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Calor Gas Ltd Recalls 6kg Calor Lite® Cylinders
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Chairman’s Column

 
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6th November Meeting

This evening let us all give a very warm welcome back to Pete, Jane and George of the Day-Star Theatre with their performance of “A Bad Penny”. Sit back and enjoy living in 1964.

After the performance we will, as usual be enjoying an American Supper, kindly brought along by our members.

4th December Meeting

A reminder that the Annual Inter-Society Waterways Quiz will be taking place on Thursday 4th December. As last year’s winners, Guildford & Reading will be organising the Quiz.

SCS members as hosts, look forward to meeting up with our friends from the challengers IWA Salisbury and a new team from the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust, Devizes Branch led by Elaine Kirby, archivist for the K&A Trust.

The evening concludes with the traditional pre-Christmas occasion of an American Supper.

Most importantly we need you to volunteer for our SCS team!! Revision notes and homework will be offered?? (if needed).

New Year Lunch

Time to make enquiries regarding our New Year seasonal lunch. Early Days yet but possibly looking at Saturday 10th January 2014. We noticed that the Blue Hayes Restaurant is under ”New Ownership” we will investigate!

Please indicate to Angela if you are interested.

 

Thank you all again for supporting your Society.

Alan Rose


Bits and Pieces

 
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New Thames Bridge

Work was due to start in October on a new £5.9m 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.

The bridge will sit to the east of Fry's Island, between the existing Caversham and Reading Bridges.

Reading Borough Council said the steel bridge will be opening by summer 2015.

Archive pictures now online

The Canal & River Trust has published online over 37,000 archive records and over 22,000 historic images from its archives for the first time ever.

The £50,000 project is the first phase of a major project to open up public access to the national waterways collection.

The Waterways Archive is housed at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port and is the largest archive of waterway-related materials in the country. This important collection is being made available online at http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/archive


WRG launches new 'Building Bridges' Project

 
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Have you walked along a canal and noticed a bridge in need of a bit of TLC … or have you cruised past a bridge that needs repointing, repainting or even reconstruction?!

The Building Bridges Project is a joint initiative by Waterway Recovery Group (WRG) and Canal & River Trust, which aims to enable volunteers to carry out minor, and some more major, repairs to canal bridges in desperate need of restoration, giving local people and communities the chance to come together and look after a structure on a section of canal or waterway!

WRG is encouraging local organisations such as community groups or residents' associations to undertake more technical restoration work along their local waterways. It is hoped WRG’s new leaflet ‘Building Bridges – A guide for volunteers carrying out restoration work on waterway bridges’ will help volunteer groups through the process ensuring the work is planned, and everyone has a safe and fun experience!

Richard Parry, Chief Executive of CRT says “Our partnership with WRG makes a positive impact on both navigable waterways and those still under restoration. Since the launch of the Trust we have been developing new ways of working together, and have placed the role of volunteers at the centre of our approach. This document is a superb planning tool that will help both our own teams and the wider waterways community when working on more complex and ambitious projects.”

Volunteers can do many things to help preserve or restore a waterways bridge. In October 2014, local residents from Black Jack's Lock Residents Association were the first group to take part in the Building Bridges Project, spending four days repointing Bridge 178 on the Grand Union Canal near Harefield. Volunteers also gave the lock gates and lock furniture a makeover by repainting everything. Residents will return later on in the year to repaint the white bridge – finally restoring it to its former glory. Click here to see photos.

Miles Hendley, Chairman of the Residents Association said “We’ve been concerned at the state of the bridge and lock for some time but didn’t know how to go about restoring it. I then read about WRG volunteers restoring Lady Capel’s Bridge on the Grand Union Canal, near Watford and thought it was something the residents of Black Jacks could get involved in. Working with WRG and CRT has been a great experience – I can’t wait until we all get together again to repaint the bridge and complete the makeover!”

Click here to find out more about the Building Bridges Project and how to get involved!

WRG Press Release 23 October 2014


October Meeting

“Memories of the Great War” with Geoff Watts

 
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Local historian Geoff Watts presented a very well researched talk on the Great War of 1914-1918.

Geoff led us from the dispatch cyclists to other various means of communications.

He gave brief details of some servicemen that had lost their lives in action including Rudyard Kipling’s son John who was a Lieutenant in the Irish Guards and Ellis Humphries and Rupert Brooks who were both WW1 poets.

We saw and discussed War Graves in both France and England. In 1960 on Cannock Chase a new six acre site was given for the German Military Cemetery which contains some 5,000 graves of German nationals, both servicemen and civilians who lost their lives in the United Kingdom during the two World Wars.

We also learnt about The National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas which is a national site of remembrance that honours the fallen, recognises service and sacrifice and fosters pride in our country.

More locally, a “war horse,” a grey gelding named Warrior, that served throughout the war in France was returned to Southampton after the war. He died in 1935 aged 26 and his grave is on the 9th green at the Sports Centre.

A memorial plaque to the Old Contemptibles can be seen on the wall of Dock Gate 4.

We looked at silk embroidered cards and medals from WW1 brought along by one of our members.

We were shown a picture of the Next of Kin Memorial Plaque, or “Dead Man’s Penny,” which was a small bronze plaque issued after the First World War to the next-of-kin of all British and Empire service personnel who were killed as a result of the war. This was accompanied by a Scroll.

This finished off a very interesting and informative evening for nineteen members.

Angela Rose


Peasants revolt over canal

 
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HE CHAMPIONED the poor during his country’s civil war, but Daniel Ortega, the Nicaraguan president, may be about to taste life on the other side of the battlefield as peasant farmers threaten an armed revolt against a Chinese-backed project to dig a canal across their land. Construction is due to start in December 2014.

Campesinos who once supported Ortega’s Sandinista rebels have vowed to fight and die rather than be forcibly removed from their land along the 173-mile route of the waterway intended to link the central American country’s Caribbean and Pacific coasts.

Hong Kong Nicaragua Development (HKND), a Chinese company owned by Wang Jing, 41, a telecoms billionaire, has been awarded sole concession rights to build the canal, designed to handle a new generation of supertankers too big for the Panama canal.

The proposed canal will be able to accommodate ships of up to 250,000 tons - more than double the size of the vessels that will be able to pass through the 100 year old Panama Canal even after its current enlargement which is due to be completed in 2016.

Ortega says the project will lift Nicaragua out of extreme poverty. Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the western hemisphere after Haiti, with half the population surviving on a dollar (60 pence) a day.

Former Sandinistas, however, see it as a “betrayal” of their left-wing revolution, accusing the Ortegas of in effect selling the country to a foreign power: HKND refuses to identify its backers, but these are assumed to be companies owned by China.

In Cruz Verde, which lies along the expected route of the canal, surveyors were chased away by machete-wielding farmers who see Ortega as a “traitor”.

Concern for Lake Nicaragua, the largest freshwater deposit in Central America, is another rallying point. The lake will have to be dredged to 100ft - more than double its present depth - to allow supertankers to travel across it from one part of the canal to the other. The canal risks contaminating the lake, home to fresh water sharks, sawfish, and turtles, with salty sea water, and any oil spill could inflict irreparable damage. The lake is an important drinking water supply and the fish sustain local economies.

The government denies any problem. “People’s worries are natural but we are going to pay a fair price [for their land],” said a government spokesman. “The canal poses no risk to Nicaragua’s sovereignty, nor are there political or military risks. It is a canal for peace.”

The Sunday Times, The Guardian and The Telegraph, 26 October 2014


Calor Gas Ltd Recalls 6kg Calor Lite® Cylinders

 
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6kg Calor Lite® cylinder

Calor Gas Ltd has issued an immediate product recall on all 6kg Calor Lite® cylinders manufactured between 2008 - 2011 inclusively, following concerns regarding the potential deterioration of the cylinder.

A small number of 6kg Calor Lite® cylinders have been found to be showing signs of premature internal deterioration which over time could potentially lead to a gas escape.

Any 6kg Calor Lite® cylinders manufactured in 2008, 2009, 2010 or 2011 should be returned to a 6kg Calor Lite® retail outlet immediately. Cylinders manufactured outside of this date range are unaffected and safe to use as are cylinders from 2008-11 that have already been checked. These are marked with a hole punched into the flat metal tare disc that sits on top of the cylinder just below the valve.

The date of manufacture of the cylinder can be found in two places on the cylinder base ring:

Boaters can find the nearest 6kg Calor Lite® retail outlet by using the ‘Find-a-Stockist’ facilities at the Calor Gas Ltd website. Boaters returning a cylinder from the critical period, will be given for free, a full replacement 6kg Calor Lite ®cylinder.

Further information about the recall can be found at the Calor Gas Ltd website including help on identifying the date of manufacture. Alternatively, there is a dedicated 6kg Calor Lite® team that can be contacted on 0800 783 4141.

IWA Bulletin Mid-October 2014


GaugeMap

 
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The Environment Agency has launched a new website http://www.gaugemap.co.uk/ which provides an on-line link to their river gauging network. For me this recalled the memory of listening to the rain drumming on the roof of the boat, waiting for the river level to fall sufficiently for our cruise to continue. This new site may save you the walk in the rain to monitor the river level. More valuable, it might provide advanced warning of problems and allow you to plan accordingly. If you have a mooring on a river you can sign up for automatic alerts. The following table may be of interest to those cruising out of season, it provides a list of the closest upstream river gauge for the most popular river sections of the canal network. I have compiled the information to illustrate how the data may be of potential interest to boaters. The distance of the gauge from the lock quoted can vary significantly and the absolute levels are of only limited information for navigation safety however, the data is most useful in showing the trend of rising or falling flow in the river or its tributaries. Any information on navigation gauge levels or corrections would be gratefully received.

Gordon Osborn

Canal Lock Closest Gauge Location Name
Aire & Calder Navigation Lock 1, Leeds Lock Leeds Crown Point
River Calder Lock 6, Woodnook Lock Methley
Lock 28, Fall Ing Lock Wakefield
Wakefield Lock Wakefield
Flood Lock, Thornes  
Lock 26, Broad Cut Horbury
Lock 18, Shepley Ledgard Bridge
Flood Lock, Ledgard  
Lock 17, Battyeford  
Lock 16, Cooper Bridge Heaton Lodge
Lock 15, Kirklees Low  
Lock 12, Brighouse Bottom Brighouse Brookfoot
Huddersfield Broad Canal Lock 1 Heaton Lodge
Caldon Canal Lock 16, Oakmeadowford Basford Bridge
Trent & Mersey Canal Lock 1, Derwent Mouth Lock Shardlow (River Trent)
Church Wilne (River Derwent)
Lock 12, Alrewas Lock Kings Bromley
Leicester Line (Grand Union) Lock 41 - Freemans Meadow Freemans Weir
Lock 52 - Pillings Lock Pillings Lock
Lock 56 - Kegworth New Lock Kegworth
Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal Stourport Narrow Lock No 1 Bewdley
Worcester & Birmingham Canal Lock 1, Diglis Lock Worcester (Barbourne)
South Stratford Canal Lock 56, River Lock Stratford
Oxford Canal Lock 32, Nell Bridge Lock Banbury
Lock 40, Bakers Lock Enslow Weir B
Lock 41, Shipton Lock Thrupp
Northampton Arm GU Lock 17 South Bridge
Grand Union Lock 80, Lot Mead Lock Watford
Lock 87, Denham Lock Denham Colne and Willowbank
Kennet & Avon Canal Lock 7, Bath Bottom Lock Bath Destructor Bridge
Lock 85, Newbury Lock Newbury
Lock 88, Bulls Lock Shaw
Lock 101, Sheffield Lock Theale
Lock 107, Blakes Lock Blakes Lock

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