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  1. Yep. Photo's from CRT Archive.
  2. CRT PressRelease 29th September 2022 NATIONAL STANDARD FOR BOATERS’ facilities The Canal & River Trust has started the process of setting a national standard for the water points, refuse sites and other boater facilities that it provides across the waterways network. The Trust provides over 600 water points, 264 Elsan points, and 250 refuse and recycling sites free at the point of use. There are also 77 pump-out machines and, in some areas, toilets and showers. However, there is no statutory requirement or set of standards about where or what facilities the Trust will provide. The Trust is starting a consultation for boat licence holders, to agree a minimum standard of customer service facilities that, within existing resources, will best meet the needs of those living on and navigating the network. The consultation has been developed with boaters from the Trust’s Navigation Advisory Group and elected boater representatives and builds on the findings of the Inland Waterway Association survey and recommendations on customer service facilities. The Trust spends almost £4 million every year on maintaining the facilities and managing waste. Many older facilities require investment, whilst the cost of providing and maintaining the Trust’s facilities is also increasing, with soaring inflation and, in too many cases, the need to repair vandalism to customer service buildings housing the facilities. The Trust will be asking boaters about what facilities they consider essential: what facilities should and should not be provided by the Trust; what the minimum cruising distance between facilities should ideally be; and what local factors should be taken into consideration where there is higher or lower demand. The process will also set a standard for the quality and availability of facilities. Matthew Symonds, head of customer service at Canal & River Trust, said: “We know how important it is for boaters to be able to access water and waste facilities when they are cruising. In reality, many of the boater facilities that we provide have been installed over time without an over-arching national standard, which can make it hard for boaters to know how far they might have to travel and what they might find. “Set against the context of growing customer expectations and rising costs in providing and maintaining the facilities, we recognise that there is need to change and improve how we provide them. We want to ensure we provide facilities that boaters need, delivered to a consistent standard across our network, and that the facilities are better in terms of resilience and reliability, with fewer breakdowns and incidents of vandalism. “The intention is to use our resources more effectively to deliver the best possible service for boaters. I would encourage all boaters to share their views on how we can achieve this together.” Phase one of the consultation will take place until 21 November 2022. Boaters are invited to participate by completing the online consultation survey. A second phase, which will look at existing facilities against the new minimum standard, will take place in 2023. This consultation is not about any specific customer service facilities, but a national standard that will then inform decisions about local facilities. There is no intention to remove stand-alone water points. Ends For further media requests please contact: Jonathan Ludford, Canal & River Trust m 07747 897783 e jonathan.ludford@canalrivertrust.org.uk
  3. Figure of eight also known as a stopper knot. Stops a line/rope from disappearing through a fairlead or a jamming cleat etc.
  4. A splice is less bulky than a sheet bend. Also if you use a back space it is a “pretty” way of finishing your line off. Use of a splice rather than a sheet bend comes from experience of many years of sailing offshore.
  5. Not a knot but learn how to splice 3 strand rope as a temporary fix when someone cuts your mooring line. Happened to us on the Calder and Hebble whilst we were on the boat when it was dark. A sheet bend is better for joining ropes.
  6. CRT Press Release 28th September 2022 Canal & River Trust publishes its 2021/22 Annual Report The Canal & River Trust has today (28 September 2022) published its 2021/22 Annual Report & Accounts, the second year to be severely affected by Covid-19. The Report documents a continued rise in use of the towpath with nearly 800 million individual visits across the year and a record summer for boating once the waterways were able to re-open in May 2021 for unrestricted navigation. Accounting for variances relating to the pandemic, income for the year remained broadly stable and the Trust was able to increase the amount spent on core maintenance and repair works to keep the network open, safe and navigable. In a year that saw both drought and further winter storm damage, once again bringing additional unplanned and costly works, the Report highlights the increasing impacts of climate change and how, with continued support and funding, the Trust’s 250-year-old network is helping to address the national crises in public health, biodiversity and the climate emergency. Richard Parry, chief executive of the Canal & River Trust, comments: “In a year severely affected by the pandemic, the Trust has demonstrated its resilience to the challenges faced and continued to provide opportunities for the nine million people who have waterways on their doorstep, to experience the wellbeing benefits they offer. “With the threat of climate change, we must continue to focus funding and resources on increasing the resilience of the canal network and our core purpose of keeping the waterways safe, attractive, accessible and available, for boating and the wide range of other users. In doing so, we can help Britain mitigate the effects of a changing climate, from helping to cool cities in summer, to providing low-carbon energy to heat homes in winter and as sustainable transport traffic-free routes through our towns and cities.” Over 160 large-scale works were completed across the year, including repairing masonry and brickwork, fixing leaks, updating and installing hydraulics and electrics, and fitting 132 lock gate leaves handcrafted at the Trust’s specialist workshops. However, the Trust’s largest spend on infrastructure in 2021/22 was again on its high-risk reservoirs, the oldest in the country, continuing a programme of additional works over the decade to minimise any threat to public safety and to safeguard the vital canal water supply that the reservoirs provide. The Report also looks ahead to the review of the Government grant, due to complete in 2022/23, for the period beyond 2027 when the current Grant Agreement comes to an end. Richard Parry continues: “Our waterways provide accessible and attractive space for millions of people, often in some of the most deprived communities, supporting government policy to enhance health, wellbeing and prosperity. No other UK charity brings so much free blue and green space to the doorsteps of so many. “As the cost of looking after our ageing network continues to rise, the sustainable long-term future of our waterways depends on building broad support and maintaining our partnership with Government, to secure the funding that is essential to address their long-term resilience and avert their decline. With our grant declining significantly in real terms over the next few years, the current Government review of our future funding provides the opportunity to demonstrate the substantial benefits that waterways bring, as well as the wider public risks associated with our ageing and vulnerable network.” Volunteering, an integral part of the Trust’s resource which was largely curtailed during the pandemic, recovered well following the easing of government lockdown restrictions and this continues. The work of volunteers and partner organisations is central to the Trust’s community engagement initiatives, biodiversity improvements and the further attainment of Green Flag Awards which now cover over a quarter of the network. Richard concludes: “As the charity that believes in making life better by water, we work with communities to transform their local waterways. The ongoing support we’ve received has enabled us to increase this work and to encourage participation in our activities. We appreciate all the effort and dedication through the past year, without which we could not have delivered on the scale that has been achieved.” To view the Trust’s 2021/22 Annual Report & Accounts visit: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/about-us/annual-report-and-accounts. This year the Trust’s Annual Public Meeting will be hosted online on 12 October at 12 noon with people able to view and submit questions. Further details are available on the Trust’s website. ENDS For further information, please contact: Jonathan Ludford, Canal & River Trust m 07747 897783 e jonathan.ludford@canalrivertrust.org.uk
  7. CRT Press Release: 27th September 2022 AWARDS CELEBRATE WATERWAYS VOLUNTEERS IN YORKSHIRE & THE NORTH EAST Waterways and wellbeing charity Canal & River Trust, together with Marsh Charitable Trust, has recognised volunteers in Yorkshire and the North East at its annual volunteer awards. The awards celebrate volunteer excellence and are given to teams and individuals across the country who volunteer for the charity, reflecting the fantastic range of volunteering that takes place on its waterways. This year, Canal & River Trust celebrates its tenth anniversary of protecting and preserving 2,000 miles of historic waterways across England and Wales - including 317 miles across the Yorkshire and North East region. So, to mark a decade of charitable care, an extra category has been added to the awards to recognise those who have been volunteering with the charity since its inception. Volunteers were invited to a ceremony at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, where the regional awards were presented. And all those in the region who have volunteered for ten years or more were recognised with a special plaque to mark their service to the canal charity. The individual award recipient was David Wadsworth, who was recognised for ‘demonstrating enormous generosity in the sharing of his array of excellent heritage skills and knowledge.’ Meanwhile, the team recipients were the Tuel Lane Lock volunteer lock keepers, who were nominated for ‘always providing safe passage through the lock for boaters.’ Sean McGinley, regional director, Canal & River Trust, said: “Our volunteers make a tremendous contribution to the region’s waterways, bringing their skills, enthusiasm and experience to a vast array of activities and tasks and enabling us to keep the canals open and available for people to use and enjoy. These awards showcase the range of their talents and celebrate their enthusiasm, passion and sheer hard work. They are an inspiration and I offer my congratulations to them all.” Christine Mellor, head of volunteering at Canal & River Trust, said: “In the decade since the Trust’s launch, we have seen an incredible change in the number of people volunteering on the canals and the impact that they have. This summer, volunteers donated their five millionth hour to Canal & River Trust since our launch ten years ago. These awards reflect how much we value and appreciate our volunteers who, working together with colleagues across the Trust, have enabled us to tend our beautiful green and blue spaces for future generations. “Volunteers enable us to make significant changes that benefit all those who visit. On a day-to-day basis we see the impact that our volunteers have, leading and advising in how the Trust works; talking to and supporting customers; carrying out research; enabling our waterways to thrive by connecting our communities, conservation, improving biodiversity and protecting wildlife, to name a few. It means we can reach out to achieve so much more. Our volunteers bring experiences and insight from the local community, some of them joining us for a day, some for many years. “These awards recognise just some of our volunteers who have made such a significant contribution in maintaining the beauty of our waterways. I'd encourage anyone who is interested in volunteering for the Trust to come along and get involved.” Brian Marsh OBE, chair at the Marsh Charitable Trust, said: “We are pleased to be able to work with Canal & River Trust and to deliver these awards in their tenth year. The awards recognise some very special people who give their time to volunteer on our nation’s waterways and support the wellbeing of those that use them.” Award ceremonies will be taking place in each of Canal & River Trust’s six regions in the coming weeks. For more information about the work of Canal & River Trust, including how you can volunteer or donate, visit www.canalrivertrust.org.uk -ends- For further media requests please contact: Naomi Roberts (Mon-Wed) on 07557 256482 or email naomi.roberts@canalrivertrust.org.uk Natalya Catton (Thu-Fri) on 07776 664714 or email natalya.catton@canalrivertrust.org.uk
  8. CRT Press release 26th September 2022 WATERWAYS’ WINTER WORK PROGRAMME FOR 2022-23 ANNOUNCED The Canal & River Trust has announced its winter works programme 2022-23, providing details of the major repairs and canal improvements the charity will be carrying out between November and March. 48 waterways will benefit from 172 large-scale works to repair masonry and brickwork, fix leaks, update and install hydraulics and electrics at mechanised structures, as well as replacing seals, stop plank grooves, lock ladders and lock gates. The Trust’s specialist workshops are handcrafting 120 lock leaves for the works, to be installed at 52 locks across the network. As usual, the Trust is carrying out the works in winter to minimise disruption to boaters over the busier summer cruising months and will be aiming to avoid the Christmas period when more boats take to the water. 72 stoppages are due to take place before Christmas, with 93 scheduled for the new year, and a small number spanning the festive season. Works aimed at improving navigation for boaters will be taking place across the network. On the Kennet & Avon Canal, there is a suite of lock gate replacements between locks 52 and 65, including works at Crofton Pumping Station. The Queen Elizabeth Lock at Caen Hill will also be re-grouted to reduce leakage. Lock 3 at Hillmorton will see its gates replaced and a number of lift bridges on the Oxford Canal will have their hydraulics renovated. There are lock gate replacements at Tardebigge Flight on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal, gate repairs and replacements at Audlem on the Shropshire Union Canal, and on the Hanwell Flight on the Grand Union Canal in London. In the north of the country, which has been battling difficult drought conditions this summer, the Trust will continue its programme of water-saving repair works, after utilising the unscheduled canal closures to complete some repairs early. One such project was at Bosley Lock Flight on the Macclesfield Canal, where dozens of essential tasks, including the relining or replacement of lock gates and work on cills, paddles, mitres, spindles and quadrants were brought-forward, alongside mortar repairs, painting, re-pointing and the creation of a new boater landing stage. Canals including the Leeds & Liverpool, Rochdale, Peak Forest, Macclesfield, and Huddersfield Narrow will see gate replacements and repairs, grouting, relining, masonry works to washwalls and other improvements over the winter. This is on top of the Trust’s major investment to future-proof its reservoirs, which are vital to the network’s boating demands, which will continue over the winter. This includes the ongoing work at Toddbrook and Barrowford reservoirs in the North West. Richard Parry, chief executive at Canal & River Trust, said: “As boaters know, we work year-round to maintain navigations but the work we carry out over the winter is at the heart of it. While there are some familiar names on this year’s list of work locations, the majority of the winter works are the ongoing repairs we need to undertake every year to keep the waterways navigable and safe: replacing older lock gates, repairing bridges, locks and aqueducts, and fixing defects. “We’re also continuing our programme of the works needed to strengthen the resilience of our 250-year-old infrastructure, with climate change – both heavy rain and drought – presenting significant and costly challenges to assets which were built when industrial civil engineering was first being developed. “Navigation depends on having a resilient network, while safe and accessible waterways help improve the lives of millions of people in waterside communities and act as green corridors that bring huge benefits for nature recovery. It’s more important than ever that these historic waterways are properly funded so we can preserve them for boaters, neighbours, and all those who spend time by them.” The full winter stoppage programme can be viewed on the Notices & Stoppages page of the Trust’s website: canalrivertrust.org.uk/notices Ends For further media requests please contact: Jonathan Ludford, Canal & River Trust m 07747 897783 e jonathan.ludford@canalrivertrust.org.uk
  9. The pooch is a Jack Russel Border Terrier cross named Belle. She is a rescue dog, we got her when she was two. We kept the name the previous owner had given her.
  10. Out of interest, who were your grandparents please?
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