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Wednesday 31 October

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  • Droitwich Canals restoration leader 'very proud' bbc.co.uk

    Decades of toil by thousands of volunteers has paid off in Worcestershire, where more than 4,000 boats have now travelled on two restored canals. And one man has more reason to be proud than most. Max Sinclair, 82, led dedicated helpers who bought diggers, moved tonnes of mud away, built locks and made new towpaths....

Monday 29 October

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  • Canal and River Trust sells Giant's Basin office block in Manchester menmedia.co.uk

    A private buyer has snapped up a Manchester city centre office block as England‘s waterways charity offloads its property assets. Acting on behalf of the owner of Giants Basin, Canal & River Trust - the new name for British Waterways - the Manchester office of Sanderson Weatherall has completed the sale of the 10,376 sq ft Castlefield building for £925,000. Giant’s Basin is partly let to Tangerine Public Relations and Coaching, which occupies about 5,500 sq ft on the ground, second and third floors....

Sunday 28 October

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  • Team completes Birmingham to Worcester narrowboat pull bbc.co.uk

    Six men have pulled a 12-tonne narrowboat from Birmingham to Worcester to raise money for a cancer charity. Maths teacher Neil Evans and five friends took part in the 30-mile (48km) boat pull in aid of Cancer Research UK. The team, all former rugby players, took five days to complete the mission, arriving "on target" at Diglis Basin at 15:00 BST....

Friday 26 October

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  • Canal & River Trust charity seeks lobby firm prweek.com

    The Canal and River Trust has launched a pitch for its public affairs account. The charity was set up this summer to replace public sector body British Waterways, amid a wider cutting back of quangos. After the switchover of duties in July, the trust immediately took on British Waterways' lobbying firm Cavendish Communications, but it has now decided to repitch as it refocuses its work....

Monday 22 October

Max Sinclair wins English Heritage Angel Award

Max Sinclair, the founder of the Droitwich canals restoration movement, has been awarded an English Heritage Angel Award for "Best Rescue of a Historic Industrial Building or Site" for the now-reopened Droitwich Barge and Junction canals

Sponsored by Lord Lloyd Webber, the English Heritage Angel Awards honour individuals and local groups rescuing heritage sites on English Heritage's ‘Heritage at Risk‘ Register.

Abandoned in 1939 and severed by the M5 motorway in the 1970s, the canals were overgrown, silted up and missing most of its operational parts. From the 1960s Max Sinclair wrote letters and lobbied locally, inspiring the creation of the Droitwich Canals Trust in 1973.

Over the years many volunteers contributed time and energy to the restoration project, raising funds and carrying out many of the tasks needed to restore the canals. In 2004, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded £4.6 million towards the £11 million project and British Waterways agreed to a final restoration push in 2007. After 38 years of work the Droitwich Canals were finally opened in July 2011.

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Saturday 20 October

Aylesbury Canal Society turns first sod on new basin

The Aylesbury arm of the Grand Union Canal is set to have its first new canal basin in 200 years, as work begins on the Aylesbury Canal Society’s new private moorings.

The basin, to be called ‘Circus Field’, will be in Broughton, below lock 14 and a mile from from the Society’s old moorings at the end of the arm. It will provide up to 40 moorings and clubhouse, along with dry and wet docks for boat maintenance.

“We have waited a very long time for this, with many challenging problems resolved and no doubt many more to come,” said ACS Chairman Bryan Barnes. “Circus Field Basin will provide the Aylesbury Canal Society with some of the best inland waterway moorings in the country and we expect to attract more members and boats.

“The Society has long been recognised as one of the most welcoming places for visiting boaters and we intend to continue this tradition with up to two weeks of free moorings for visiting boats at Circus Field.”

The society was formed in 1971 and believes its presence at the end of the arm has been largely responsible for preserving it from closure. The move to Circus Field will allow Aylesbury Vale District Council to proceed with its large Waterside development, which will occupy the society's old site at the end of the arm. 

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Friday 19 October

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  • Green light for BCN's Icknield Port canal-side regeneration birminghampost.net

    Outline planning permission has been granted for the transformation of the Icknield Port Loop site near Edgbaston Reservoir - complete with homes, a park, a ten storey hotel, superstore and other facilities. The 22.5-hectare site is owned by The Canals and Rivers Trust (formerly British Waterways), the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Birmingham City Council. The site, previously owned by Advantage West Midlands, has been earmarked for development for many years but previous schemes stalled as a result of the recession. ...

  • Melksham council backs canal link project thisiswiltshire.co.uk

    The scheme to run the restored Wilts and Berks Canal through Melksham has won the backing of Melksham Town Council. Councillors voted on Monday to support an application to extend the existing canal from Semington to the River Avon in the town centre, in the first part of an ambitious scheme which will eventually connect the town to Abingdon and the River Thames. Three kilometres of new waterway will be built, along with a pedestrian and cycle path. Three new locks, two road bridges and a weir in the river will also be added, allowing boats to travel through the town....

Tuesday 16 October

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  • CRT launches Bingley Five-Rise Locks iPhone app thetelegraphandargus.co.uk

    The history behind a famous stretch of waterway is now available to discover, thanks to new technology. The Leeds-Liverpool Canal, between Bingley Five Rise Locks and the Saltaire World Heritage Site, is the subject of a new phone application unveiled at the weekend. The app is the first of its kind on the canal network and has been developed by the Canal and River Trust to reveal the history of the canal, which brought prosperity to the region when it was built more than 200 years ago, and highlight today’s flourishing waterway wildlife and tourism....

Monday 15 October

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  • Olympic gold locks unveiled at Eton Dorney on River Thames bbc.co.uk

    The control boxes at two locks on the River Thames have been painted gold to mark the Olympic and Paralympic wins at Eton Dorney Lake during London 2012. Boveney and Bray are the closest locks to the lake on the Berkshire-Buckinghamshire border, which hosted the rowing events during the Games. The gold box and a commemorative plaque at Boveney Lock, Buckinghamshire, were unveiled on Friday. Berkshire's gold box and plaque at Bray Lock will be unveiled on 22 October....

  • Wilderness Boats complete move to new Semington workshop wilderness.org.uk

    Wilderness Boats owned and run by Ian Graham for around 40 years, more recently with the assistance of Mark Smith, have recently completed the move of their workshop to new premises at Semington Dock, Semington, Trowbridge located on the banks of the beautiful Kennet & Avon Canal, just above Semington Bottom lock ...

  • Historic concrete Purton barge sinks - two years after warning to owners thisisgloucestershire.co.uk

    Canal boaters have been warned to steer clear of an historic sunken barge. Maritime historian Paul Barnett says he told its owners two years ago it risked going to the bottom of the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal but Gloucester Waterways Museum said it made regular checks and was surprised to see the concrete lighter under water at Purton....

Wednesday 10 October

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  • New Cotswold Canals swing bridge opens thisisgloucestershire.co.uk

    A major new bridge has swung into action as part of the ongoing restoration of the Stroud canals. The £300,000 crossing of the town's Chestnut Lane was officially opened by councillors. Janet Blake of Christie Limited ready to cross as the ribbon is cut by Roger Sanders, Geoff Wheeler and Richard Scott of Gallifordtry. Capable of carrying the heaviest vehicles on the road the completion of the bridge was the latest milestone in the Cotswold Canals' restoration....

Tuesday 9 October

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  • Setting course for calmer waters on the Cam cambridge-news.co.uk

    In recent months, the Cam Conservancy has come under fire for everything from registration fees to the row over Mr Asbo. But they’re not the villains they’ve been painted as, Dr Philippa Noon tells MIKE SCIALOM. The River Cam is one of the most famous stretches of water in the UK: winding its way serenely through the sublime architecture of Cambridge, the river should have everything going for it. Yet recently, the Cam has been far from serene. You only have to read the pages of this newspaper to understand the rows and controversies that have marked the story of the river in recent years – not least the very public debate over the future of the aggressive swan dubbed Mr Asbo....

Monday 8 October

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  • Robert Longden's photos capture last generation to work Britain's industrial canals dailymail.co.uk

    The Daily Mail profiles the 'Inland Voyage' exhibition now showing at the London Canal Museum (and as featured in Waterways World, August 2010 - see http://goo.gl/pzosI . "They were once vital industrial routes used to supply coal to Britain's biggest mines and home to hundreds of workers. But now relegated to leisure use, a unique collection of photos of Britain's canals give a rare insight into lives of the last generation to work the inland waterways. The new exhibition, An Inland Voyage, at the London Canal Museum includes pictures from the late 1940s and early 1950s before the use of the waterways changed forever."...

  • The 'Lido Line' - bizarre idea for a swimming lane in the Regent's Canal telegraph.co.uk

    "... Y/N] Studio’s charming proposal for a dedicated swimming lane, a Lido Line, in Regent’s Canal. Running from Little Venice to Limehouse, swimmers will be separated from elegant swans and alarming flotsam by multilayered plastic membranes and protected from filthy water by healthfully oxygenating beds of reeds."...

  • Timothy West and Prunella Scales in Onley marina protest bbc.co.uk

    Husband and wife actors Timothy West and Prunella Scales have joined protesters against a planned 550-berth marina in Northamptonshire. J Marine Ltd wants to build the 90-acre Barby Pool Marina at Onley Park, near Daventry. Those supporting the plans claim it will transform a "most awful area" which has been neglected. But others are opposing the proposals and on Sunday staged a rally near the site....

  • Princess Anne visits Stanley Ferry lock gate workshops wakefieldexpress.co.uk

    The Princess Royal spent around an hour at Stanley Ferry Workshops this morning (Friday) to see the work it takes to build lock gates for canals all over the country. She toured the welding, gearing and lock gate departments, meeting and greeting craftsmen and office staff, before unveiling a plaque to commemorate her visit. The site is one of only two places in the UK where lock gates are carefully built using traditional techniques to exact measurements. Among the dignitaries to meet her were Mayor of Wakefield Elaine Blezard.
She said: “It was a brilliant morning and it was good that she chose to come to Wakefield....

  • Thousands turn out to celebrate Canal Day in Banbury banburyguardian.co.uk

    Banbury's canalside came to life yesterday (Sunday) as thousands of people enjoyed all the fun of Canal Day. Stretching along the canalside to the rear of Castle Quay crowds were treated to an array of entertainment including drama performances at The Mill, live music at General Foods Sports and Social Club and a host of charity and food stalls....

Thursday 27 September

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  • Three teenage schoolboys arrested over Wolverhampton canal attacks birminghammail.net

    Three teenage schoolboys have been arrested after sickening attacks on a Wolverhampton towpath saw six victims pushed into the water. A 13, 14 and 15-year-old have been released on police bail on suspicion of assault following an investigation by officers into ‘brazen acts of malice’. The first attack on September 12 saw a 40-year-old cyclist being shoved in the shoulder, causing him to fall into the Birmingham Canal near Gorsebrook Road in Whitmore Reans. ...

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