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Sunday 23 November

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  • Magna Carta River Thames pageant announced for 2015 bbc.co.uk

    A "spectacular" river pageant on the River Thames has been announced to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta next year. A flotilla of boats will sail from Bisham Abbey to Wraysbury in Berkshire on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June. Thames Alive is helping to organise the event, the group behind the Queen's Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012....

  • New York's Barge Canal to get historic designation washingtontimes.com

    New York’s Barge Canal is going on the National Register of Historic Places. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wrote a letter in September urging National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis to make the designation, stressing the importance of the canal and calling it a true historic destination. The designation will increase chances for federal tax credits and help expand local development near the waterway. The Barge Canal includes the Erie Canal, the Oswego Canal, the Cayuga-Seneca Canal, and the Champlain Canal. The system spans more than 500 miles across the Empire State. ...

  • Taxi driver in Cheddleton rescued from Caldon canal after car plunges in dailymail.co.uk

    A hapless taxi driver had to be rescued after plunging his car into a canal while waiting for a fare outside a restaurant. Emergency services were called to Castro's Restaurant in Chedderton, Staffordshire at 10.30pm on Friday night after reports of a vehicle in the water. When they arrived they found a Toyota Avensis almost completely submerged in the Caldon Canal after it somehow managed to land in the middle of the four foot deep water....

Thursday 13 November

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  • Calder & Hebble is drained as Thornes lock gates replaced yorkshirepost.co.uk

    The Canal and River Trust is carrying out a four-week restoration project to replace both sets of gates at Thornes Lock on the Calder and Hebble Navigation, near Wakefield. The new gates have been made at the nearby Stanley Ferry Workshop, only one of two facilities in the UK. In preparation, the canal has been drained and will be open to the public on Sunday, when visitors can explore the 5.5 metre deep trench and see the lock gates and historic stone work up close....

  • New Thames 'garden bridge' backed by council bbc.co.uk

    A proposed "garden bridge" over the River Thames has moved a step closer after a council approved the plans. The £150m bridge, approved by Lambeth Council, is the idea of Joanna Lumley and has been designed by London 2012 cauldron creator, Thomas Heatherwick. The crossing would link Temple with the Southbank. It needs planning permission from Westminster Council....

  • Scheme launched to uncover lost section of Swansea canal southwales-eveningpost.co.uk

    A HIDDEN stretch of the Swansea Canal could be brought back into use as part of an ambitious housing project. A petition has been launched calling for around 100 yards of the waterway, which is currently buried beneath a former council highways depot in Clydach, to be opened up once more. If carried out it would provide a continuous navigable stretch between Pontardawe and Ynystawe....

  • Barton Turf boatyard opens new £450,000 workshop angliaafloat.co.uk

    A boatyard has invested £450,000 in a new workshop to support its success in keeping alive traditional Broads craftsmanship....

Tuesday 11 November

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Thursday 6 November

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  • Wooden Canal Boat Society’s Recycling Trips dial2donate.org

    A recent visit to The Wooden Canal Boat Society’s boatyard in Stalybridge, opened Dial2Donate’s eyes further, exposing the extent to which renovating 100 year old Hazel is set to be a blood, sweat and tears task. Tired looking Hazel may have seen better days but with the selfless work of skipper Chris Leah and his dedicated crew of volunteers, she is set to excel once more – providing wellbeing trips along the North’s winding waterways....

  • How Londoners can reclaim the River Thames spectator.co.uk

    Through the centre of town, the river takes up more space than Hyde Park. And most of the proposals around it represent a huge missed opportunity...

Friday 31 October

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  • River Canal Rescue loses offices in Staffordshire fire google.co.uk

    The fire at Staffordshire-based SP Fireworks on Thursday 30 October has gutted the offices of neighbouring business River Canal Rescue, destroying all stock and membership documents. RCR Managing Director Stephanie Horton was in the office at the time of the explosions, which blasted outside her front door. She managed to escape and was treated for the effects of smoke inhalation. Steph comments: “Although we’ve lost everything and our emergency lines are down, our database is up and running and callouts will continue to be answered. Boat owners in need of assistance can contact us on 01785 785680.” The blaze at the premises on the Baswich Industrial Estate, Tilcon Avenue, took around three hours to bring under control and at its peak, was tackled by a team of 50 fire fighters. The area remains closed and sealed off. Steph concedes she and those working in nearby offices had a lucky escape and is thankful more weren’t injured. She concludes: “Our business continuity plans ensure we’re able to help those who need us - we’ll do our best to keep things running smoothly.”...

Wednesday 8 October

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  • Canal boat blocking Cassiobury lock could take days to recover watfordobserver.co.uk

    A narrow boat has flipped and sunk while going through the lock system in Cassiobury Park. The Grand Union Canal by Iron Bridge Lock has been closed while the boat is recovered - which is expected to take a couple of days. Initial investigations indicate the accident was due to "boater error"....

Tuesday 7 October

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  • Plans for £5bn 'new town' on Paddington Arm standard.co.uk

    A £5 billion new town on the banks of the Grand Union Canal is being planned for the vast Cargiant supermarket site at Old Oak Common. The world’s biggest motor dealership wants to build around 9,500 homes and a new high street on the sprawling 45-acre site in west London it has occupied for 34 years. Other elements of the vision include a “cultural hub” in the Art Deco former Rolls-Royce car maintenance works building that now serves as Cargiant’s HQ, a primary and secondary school and a new dock on the canal for leisure craft....

  • Work due to start on new Thames bridge at Reading bbc.co.uk

    Work is due to start on a new pedestrian and cycling bridge across the River Thames in Reading. The 394ft (120m) bridge is being built to give dedicated access for walkers and cyclists between Caversham and Reading Station and the town centre. Reading Borough Council said the work would begin later this month, with the steel bridge opening by summer 2015....

Monday 6 October

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  • Boat cilled up on Huddersfield Narrow at Dobcross oldham-chronicle.co.uk

    Traffic on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal was brought to a halt yesterday when a 60ft narrowboat got stuck between lock gates. Veteran boatman John Lund, who has run his 70-ft pleasure boat Moonraker on the canal for 23 years, abandoned his own boat to help the stricken crew in Dobcross. ...

Wednesday 3 September

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  • Etruria Boat Group want to set up narrowboat Keppel as a classroom stokesentinel.co.uk

    Enthusiasts have launched an appeal for funding to transform a narrowboat into a floating classroom to help educate people about canals. Members of Etruria Boat Group have set a target of £16,000 to completely overhaul the 54-year-old craft Keppel in order to use it as a mobile resource. And their efforts have been buoyed after receiving a £5,000 donation from a 'friend', who wishes to remain anonymous. ...

Tuesday 2 September

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  • Each new stretch of restored canal boosts public interest in the waterway thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk

    When construction of the M6 was in its final planning stage, a delegation from Westmorland reputedly travelled to London to ask the then Conservative Transport Minister Ernest Marples not to let the motorway cut off the upper reach of the Lancaster Canal. Apparently, the minister declined to even meet the delegates or address their concerns about the waterway. It was a shortsighted decision by a politician who ought to have cared more about our northern heritage. But then motorways were new and exciting while canals were old and virtually useless. It is difficult to believe such a decision would be made today - the canal would be properly bridged to allow vessels to pass underneath....

  • 'Lucky escape' for teenager as River Thames dare almost costs him his life ybw.com

    A teenager was rescued from the river Thames on Sunday after jumping into the water near Westminster as part of a dare. The lifeboat crew from Tower RNLI had been on another callout when they heard radio traffic from passenger vessels nearby alerting them to a boy in the water. The crew headed to the scene immediately to find the 16-year-old, who had almost disappeared below the waterline. ...

  • Erewash canalside pub closes after live mouse seen by health inspectors derbytelegraph.co.uk

    A Derbyshire pub has been forced to close after health inspectors saw a live mouse as well as droppings on plates and next to drinking glasses in the bar. The shocking discovery was made at the Steamboat Inn at Trent Lock, Sawley, last Wednesday and the pub was forced to close on Friday. Mouse droppings were found under kitchen equipment, close to food serving and food preparation equipment such as the microwave oven and on plates. ...

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