sunday 24 January

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  • Government announces £5.5 million to repair Calder & Hebble Canal bridge gov.uk

    Ministerial Flood Recovery Envoy for Yorkshire Robert Goodwill today (17 January 2016) announced up to £5.5 million of funding to rebuild Elland Bridge in Calderdale, West Yorkshire and construct a temporary foot bridge nearby, after the historic crossing was damaged in the recent floods....


Friday 22 January

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  • ​Mystery of dead pigeons found in canal stokesentinel.co.uk

    A KEEN walker has spoken of her concern after she saw up to 15 dead pigeons in a canal. Carole Williams saw the dead birds when she was on her daily walk near Westport Lake yesterday morning. The 53-year-old from Knutton said: "At first I just saw two dead pigeons, which I thought was strange. ...


Wednesday 13 January

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Monday 28 December

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  • CRT to install mobile signals in Harecastle tunnel stokesentinel.co.uk

    Phone lines are set to be installed in a canal tunnel – 18 months after a man fell from his narrowboat and died. The Canal & River Trust wants to install a new Vodafone system at Harecastle Tunnel, near Kidsgrove, to reduce the risk of any more deaths. At the moment, communication lines at the tunnel are 'temperamental'. But the latest move means 999 calls could be made from inside the tunnel. ...


Friday 18 December

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  • Lichfield Canal Trust given hand by Lichfield housebuilder Walton Homes lichfieldmercury.co.uk

    Canal trust given helping hand by staff from Lichfield housebuilder By Lichfield Mercury | Posted: December 18, 2015 Walton Homes director Amy Summerton presents a cheque for £500 to LHCR directors Bob Williams and Peter Buck, watched by Walton Homes employees and trust volunteers. Walton Homes director Amy Summerton presents a cheque for £500 to LHCR directors Bob Williams and Peter Buck, watched by Walton Homes employees and trust volunteers. Comments (0) Lichfield Canal restoration volunteers were given a helping hand recently as they were joined by a group of workers from Walton Homes. As part of its Granting 30 Wishes campaign, which marks the Lichfield-based company"s 30th birthday by supporting local causes, Walton Homes director Amy Summerton presented a cheque for £500 to Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust....


Saturday 5 December

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Friday 4 December

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  • Out of control narrowboat in Worcester worcesternews.co.uk

    These are the dramatic moments an out of control narrowboat drifted towards Worcester's bridges in rising flood water. The unmanned boat, called “Expensive Hobby”, was seen spinning in the fast flowing waters of the Severn on a collision course for city bridges at around 1pm today. But disaster was averted thanks to the quick and courageous actions of specialist boat crews from Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service....


Thursday 3 December

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  • Boat building drama in Northwich northwichguardian.co.uk

    A former British Waterways worker has shared his story of a boat launch that went wrong at Northwich shipyard Yarwoods. Roy Cotterill, also a former Northwich mayor and councillor, got in touch with the Guardian following a number of Remember When articles about the shipyard, which operated from 1840 to 1966. He worked as a shipwright at British Waterways, along the River Weaver from WJ Yarwood and Sons, from 1953 until 1963 and loved taking photographs of the boat launches....


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