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  1. Another from my childhood has departed this mortal coil.
  2. Went to the Crick Boat Show yesterday and at a casual glance I would suggest there were as many wide beams on display as narrow boats. Certainly more than a couple of years ago.
  3. 26 May 2017 BOAT OWNERS’ SURVEY SHOWS INCREASE IN SATISFACTION The Canal & River Trust’s latest Boat Owners’ Views survey shows that boaters satisfaction with its waterways has increased in the past year together with the proportion of boaters who would recommend the charity’s waterways to others and the number who think that the upkeep of the waterways has continued to improve. In 2017’s survey 76% of the 1,160 respondents said they were happy with their cruising experience, up from 68% in 2016. The improving trend was also reflected in the numbers of boaters who would recommend the Trust’s waterways to others, which leapt from 69% in 2016 to 78% in this year’s survey. There was some regional variation with boaters most satisfied in Wales & Borders and least satisfied in London, perhaps reflecting the influx of boats putting pressure on the Capital’s waterways. London was also the waterway where the fewest number of boaters would recommend the waterway to others – just 39%. In general boaters feel they know the charity better (2017: 57%; 2016: 48%) and feel more favourable to the Trust (2017: 59%; 2016: 54%), while there has been a slight increase in the number of boaters who trust the charity to look after the waterways, up from 63% to 65% this year. Opinions about the overall upkeep of the waterways continue to improve, with 77% of boaters rating them OK to excellent (2016: 75%). Jon Horsfall, interim head of boating at Canal & River Trust, said: “The Boat Owners’ Views survey gets right to the heart of how boaters are feeling about us. This year it’s great to see that boaters are happier with how things are, and that they would recommend our waterways to others. “That’s not to say that there isn’t still work to do. The Boat Owners’ Views survey helps us identify where things aren’t going quite so well – for example in London where the growth in boating has put pressure of moorings and facilities. The work underway to create a mooring strategy for London will help to address many of the concerns that boaters have there. “We’ve been listening to the feedback we’ve got from boaters and are involving licence holders in many of our planning decisions. What boaters say really does make a difference and helps us immensely in the work we do – boaters often act as the eyes and ears of the waterways and help us respond quickly to problems so I’d urge anyone with suggestions to get in touch. “The survey findings help us focus on the issues that matter most to boaters, for example this year we’re planning on spending £26.9m on dredging and repairs to bridges and embankments. Dredging is planned across the network, at sites including the Macclesfield, Chesterfield, Lancaster and Grand Union amongst others, with a fund set aside for spot dredging. We’re also going to be spending £17.4m on other works including replacing 180 lock gates with a focus on the West Midlands, South East and Manchester & Pennine regions. Your feedback has played an important part in determining this work. “We’ll be taking an in-depth look at the results to see what needs to be improved upon and what is working well so that we can continue to focus on improving the experience of boaters.” The survey, which was sent to a third of the Trust’s boat licence holders, was carried out by the independent research consultancy BDRC Continental in March and April 2017. It will be repeated each year with the aim of having contacted the majority of boaters on the Trust’s waters in each three-year cycle. The Boat Owners’ Views survey report will be published on the Trust’s website in due course. Boaters can get in touch with the Trust by filling out a webform, calling 0303 040 4040, tweeting @CRTcontactus or getting involved in a local user forum. ENDS For further media requests please contact: Fran Read, national press officer, Canal & River Trust m 07796 610 427 e
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  5. This was Ferret August last year at The Port.
  6. Both CRT and RCR plus some insurance providers have licence holders as freebies at the Crick Boat Show.
  7. PRESS RELEASE CANAL CHARITY MAKES CANOEING EASIER AND SAFER ON THE LLANGOLLEN CANAL Canoeing on the Llangollen Canal is set to become easier and safer thanks to a new canoe guide and three new slipways created by Glandŵr Cymru, the Canal & River Trust in Wales. Canoeists are increasingly joining the thousands of people who each year enjoy visiting the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Llangollen Canal World Heritage Site, which is cared for by the Trust. This stunning 11 mile stretch of waterway is one of the busiest and most popular canals in the country. Protecting the canal banks, looking after the wildlife and making sure everyone stays safe and happy is a key priority for the charity. In a project funded by Natural Resources Wales and public donations to the Trust, two new canoe slipways have been constructed at the top end of the canal close to the Horseshoe Falls at Llantysilio. These provide free access to canoeists to enter and exit the Llangollen Canal and also link into the fast-flowing and more challenging River Dee. Further down on a canal bank opposite the Llangollen Pavilion near the town centre, a third canoe access point has been created for organised groups only, by advance agreement. Email the local Canal & River Trust office at Nicola Lewis-Smith, Enterprise Manager with the Trust, explained: “Canoeing is growing in popularity on the Llangollen Canal and it’s great to see more people out enjoying the beautiful waterway. The 11 mile World Heritage Site takes you across two countries, along two aqueducts and through two tunnels – it would be hard to find a more interesting and spectacular journey. “We believe these new canoe slipways will help to stop bank erosion at the busiest locations and make it easier for less experienced canoeists to enter the water. “We have also produced a new canal canoe guide and map which offer top tips on paddling along the waterway safely. With so many boaters, walkers, anglers and canoeists all using the same space it can get a little congested at times, so we appeal to everyone to treat the environment and other people with respect.” Nick Thomas, Natural Resources Wales Operations Manager said: “The Llangollen Canal and river Dee are great places for people to enjoy being active outdoors with all the health benefits that this can bring. “This project will help ensure safe, well managed and responsible access to the waterways by canoeists, which will benefit other recreational users and local wildlife as well.” You can download the free canoe guide “Paddle the right way” from the Canal & River Trust website. Versions are available in both English and Welsh. Leaflets are also available from the Trevor Basin visitor centre. For more information about the Llangollen Canal and the Canal & River Trust, including how to volunteer and donate, visit Ends
  8. Monday 22 May 2017 BIRMINGHAM’S FAMOUS ROUNDHOUSE SET TO BE BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE WITH £3.3m RESTORATION One of Birmingham’s most interesting historic buildings is set to be brought back to life after being awarded a £2.5m National Lottery grant. The funding will enable a partnership of the Canal & River Trust and National Trust to revitalise the Grade II* listed Roundhouse into a city base from which to explore Birmingham’s famous canals by foot, bike or boat. Situated on Sheepcote Street, next door to the former Fiddle & Bone pub which recently relaunched as The Distillery, the Roundhouse was built in 1874 by the Birmingham Corporation and was originally used as stables and stores. Designed by local architect W.H. Ward, the horse-shoe shaped building has become a real landmark within the city but over the last ten years the majority of it has been steadily falling into disrepair. The investment from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), together with the combined expertise of two major heritage organisations, will see the building restored and rejuvenated as a focal point on the city’s canals. As well as offering a base from which to explore the canal network, plans for the Roundhouse include a café, a cycle hire and repair workshop, volunteering opportunities and a shared working space. It’s anticipated that The Roundhouse will attract over 50,000 people a year, both from the local community and visitors from further afield. The people of Ladywood and the surrounding areas will have an important role to play in the project. There will be a range of volunteering opportunities available and lots of chances for people living nearby and local partners to get involved, helping to shape the activity programme and tell the stories of Birmingham. A fundraising appeal will also be launched to raise the additional funding needed to bring the project to life. Local people will soon have the chance to explore the Roundhouse for themselves with events celebrating the history of the building, and encouraging people to explore the city’s canals, set to kick off in the summer. The building has already been used as a venue for this year’s Flatpack Film Festival and the Birmingham Literary Festival. The £3.3m scheme was awarded an initial development grant of £225,000 by HLF in December 2015 and has now been given a full £2.5m award to enable the scheme to go ahead. Additional funding has been provided by the two partners. Stuart Mills, Property Director for the Canal & River Trust, said: “This funding is fantastic news for Birmingham, and will breathe new life into one of the city’s most recognisable and much-loved historic buildings. The Roundhouse will be a fantastic place to showcase Birmingham’s waterways and heritage and inspire people to explore all that the city has to offer. “There’s an exciting future ahead but to realise it we really want local people to join in and get involved whether that be through volunteering, donating money or simply participating in some of the amazing events and activities that will be taking place.” Lucy Reid, Assistant Director of Operations at the National Trust, said: “The Roundhouse project is all about partnership and co-creation. The end result will be an inspiring and atmospheric space at the heart of our city’s canal network from which to explore the waterways and the hidden histories of the people who made Birmingham – lamplighters, boatspeople and horses. There will be night-time paddles, ‘untours’, films and events, office spaces and a café. “ The grant has been awarded through HLF’s Heritage Enterprise program. It is designed to help when the cost of repairing an historic building is so high that restoration simply is not commercially viable. Grants of £100k to £5million bridge the financial gap, funding the vital repairs and conservation work needed to convert derelict, vacant and under-used buildings like the Roundhouse, into new, usable commercial spaces that can have a positive impact on local economies. ENDS
  9. Some music to help.
  10. Got videoed going down Hillmorton Locks by some Polish tourists about six weeks ago. Didn't mind at all.
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  12. Alan & Mike, thank you for interesting insights. Always willing to learn.
  13. I believe RLWP can supply reliable PRM 150's. This bottle of Merlot is good. Hic! .
  14. Just been to the basin at Trevor this afternoon. Very busy. I would suggest the ratio of 4:1 hire boats to private boats for the hour we were there between 15.00 and 16.00.
  15. The flash is Billinge Green Flash, one of the three where BW dumped and sank boats many years ago now. There is one left, Brill, of the "fish" class, sadly way beyond any restoration.