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Tuesday 5 August

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  • Whitchurch canal group starts project preparations shropshirestar.com

    The Whitchurch Waterway Trust hopes by the end of this year to have secured funding for the scheme to extend the canal arm into the town and create a mooring basin. Part of the project will see the canal taken through the old Chemistry Bridge, as well as the new one. As a result, people have been busy maintaining the area before the major work starts next year. Bob Sumner, who has been carrying out some of the work, said: “We have got planning permission for the project and are raising funds to take the canal through the two bridges....

Sunday 27 July

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  • Grantham Canal gets £100k canal dredging dailymail.co.uk

    Part of the Grantham Canal is to be dredged after an environmental project was awarded £100,000. The Canal & River Trust will carry out work on a 2.5km stretch of the water near Redmile, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). ...

  • Historic pub bought by Wilts & Berks Canal Trust gazetteandherald.co.uk

    The Wilts and Berks Canal Trust has bought the historic pub The Peterborough Arms, at Dauntsey Lock, from Wadworth Brewery and plans to have it reopen as soon as possible. The canalside pub was closed by the brewery in April 2013 and the Trust quickly opened discussions to purchase it. The sale has gone through thanks to loans from the Trust’s supporters. ...

  • Chichester Canal renovation unveiled chichester.co.uk

    Renovation work at Chichester Canal continues at pace as the next step was unveiled pn 19th July. The tireless work of volunteers has seen the building, commonly known as The Hickey Building, next to the new shop and cafe, renovated and reopened as part of a £250,000 project, with a lot of funding received from public and private groups....

Tuesday 17 June

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  • Sharpness canal 'pirate' jailed for eight months gazetteseries.co.uk

    A waterways 'pirate' who hijacked a narrow boat and then botched up his bid to disguise it was jailed for eight months today. Bernard Smith caused £15,000 worth of damage in his efforts to repaint the vessel 'Cushie Butterfield' and change its interior after sailing it away from its moorings in Sharpness....

Thursday 12 June

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  • Deer rescued from the Grand Union Canal and then gets stuck a second time leicestermercury.co.uk

    Firefighters were called to a canal twice after a deer got itself stuck in the morning and then again at night. Two crews and a technical rescue team were called to Canal Bank, in Loughborough, to help the animal after reports that it was struggling. Firefighters arrived at the Grand Union Canal at about 9.45am and pulled the animal to safety. A vet was also called but it is not clear whether or not the deer was injured. At 8.35pm, the fire service received another call to say the same deer was stuck in the canal and sent out two crews and the technical rescue team again. ...

  • Fish found dead in Trent and Mersey canal in Stone bbc.co.uk

    More than 100 fish have been found dead in the Trent and Mersey canal near Stone. They were found in a 300m (985ft) stretch of the canal, near the site of a former power station and the proposed site of a new one. An investigation has been launched to identify the cause of the deaths....

Monday 9 June

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  • Voyage of discovery in the West Country telegraph.co.uk

    Are canals suddenly becoming chic? Ten years ago, people would have laughed at such an idea. In a fast-moving world, what was the appeal of antiquated waterways with a speed limit of 3mph? And who in their right minds would live on a narrowboat, a home less than 7ft wide? It is symptomatic of the enduring charm of Britain’s canals that interest in them has probably never been greater. Earlier this year, a heart-warming Channel 4 documentary showed actors Timothy West and Prunella Scales marking their golden wedding anniversary with a succession of canal journeys. They started with the Kennet and Avon. For West, a lifelong canal aficionado who grew up in Bristol, it was a kind of homecoming....

Friday 6 June

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  • Hope of £55m boost for Melksham as new Wilts & Berks study posted wiltshiretimes.co.uk

    Melksham could receive a £55million pound boost if the Wilts & Berks Canal is brought back through the town, according to a new study. The old line of the canal has been lost under modern developments but a plan has been submitted which would allow narrowboats to use the River Avon instead. The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust hopes to create five kilometres of navigable waterway to include new locks, bridges, a towpath and cycleway, together with visitor mooring, landscaping, environmental improvements and even a hydro-electric power scheme. The ‘Melksham Link’ would create a new junction with the Kennet & Avon Canal near Semington....

  • Family reunited by canal medal discovery motorboatsmonthly.co.uk

    The Canal & River Trust has explained how the discovery of a Victory Medal in a canal lock led to a family reunion From time to time, canal workers are lucky enough to come across a few interesting artefacts while carrying out their conservancy work. But when the Canal & River Trust team working on Aldwarke Lock near Rotherham discovered a Victory Medal, they couldn't have guessed how it would bring a family back together. ...

  • Mystery of 10ft snake dumped in L&L canal lancashiretelegraph.co.uk

    Animal welfare officers are calling for witnesses after the decomposing carcass of a 10ft snake was found in the Leeds & Liverpool Canal at Huncoat. The RSPCA had to contact canal officials yesterday to remove the dead animal as it was so rotten that they could not pick it up....

  • The Broads: New Text Service Could Improve Safety | eastcoastboating.co.uk

    The Broads Authority are continuing a text-message trial that has seen some success since it’s launch at the beginning of May. The service aims to give boaters and especially novice boaters and hirers, the latest up to date information as to low water times at Great Yarmouth as well as sunset times. Over the past few years a number of vessels have ran into trouble and it is hoped that the new service will help avoid boaters reaching the restricted clearance bridges at the wrong time and also avoid fast-running currents....

Wednesday 21 May

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  • Police find body of man who fell off narrowboat in Harecastle Tunnel stokesentinel.co.uk

    Police divers last night recovered the body of a man who fell off a narrowboat. The alarm was raised yesterday afternoon after the man plunged into the water inside Harecastle Tunnel, near Kidsgrove. Police, firefighters and paramedics attended the scene at 1.15pm....

Tuesday 20 May

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  • Fire service conducting search of Harecastle Tunnel after man falls overboard off a narrowboat stokesentinel.co.uk

    Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are conducting a search of Harecastle Tunnel after a man travelling on a narrowboat was reported to have fallen overboard. The incident occurred part way through the tunnel near Kidsgrove at around 1.15pm this afternoon. Staffordshire Police have closed the tunnel while their fire service colleagues carry out the search. They will be joined by the specialist underwater search team from Nottinghamshire Police who are currently enroute to the scene....

  • Are sky-high property prices steering home buyers onto water? edition.cnn.com

    How do you get a foot on the property ladder, when you live in one of the most expensive cities in the world? For an increasing number of first-time home buyers like Sandra Reddin, the answer doesn't lie on land -- but in the water. "Doing the washing-up with swans floating by your window -- I love it," says the 55-year-old, who bought a houseboat earlier this year. In a city where $1 million will buy you a mere 25 square meters in prime central real estate, Londoners are turning to the labyrinth of waterways silently snaking their way through the metropolis....

Tuesday 29 April

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  • Record numbers of people plucked from Thames by RNLI last year standard.co.uk

    Londoners were reminded today of the dangers of the Thames after it emerged that a record number of people had to be rescued from the river by lifeboat crews last year. Nearly 400 people were saved, including inexperienced sailors rescued from boats and people who fell in from bridges and the foreshore....

Sunday 20 April

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  • Narrowboat stuck in L&L canal nr Chorley lep.co.uk

    A narrowboat was stuck for several hours after lock gates failed on the Leeds Liverpool Canal in Whittle-le-Woods, near Chorley. The broken gates let water out of the lock very quickly, causing the back of the boat to crash down and get stuck on the concrete....

Friday 11 April

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  • Waterways minister take a trip by horse–drawn narrow boat derbyshiretimes.co.uk

    Defra’s Rural Addairs Minister, Dan Rogerson MP, enjoyed a special trip down Cromford Canal on Birdswood, an historic narrow boat, pulled by boat horse Chelsea. Mr Rogerson said “This new trip boat on the Cromford Canal was one of the first RDPE Rural Economy Grants which the Government awarded, and I am delighted to see how this has helped increase visitor numbers.”...

  • Hero barrister leaps into canal to save child’s teddy newburytoday.co.uk

    A barrister has been labelled a hero after jumping into the canal fully suited and booted to retrieve a youngsters toy from the water. Steven Molloy, of Charles Hoile Solicitors, jumped into the canal after hearing from a colleague that a child’s teddy had been dropped into the canal....

Tuesday 1 April

Environment Agency website address changes

The Environment Agency says that, as from 1st April, its basic web address changes from www.environment-agency.gov.uk to www.gov.uk/environment-agency

For waterways users the direct EA address is a little more complex: www.gov.uk/browse/environment-countryside/boats-waterways 

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