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#1 PaulG

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 11:11 AM

From a statement from Dave Marshall, Public Relations Officer for Stroud District Council:

"A small but significant step in the restoration of the Cotswold Canals between Stonehouse and Brimscombe was taken last week.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Stroud District Council and the Stroud Valleys Canals Company have now signed the official Funding Agreement. This confirms that the full HLF grant of 11.9m is available to the project. As lead partner, the council can now move forward with the project. Work is expected to begin in October with construction of a new bridge over the canal at Upper Mills, Stonehouse and dredging between Stonehouse Ocean and Haywards Bridge."

Well done Magpie Patrick!
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Posted 30 July 2009 - 11:16 AM

From a statement from Dave Marshall, Public Relations Officer for Stroud District Council:

"A small but significant step in the restoration of the Cotswold Canals between Stonehouse and Brimscombe was taken last week.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Stroud District Council and the Stroud Valleys Canals Company have now signed the official Funding Agreement. This confirms that the full HLF grant of 11.9m is available to the project. As lead partner, the council can now move forward with the project. Work is expected to begin in October with construction of a new bridge over the canal at Upper Mills, Stonehouse and dredging between Stonehouse Ocean and Haywards Bridge."

Well done Magpie Patrick!

Great news!! Well done to all those involved with this important project.

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 11:17 AM

Will they revert to the correct names, once restored?
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Posted 30 July 2009 - 11:19 AM

Excellent news, well done to all concerned.
"Stonehouse Ocean"? Shurely shome mishtake here?
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Posted 30 July 2009 - 11:22 AM

Excellent news; always good to hear of restoration projects getting some decent funding

Well done Magpie Patrick!
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Posted 30 July 2009 - 11:52 AM

Excellent news, well done to all concerned.
"Stonehouse Ocean"? Shurely shome mishtake here?


I live about 100 yards fro here, so should probably explain.

'The Ocean' is quite a well known spot locally, the canal widens our considerably and is currently (before dredging!) covered in water lillies - I'm told that many years ago there was boat building activity there - it is adjacent to the railway where the canal has been culverted and hence is not being dealt with it this particulat stage of the restoration.

This link will explain more

http://www.stroudwat...section 2c.html
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Posted 30 July 2009 - 11:58 AM

Excellent news, well done to all concerned.
"Stonehouse Ocean"? Shurely shome mishtake here?


Link to a picture of "The Ocean" (and pics of the rest of the phase 1a route, and indeed the whole canal!)

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 11:58 AM

I live about 100 yards fro here, so should probably explain.

'The Ocean' is quite a well known spot locally, the canal widens our considerably and is currently (before dredging!) covered in water lillies - I'm told that many years ago there was boat building activity there - it is adjacent to the railway where the canal has been culverted and hence is not being dealt with it this particulat stage of the restoration.

This link will explain more

http://www.stroudwat...section 2c.html

Gotcha! Well, sod my old boots, I'd never heard of that before. Thanks for explaining.
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Posted 30 July 2009 - 06:29 PM

From a statement from Dave Marshall, Public Relations Officer for Stroud District Council:

"A small but significant step in the restoration of the Cotswold Canals between Stonehouse and Brimscombe was taken last week.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Stroud District Council and the Stroud Valleys Canals Company have now signed the official Funding Agreement. This confirms that the full HLF grant of 11.9m is available to the project. As lead partner, the council can now move forward with the project. Work is expected to begin in October with construction of a new bridge over the canal at Upper Mills, Stonehouse and dredging between Stonehouse Ocean and Haywards Bridge."

Well done Magpie Patrick!



Magpie Patrick takes a (rather blushing and possibly undeserved) bow :lol: :lol:

Until now, all i'd felt was relief that, after 13 months of striving, the flipping thing had been signed (where's the hurrah emoticon)

Now I can feel a little bit of elation as well, thanks guys. :lol: :lol:

There were others involved you know...
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Posted 30 July 2009 - 07:24 PM

About flippin time!! That contract has been 'days' away from being signed for, ermmmm, three years now? What sized stick did you finally wave at them this time Patrick?

Now, on with the digging ....
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Posted 30 July 2009 - 07:37 PM

About flippin time!! That contract has been 'days' away from being signed for, ermmmm, three years now? What sized stick did you finally wave at them this time Patrick?

Now, on with the digging ....



Ah, Nicki, there in hangs a tale. BW did sign the contract in 2007, and then walked away in Feb 2008 (it's one of those JFK moments for me. I was sitting in Val's parent's house, my mobile rang, twas BW pulling out, while I was outside the house taking the call the news was on national tele) so we had to start again with Stroud DC.

When I get the chance, a thread titled "The untold story" will appear

and have you ever seen me swing a 62 foot narrow boat round my head while giving out a war cry.... :lol:
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Posted 06 October 2011 - 09:07 AM

More good news:

Lock gates lowered into place at canal near Stonehouse 5 October 2011 Click BBC for video.

For the first time in more than 100 years the lock gates at Ryeford Double Lock near Stonehouse are being replaced.
Engineers began lowering the six oak gates into place earlier. Each one weighs more than two tonnes. It is part of plans to restore nearly seven miles of the Thames and Severn Canal between Brimscombe and Stonehouse.
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Posted 06 October 2011 - 09:41 AM

More good news:

Lock gates lowered into place at canal near Stonehouse 5 October 2011 Click BBC for video.

For the first time in more than 100 years the lock gates at Ryeford Double Lock near Stonehouse are being replaced.
Engineers began lowering the six oak gates into place earlier. Each one weighs more than two tonnes. It is part of plans to restore nearly seven miles of the Thames and Severn Canal between Brimscombe and Stonehouse.


I spent more time than anything on, in and around the Double Lock when I was younger and to be honest I'm gutted that I wasn't down there to see the gates lifted in. All good progress though :)

My first memory of the locks...

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Ryeford Double Lock - Stroudwater Canal by imulford, on Flickr

Edited to add: More pictures of the new gates in this Flickr group...

http://www.flickr.co...d_severn_canal/

Edited by IanM, 06 October 2011 - 09:53 AM.

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 12:22 AM

I would just like to thank and congratulate all those who have achieved so much. Well done
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Posted 07 October 2011 - 09:29 AM

Edited to add: More pictures of the new gates in this Flickr group...

http://www.flickr.co...d_severn_canal/


Wow, I had an invite to go, but could spare the time, but these pictures are great. Ryeford Double Looks cracking, and better, I may get to take Juno through it next spring :cheers:

Wonderful.
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Posted 07 October 2011 - 12:16 PM

As the CCT and funding has re emerged can I bring this to your attention
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#17 IanM

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 01:25 PM

As the CCT and funding has re emerged can I bring this to your attention


Of course you can ;)

Here's the link to the project page http://www.energysha...ge-locks-hydro/
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Posted 28 October 2011 - 11:04 AM

A few bits of news from the Cotswold Canals Partnership Twitter feed...

"Access issues at Frome Gardens in Stroud are now sorted. Work on the flood gates and confluence will start next week!"

"Work is now underway at Stonehouse Ocean to install a new hand-operated swing bridge. Weather permitting, we should finish at the end of Feb"
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#19 IanM

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 01:42 PM

More news:

Contractors are working at Stonehouse Ocean, Ebley, Dudbridge, Chestnut Lane, Wallbridge and Griffins Mill. It's all happening!
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Posted 04 November 2011 - 01:58 PM

and a five minute slot (today) at 12:30 hrs on You and Yours Radio four.
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