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Friday 21 August

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  • BW employee loses unfair dismissal case over 2-yr old Facebook posts shoosmiths.co.uk

    ...As a result, Mr Smith was suspended pending an investigation into the comments recovered from his Facebook account and was subsequently summarily dismissed for gross misconduct following a disciplinary hearing. This was despite the comments having been made, and the employer having been aware of them, 2 years previously....

Tuesday 18 August

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  • Recovering Doncaster drug and alcohol users’ rehab is to steer 60ft canal barge doncasterfreepress.co.uk

    People overcoming drug and alcohol problems are finding an unusual way to make progress – by getting to grips with a 60ft narrowboat. Around 40 clients involved in the “Moving On” project run by Doncaster West Development Trust (DWDT) have made the most of opportunities at Swinton Lock Activity Centre which runs accredited boat handling courses....

Monday 17 August

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Thursday 13 August

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  • Cruising on the River Thames on a Narrow Boat  huffingtonpost.co.uk

    When our friends went off to help the Greek economy and offered us two weeks on their home 'Living the Dream', a wide beamed narrow boat, we leapt at the chance. Leaping was to become part of our daily lives from now on....

Thursday 6 August

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  • Foxton Locks: Elderly woman in miracle escape after being sucked under a pleasure craft leicestermercury.co.uk

    An elderly woman had a miracle escape when she fell into the water at Foxton Locks and was sucked under a boat. The woman was watching a boat ascend the flight of locks near Market Harborough this morning when she fell backwoods into a water supply pond. Bystanders including locks staff managed to rescue her before she was airlifted to hospital. The woman, aged 79, who has not been identified, slipped and rolled backwards into a canal- side supply pond by the third lock and disappeared under the surface. ...

  • DIY store to the rescue for canal volunteers canalrivertrust.org.uk

    Volunteers working to restore their hut alongside the canal in Wilmcote, after it was burnt down last year by vandals, have been given a helping hand from B&Q, the nation’s biggest DIY chain. ...

Monday 3 August

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Monday 27 July

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  • 'Jeff the Magic Man' aims to build a 35-foot Erie Canal boat using only balloons syracuse.com

    A magician, more than 1,000 balloons, and the Erie Canal will all have something in common on Saturday, Aug. 1 at the annual DeWitt Canal Day. Jeff D'Ambrosio, who goes by "Jeff the Magic Man," plans to build a 35-foot replica of a canal boat -- using only biodegradable balloons. The exhibit includes a section of the canal, a canal boat, boat passengers, and a mule pulling the boat. The project will take two days to build. He'll use a floor pump and compressor to help blow up the hundreds of balloons used for the project. D'Ambrosio's largest solo project will display at the annual DeWitt Canal Day on Aug. 1 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m....

Sunday 26 July

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Thursday 23 July

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  • Youth allegedly damages narrowboat to stop loss of WiFi connection manchestereveningnews.co.uk

    A teenage boy was arrested after being accused of attacking a narrow boat to stop it moving off so he wouldn’t lose his free wifi connection. Police were called to Castlefield Basin after reports that a youth had thrown a boat’s keys in the water, smashed its controls and hurled rocks at it after being told the boat was set to sail. A 14-year-old boy was arrested. It is understood he was on a supervised trip at the time....

Wednesday 22 July

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  • Boats back on Mon & Brec canal in Pontywaun southwalesargus.co.uk

    Canal boats are back on the Brecon Canal at Pontywaun following canal restoration work undertaken by Caerphilly County Borough Council. The council recently completed repairs to the landlocked part of the Crumlin arm of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal following a routine maintenance check. There had been a leak within the channel in the Pontywaun end....

  • This craze for canals is completely comprehensible telegraph.co.uk

    "Parliament has risen and David Cameron is off on holiday. But one item deserves our serious attention: the fact that the British canal network is enjoying its most successful year since the heyday of the industrial revolution" - John Sergeant ...

Monday 20 July

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  • Montgomery Canal stretch remains open for boat rides thanks to Cracker shropshirestar.com

    Horse-drawn boat rides have been running at Maesbury, near Oswestry, for the past year, but the service has been increased throughout the summer after a section of the waterway was closed because of a leak. Repairs are to be carried out to the canal at Aston Locks near Queen’s Head, and are scheduled to start on July 20. They are expected to take six weeks. But visitors to the area and boaters arriving at Queen’s Head can walk along the towpath, past the closed locks, to enjoy a trip to Maesbury on the canal boat Countess, pulled by Cracker the horse. Tim Barker of Bywater Cruises, who runs the boat, said: “We are delighted to be able to extend our service while this essential repair is being carried out so that people do not miss out on this very beautiful section of canal that is currently cut off....

  • Ledbury will get its canal back herefordtimes.com

    The BUILDING of a new housing estate to the north of Ledbury viaduct could also lead to narrowboats passing through the town for the first time in more than a century. The restoration of the section of the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal through Ledbury is included in Herefordshire Council's planning blueprint for the next two decades, the Core Strategy, and eventually it should be possible for a boat to travel the 34 miles from Gloucester to Hereford, including a 12-lock stretch through Ledbury....

Thursday 16 July

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  • CRT annual meeting to introduce new chairman canalrivertrust.org.uk

    The Canal & River Trust is to publish its 2015 annual report and accounts on 21st July, and has announced its annual public meeting is to be on 23rd September, at the Church House Conference Centre in London. Tony Hales, current chair of the Canal & River Trust, is to retire after the meeting. His replacement will be Allan Leighton, who joined the CRT board last year. The news was announced on 15th July by the CRT Trustees. Allan Leighton was formerly chief exective of Asda in the 1990s, and more recently has been a director of Royal Mail, the Pandora jewellery chain, Wagama, Dyson, Matalan, BSkyB, Selfridges and a slew of other prominent retail names. He is currently chairman of the Co-operative Group. Tony Hales’ retirement as chairman was originally announced in 2013, but was delayed a couple of years. CRT Trustee Lynne Berry, chair of CRT’s appointments committee, paid tribute to him, saying: “Tony Hales had the vision and passion to take the waterways out of state control in what was the largest ever transfer of state infrastructure into a charitable organisation.” In accepting the appointment, Allan Leighton described himself as a keen canal walker and towpath runner, and declared “I have been passionate about these special blue places for years.”


  • Police remove benches from Rochdale Canal towpath following reports of drug dealing manchestereveningnews.co.uk

    Police have taken the drastic step of removing benches from a canal tow-path in an attempt to curb drug dealers. All of the benches, located on a patch of land next to the Rochdale Canal in Bourdon Street, Miles Platting, were pulled up last week following reports from concerned residents....

  • A couple swapped their comfortable retirement for a narrowboat adventure express.co.uk

    As Moira Haynes piled all her worldly possessions into a wheelbarrow and headed towards the canal, she couldn’t ignore the feelings of doubt in her mind... Moira and Steve Haywood in the Daily Express...

Thursday 9 July

Conservation ‘will not trump navigation’ on the Broads

Plans to call the Broads a National Park will not give conservation priority over boating, the new waterways minister, Rory Stewart, has promised MPs.

Speaking in Parliament on 8th July, the Defra minister said he was “more than comfortable” with the title National Park, which he said was a common-sense term.

The Broads Authority has already said it will not be adopting the Sandford Principle of National Parks, which gives conservation priority over recreation. Instead its three purposes, including navigation and leisure, will continue to carry equal weight. However, there was always the risk that the government could overrule this, so the minister’s latest promise is reassuring for the Authority.

Rory Stewart also said the Government will not now introduce direct elections for the Authority, backtracking on a proposal in the previous parliament.

“It would not achieve the intention, which is to get more people involved in boats and navigation on to the board. We are achieving that at the moment," he told MPs.

“More than one third of people on the board are active users of boats and licence holders, and that is important. In so far as I am involved in Secretary of State appointments, I will endeavour to ensure that they include people who have an active interest in navigation as well as the environment.”

Andrew Denny  | 12.11pm | add a comment

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  • Watch the moment a tractor crashed into Bidford-on-Avon bridge bbc.co.uk

    An investigation into a tractor crash which damaged a medieval bridge has been launched. The crop sprayer hit the parapet of the structure, in Bidford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, last month, causing masonry to fall into the river. ...

  • Princess Anne led flotilla of boats along canal as she opens Kelpies | Stirling & Central | News news.stv.tv

    The Princess Royal led a flotilla of boats along a canal as she officially opened The Kelpies visitor attraction. Princess Anne arrived at the site near Falkirk, home to the giant horse head sculptures, by boat before meeting staff involved in the project. More than one million people have visited The Kelpies since they opened to the public last April. It is estimated that the 30m-tall sculptures, the centrepiece of the £43m Helix parkland project, have boosted the local economy by £1.5m per year....

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