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  1. Anyone stayed at Coventry Basin?

    This gent may be able to help there as well: https://www.facebook.com/keith.ward.338 Or try phoning David Moore of Valley Cruisers: http://www.valleycruises.co.uk/
  2. Well Creek, Outwell, HGV in the water

    Toss in a few eggs it couldn't be batter!
  3. PRESS RELEASE 18 October 2017 CHARITY SPENDS £38MILLION TO KEEP YOUR MUCH-LOVED WATERWAYS FLOWING • Step inside 200-year-old empty lock chambers to see canals behind the scenes • Talk to the charity’s team of dedicated experts about the vital work being undertaken • Free events with activities on offer for all the family to enjoy This November will see the start of a five-month-long programme of repairs to England and Wales’ waterways, as the charity, Canal & River Trust, spends £38million to restore some of the nation’s best loved sites. As part of this work the charity is organising 10 free public open days across the country, offering the chance to see a part of the nation’s ‘hidden history’ and some of our most extraordinary waterway locations as you have never done before. The Trust’s team of skilled and passionate experts, from construction supervisors, civil engineers and volunteers, to heritage advisors and apprentices, will be on hand at the open days to explain about the varied work we do and why it’s important to pass this knowledge and experience on to future generations. Excitingly, visitors to the open days will be able to look around a pop-up museum which will showcase old items from the birth of the canals and some of the weird and wonderful finds from below the waterline. There will be ‘virtual hubs’ where people can plug in and watch virtual reality videos of some of our more unusual and awe-inspiring locations, and a display of historic images from each area will be on display. Richard Parry, chief executive of the Canal & River Trust, says: “Our historic waterways are still working as they were designed to 200 years ago thanks to the Canal & River Trust. We work year-round to keep them open and safe for everyone to enjoy, which requires a huge amount of planning, investment and craftsmanship as well as a wide range of knowledge and expertise. Our apprenticeship programme helps us to preserve these skills and to offer local training and employment opportunities to the next generation so these skills can continue for another 200 years and beyond. “By opening up our work to the public we can give them a glimpse into the waterways’ original 18th Century design and explain the scale of the Canal & River Trust’s work to care for them now. We believe that whatever you do life is better by water so we want to inspire more people to support us to ensure we can continue to make our waterways great places to enjoy.” As part of its maintenance programme, the Trust will be working on over 200 different sites across the country. The new lock gates are made in the Trust’s specialist workshops at Bradley in the West Midlands and Stanley Ferry in Yorkshire. To find out more about the Open Day programme and the events happening near you visit https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/about-us/our-campaigns/open-days ENDS For media requests, interviews, images and footage please contact: Sarah Burns, Campaigns Manager, Canal & River Trust m 07766 504270 e sarah.burns@canalrivertrust.org.uk
  4. The Canal & River Trust is today calling on boaters to give their feedback on the charity’s proposals to help make the best possible use of London’s increasingly busy waterspace and improve boaters’ experience of boating in London. The proposals form the London Mooring Strategy and have been developed by the Trust working with boaters and a wide range of stakeholders. They include: 1. Development of new long-term moorings to be supported and prioritised in quieter/less busy areas (primarily outer London) 2. Encourage development of long-term moorings from a diverse range of providers 3. Improve provision, maintenance and management of short-stay moorings 4. Develop custom short-stay moorings to meet customer demand 5. Winter Moorings that recognise and balance the needs of all customers 6. Better provision and management of boating facilities to meet customer need 7. Improve communication between boaters and the Trust 8. Increase business boating activity in key London waterway destinations 9. Support activities that ensure accessible and affordable access to the water for all Boaters can take part in the consultation up until 18 December 2017 by completing the consultation survey online or by filling in a paper version of the consultation survey. The survey will be sent to all boaters the Trust has sighted in London over the past year, either by email or letter depending on the contact details the charity has for them. Anyone who would like to complete the survey can contact the Trust’s London customer service team on enquiries.london@canalrivertrust.org.uk. There will be a number of drop in events during November for people to find out more about the draft strategy: details of these events will be published on the London Mooring Strategy webpage. Matthew Symonds, boating strategy and engagement manager at the Canal & River Trust, said: “Anyone who has visited London’s waterways over the past few years will have noticed how many more boats are on the water. It’s great that the canals are finding new fans, particularly amongst young people, who may well prove to be the waterways’ champions in years ahead. However it means it’s more important than ever that we manage the finite space we have wisely so we can meet the needs of the wide range of boaters who cruise them. “The London Mooring Strategy pulls together proposals we’ve developed over 18 months working with a wide range of stakeholders, surveying boaters, and physically looking at every inch of the capital’s waterways. It’s been a collaborative effort and the input we’ve had from boaters with local knowledge has been invaluable. We’ve also built some strong relationships with councils, developers and landowners who can enable us to put the proposals into practise. “London’s waterways are facing a real challenge – that of being almost too popular. This passion for the canals and rivers can be turned into an advantage if boaters, who are often the most passionate about them, work with us to make the capital’s waterways fair and accessible for all.” The Trust has been working with various groups, including its Navigation Advisory Group, the London Waterway Partnership, national boating organisations, individual boaters and other key stakeholders such as local authorities. In March the charity presented a set of draft proposals to attendees of the Better Relationship Group who have been a ‘boater sounding board’ through the development of the strategy, and then held a series of focus groups with local boaters to refine them. The development of the London Mooring Strategy is anticipated to be completed by the early 2018. Further details of the London Mooring Strategy, including the proposals and details of events, can be found at: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/about-us/our-regions/london-waterways/london-mooring-strategy ENDS For further media requests please contact: Fran Read, Canal & River Trust m 020 3204 4420 e fran.read@canalrivertrust.org.uk
  5. New Cratch cover

    The anchor tube on our boat was originally plugged with a plastic temporary petrol tank type plug. I've replaced it with a pumpout brass fitting which I have sealed the screw cap with Locktite as I don't want any mistakes and water pumped into the boat! I had the water filler cap put in when we tried a bag inside the water compartment. The yard which fitted the bag installed an inappropriate caravan one which eventually split, but that is another story. Our boat is a 45 footer BTW.
  6. New Cratch cover

    We too have a Weltonfield deckboard and A J Canopies at Braunston did a tailor made cratch cover using the existing fittings on the board (cratch). http://www.ajcanopies.co.uk/ Incidentley has your boat a Reeves hull?
  7. Old sayings.

    Canal ones. Credited to those canal folks with large families - We 'ad no telly in them days. Don't bang 'em abahout Get 'em ahead
  8. BBC last night

    Mark, thank you for your input.
  9. Then and Now

    Pump House Sutton Stop
  10. Great CRT response

    Would this have been Dennis Ward?
  11. Sorry, been away on boat and hardly bothered with using 't interweb.
  12. Couldn't post this any earlier as we were out on the boat. 12 October 2017 CANAL & RIVER TRUST ASKS FOR FEEDBACK ON THE FUTURE OF BOAT LICENSING The Canal & River Trust is asking all boaters and boating groups to take part in the final stage of its consultation on the future of boat licensing. The Trust has published a series of licensing options based on the feedback given by boaters in the first stages of consultation held during the spring and summer. It is now emailing or writing to all licence holders and other boating groups and organisations to invite them to take part. It will then put forward a final proposal, including details of when any changes will come into effect. The options being consulted on include: 1. Licence considerations for wider beam vessels on the waterways 2. Consideration of the range of licence discounts offered to different customers 3. Considerations in respect of the Prompt Payment discount 4. Considerations for short term licences 5. Licence considerations in respect of mooring status 6. Impact of any changes following the consultation Ian Rogers, customer service and operations director at the Canal & River Trust, comments: “The consultation sets out to get boaters’ views on the future of boat licensing, including how to make sure that the important financial contribution made by boaters is spread fairly across the boating community. “We’ve been pleased to see so much interest in the consultation from boaters and I’d like to thank everyone who’s taken part so far. Now we’re asking for the entire boating community to take a look at the proposals we’ve developed as a result of these conversations and let us know their thoughts. Nothing is set in stone and we’re still open to new ideas so we welcome any and all feedback. “All our boat licence holders will receive either an email with a link to the consultation, or a letter inviting them to take part. We want the consultation to be as accessible as possible and, for those boaters who may not have easy internet access, we can provide paper copies either by post or from our offices. “I’d urge boaters to read through the proposals and tell us what they think. We want to work together with the boating community to shape a licensing system that it simple and fair.” Boaters have until 18 December to respond to the consultation. After the closing date the Trust will draw up a final set of proposals to be approved by the charity’s Trustees. More information about the boat licensing consultation, including reports from stage one and stage two, and the stage three proposals, can be found here: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/national-consultations ENDS For further media requests please contact: Fran Read, national press officer, Canal & River Trust m 07796 610 427 e fran.read@canalrivertrust.org.uk -------------------------------------------- Fran Read National Press Officer M 07796 610 427 E fran.read@canalrivertrust.org.uk W www.canalrivertrust.org.uk Canal & River Trust, Toll House, Delamere Terrace, London, W2 6ND