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Issue 469 - February 2012

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February Meeting

A warm welcome to our speaker this month, John England. John has travelled up from Bere Regis with our former member Bob Dukes, who with his wife Ann, gave an evening's talk on the Silk Worm in 2008. BROWNSEA ISLAND is the subject of this evening's presentation.

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OnThursday 1st March, Peter Oates and Laura Sturrock will be presenting "Ellesmere Port & Liverpool 2011." As owners of the 75 year old ex-working narrow boat Stanton, Peter and Laura attended the gathering of historic canal boats at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port over the Easter weekend in 2011. A number of historic boats were invited to the Liverpool Boat Show at the end of April and beginning of May and this entailed a crossing of the tidal River Mersey. Finally the route for the leaving of Liverpool involved a journey along the Liverpool Link, opened in 2009, which provides a non-tidal connection with the rest of the inland waterway network. The speakers will show pictures of and comment on their experiences.

Peter and Laura are travelling down from Northamptonshire for this evening, do come along and support them.

Christmas/ New Year Lunch at the Blue Hayes

As in previous year's it is a very good way for 29 members and my Mother-in law Joyce, to spend a very relaxed Saturday afternoon, enjoying good food and finding out from our fellow members their hobbies and other interests. See pictures below.

Thank you Maureen for organising this annual event.

Alan Rose

Lunch picture 1 Lunch picture 2

Members enjoying themselves during the recent lunch at the Blue Hayes Restaurant.
Photos: © David Doulton

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H.R.H. The Princess Royal to visit Canal Project

 
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HRH The Princess Royal will be visiting the Cotswold Canals Project at Wallbridge, Stroud on Friday 10th February. She will open Wallbridge Upper Lock, Stroud Brewery Bridge and tour the Canal Visitor Centre.

Cllr Keith Pearson, Deputy Leader of Stroud District Council said:

"We are very pleased that Her Royal Highness is honouring us with a visit to the important canal developments at Wallbridge.

This is a major feather in the cap for the canal project and we look forward to showing her everything that has been achieved by the canal team and volunteers working together."

http://www.cotswoldcanals.com


January Meeting

 
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Members' Photographic Evening and Competition

The first meeting of 2012 was attended by 24 members.

Brian Evans opened the evening with slides from 1996 of the IWA Jubilee Jigsaw which celebrated and advertised the IWA's Golden Jubilee. All around the country, each IWA branch had a jigsaw piece several feet across showing their local waterways area. This piece was transported by water around the waterways of the area and handed over by each local mayor to the next section. Finally all the jigsaw pieces, having been carried by water to Birmingham, were assembled at the IWA "Waterways for Leisure" conference making a waterways map of the country.

IWA Solent & Arun Branch and Southampton Canal Society worked together on this "Fun Day" and cruised on the Romsey Canal, as Brian said they put "Stop Planks" in to hold the water level. Scenes at Woodmill and on the Itchen, the final slide of Peter Glover sailing away, with the jigsaw piece, in his Mirror dinghy down to Portsmouth for the next section.

A few chuckles and comments were heard as members recalled this adventurous time.

[The issues of this Newsletter for May and June 1996 carried reports of these events. Copies can be found on the Society's website http://www.sotoncs.org.uk in the Newsletter Archive. - Ed]

We continued the evening with Eric & Sue Lewis's selection with their boat Remus, followed by Alan Rose with Purton, Janet Cunningham showed her favourites and Dave Doulton's views from the K&A.

The Competition Winner was Eric Lewis with "Syke House Lock" on the New Junction Canal which runs between the Aire and Calder Navigation and the the Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation.

Other entries shown were: Bristol Floating Harbour, Autumn in Devizes and a Winter Scene.

An enjoyable and well supported evening was had by us all

Our thanks go to Dave Doulton for the use of his New Digital Projector & Laptop..

Angela Rose


Trust transfer delay?

 
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In the absence of definite news, speculation is growing that the launch of the new Canal & River Trust might be delayed past its original launch date of 1st April. The transition trustees are continuing to negotiate with Defra, particularly over the issue of government funding for the next decade. It is said that trustees are arguing firmly that an annual grant of £39million is insufficient to give the Trust the 'flying start' it desperately needs.

BW and Defra are refusing to comment publicly. However, sources close to negotiations believe that a final agreement is 'very close', likely before the end of January. Once agreed, the transfer needs to be approved by Parliament and the Welsh Assembly, but any delay in negotiations will put pressure on the parliamentary timetable. Conceivably this could delay approval for months, although both BW and Defra consider it unlikely.

Rumours on some websites that 'selected journalists' were privately briefed on the delay seem wide of the mark. Indeed, the transition trustees released a public report on the negotiations last month. It pointed out:

"While the Parliamentary process looks as if it will now take longer than we had previously been advised, putting pressure on an April launch date, all the building blocks needed to establish the new Trust next year are falling into place ... it is all taking place much longer than either party would wish."

However, even if there is no delay in the move to Trust status on 1st April, the public launch could be delayed until mid-June, to ensure it does not clash with the planned Diamond Jubilee festivities over the Whitsun bank holiday or the Olympics the following month.

http://www.waterwaysworld.com


Royal woodland for Kennet & Avon Canal

 
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British Waterways is appealing for volunteers to help plant a new 60-acre woodland beside the Caen Hill lock flight on the Kennet & Avon Canal. It is one of 60 Diamond Woods being planted across the country in 2012 to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The first of the 10,000 trees that will make up the canal-side wood are being planted over the next two months. The remainder will be planted towards the end of year, when conditions once again become suitable for planting trees. The project is being run by the Woodland Trust and funded by the Forestry Commission.

The first public planting days will take place on Sunday 29 January (10am- 3pm), Sunday 12 February (11am -1pm) and Saturday 17 March (10am-3pm).

"All those who want to get involved are welcome to come along to the public planting days and plant a single tree or to stay all day. Just turn up. Mud will be plentiful so bring warm clothes, stout footwear and a spade if you have one."

This event is open to all, but under 16's must be accompanied by an adult. Parking will be available in the Caen Hill Locks car park, brown-signed from Rowde, near Devizes.

For more information about the 29 January or 17 March planting days email karen.fishwick@britishwaterways.com or telephone her on 07917 424590. For more information about the 12 February planting day email karentrickey@woodlandtrust.org.uk or telephone her on 08443 345404.

http://www.waterscape.com 18 January 2012


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