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Issue 332 - June 1999

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AT A COMPUTER NEAR YOU

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Most of the larger waterway organisations now have a web site of their own as interest in the Internet from the general public continues to grow.

The Southampton Canal Society has joined in the latest form of publication in order to spread word about the waterways and the Society in particular. The site has been put together over the last few months by the editor of this Newsletter and has been available since the second week of May. Already, several dozen people have accessed the site from ? Well, it's possible that it could be from anywhere in the world, but more likely it's canal enthusiasts from this country.

Information has been organised under a number of headings:

About the Society
 
Society Meetings
events organised by SCS
Newsletter
snippets from the latest Newsletter
Sales
details of items from the Sales Stand
Local Waterways
with details on the Itchen Navigation, Andover Canal and the Titchfield Canal. This part of the site is currently being developed further with more information on the Itchen and eventually on the Southampton and Salisbury Canal.
Waterway Events 1999
the diary that appears in this Newsletter.
Waterway Links
details of Internet access to both national and local waterway societies.

So those members who have access to the Internet, have a look at our site for yourself. The site can be reached at:

www.sturrock-oates.demon.co.uk/scs/scs.htm    [Please note that this address is now out of date and no longer available.]

If you have any comments or ideas for improvement then feel free to contact me, Peter Oates, either by email (peter@sturrock-oates.demon.co.uk) [address now out of date] or by more conventional means (address and phone number on page 2).


Water Abstraction

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In a new document entitled Taking Water Responsibly, the Government has announced its decision following the consultation on changes to the water abstraction licensing system in England. The Government intends to go ahead with most of the proposals in the Review as soon as there is Parliamentary time to bring in legislation. This includes the plan to issue future licences on a time-limited basis and to bring nearly all water abstractions and transfers under some form of control.

The Government will proceed with the introduction of consents for the abstraction of water for canals, which IWA opposed in the consultation. The document stresses that this will only cover surface water systems that are controllable and that there is no intention to bring transfers of water within the canal network into the new authorisation system.

Other points of interest include:

Copies of Taking Water Responsibly can be obtained from DETR Free Literature, 0870 122 6236. The sections of most interest to navigation interests are 3.10 to 3.15.

IWA Head Office Bulletin - May 1999


May Meeting

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The audience of nearly 70 people were treated to a fine performance by our guests Day-Star Theatre. This was the third visit made by the company to Southampton; the first was in July 1997 to help us celebrate the Society's 30th birthday.

According to those who have seen many of Day-Star's productions, the new play presented this year, The Water Flows On, was one of the best (and it was only the second public performance). The two actors, Jane and Duffy Marshall, kept the audience intent on the action and highly amused if the amount of laughter was anything to go by. I won't attempt to to relate the plot here - for those who weren't at the play, it would spoil your enjoyment when you do go to see it and, of course, those who were there already know the storyline. Thank you Jane and Duffy. I am certainly looking forward to see you in action again.

The play was followed by light refreshments. This was fully up to the standard that members have come to expect and those present showed their appreciation by polishing up nearly every crumb. A very big thank you to all those who were involved in the preparation.


SOCIETY WALK

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Those observant members who read their Newsletters, may remember the announcement last month that several informal walks along local waterways are to be organised this summer.

The first of these will be held on Sunday 11th July and will take in the stretch of the Andover Canal (usually known as the Romsey Canal) which runs for about 1½ miles on the north side of Romsey.

We will start the morning by having a look over the preserved Romsey Signal Box which was rescued by enthusiasts when it became redundant a number of years ago. It has been fully restored to working condition on a site only a few yards from its original position and also next to the canal.

Once we've finished there, walk north along the former towpath towards Timsbury. Near the north end of this stretch of canal, lies the Duke's Head public house. By the time we get there, it should be open for those who would like a drink and / or a snack. There is no compulsion, however, on walkers to take part if they'd rather eat a picnic on the banks of the canal (assuming that the weather's good - which of course it will be because we've arranged it). Walkers will then be free to make their way back to the start point in their own time.

We will be meeting outside the Plaza Theatre in Winchester Road, Romsey (NG Reference SU358213) at 10.30am. Car parking is available nearby - try the road next to Rayco Ford Garage by the railway bridge nearest the Plaza. Hope to see lots of you there!!


British Waterways

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The launch of the consultation on BW's proposals for a 'membership' scheme is now to take place on June 17th, rather than May 5th as previously announced. The national launch, by Waterways Minister Alan Meale MP, will take place at Regents Zoo and will be followed up by regional presentations during late June and early July.


Victor Waddington

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Victor Waddington, one of the best known commercial canal carriers in the North East, died in April, at the age of 90. His funeral was on 27th April at his home town of Wath-on-Dearne. Victor was a keen advocate of the carriage of freight by water and known locally as "King of the Canals", but was foremost a businessman.


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