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February 2017
Mill Barn Project Manager
We are really delighted that Janice Lyall has taken on the challenge to oversee all aspects of delivery of this crucial project for the Canal Trust.  More on this...

February 2017

New role of Charity Fundraiser(s)

H&G CT see this as a high priority position to dramatically strengthen our fundraising.

More details...

Grand Holiday Draw 2017
As reported in the last edition of The Wharfinger, the Grand Holiday Draw 2016 was another successful year raising £2,500.
Once again this year we have some great prizes!

More details...

November 2016

H&G Canal Trust is looking for a new Chief Executive, in a voluntary capacity.

More on this...

November 2016

Towing TOW

H&G CT’s 70’ heritage mud hopper, Tow, was towed by Muskrat, a 35’ foot narrow boat, from Camp Hill to Alvechurch, on Sunday 23 and Monday 24 October along the Birmingham Canal Navigations.

More on this story...

November 2016

Grand Holiday Draw Results

The 2016 Grand Holiday Draw raised over £2,500.

Prize winners...

November 2016
Canal House for Rent

Just been refurbished – available immediately £895 pcm.

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November 2016
New Canal Cycle and Walk leaflet: OVER BASIN

The H&G CT Canal Walk leaflets are proving very popular with members and each includes part of the route of our Canal.
We have just published a sixth walk leaflet – although this time it is equally suitable for cycles.

Three picturesque routes to Over Basin from the villages of Highnam and Maisemore and Gloucester City Docks. All three have well-maintained, all-weather surfaces and are suitable for walking or cycling. This enjoyable route uses the National Cycle Network routes 42 and 45.

More details...

November 2016

New Membership Welcome Packs !
If you are still struggling to find that elusive gift why not give a H&G CT Gift Membership – a gift that lasts all year – it will outlive those flowers or box of chocolates!

More details...

August 2016

Over Festival 2016 - video coverage courtesy of SoGlos and Squashed Robot


July 2016

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service - Presentation

H&G CT friends and supporters looked on as the Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter DBE, arrived in a Lanchester vintage car accompanied by Air Vice Marshal Mike Smart DL, representing the Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire, Countess of Darnley. The Right Worshipful Mayor of Gloucester, Councillor Neil Hampson, and the Right Worshipful Sherriff and Deputy Mayor of Gloucester, Councillor Said Hansdot, were in attendance.

More on this story...

June 2016

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

H&G CT depends wholly on our large band of volunteers to progress our objective to rebuild a sustainable Canal between Hereford and Gloucester. We are, therefore, honoured to receive and extremely pleased that our volunteers' efforts have been crowned with The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) 2016.

More on this story...

May 2016

Green Apple Award 2016 – International Recognition

H&G Canal Trust has won an International Green Apple Award 2016 for the Built Environment and Architectural Heritage. The Award was given for Dymock Partnership Project.

More on this story...

May 2016

Over Festival on the Canal 2016

This year’s Festival promises to offer another fun weekend around Over Basin with craft and produce stands, boat trips, walks, demonstrations and refreshments.

More on this story...

May 2016

New Length of the Canal unveiled at Ledbury

Another new partnership is planned on the line of the Canal. This time it is to the north of Ledburyand will include a half mile of the Canal along the western side.

More on this story...

May 2016

The Wharfinger Magazine Edition 128

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February 2016
First Phase at Dymock completed!
Dymock Parish Council wanted affordable housing to keep Dymock a vibrant community .... and the H&G CT wanted to start reconstructing the canal through the village....

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February 2016

Mill Barn

Our sincere thanks to everyone who responded to the Mill Barn Appeal which has got off to an excellent start, and by early February stood at over £24,000 and rising.

More on this...

February 2016
Grand Holiday Draw 2016
The Grand Holiday Draw 2015 was a huge success raising £2,291. Let’s make this year even better!

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A traditional country inn situated on the edge of Newent in the historic Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire.

Visit Malswick House and you can expect to find a relaxed bar area, dining room and large beer garden. On offer you will see a variety of our tasty and popular bar nibbles, great local ales and a warm friendly welcome!

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Social Evenings for 2016

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December 2014

Awards for All Grant

The Canal Trust is pleased to announce that a grant for £5,900 has been secured via the Big Lottery Fund 'Awards for All' scheme.

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November 2014

The Route of the Canal

During the last few months the Local Authorities along the route of the Canal have carried out public consultations on their plans for development over the next 12 years.

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May 2014

Our Holmer Trading Estate scheme comes back to life!

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Online Shopping can raise funds for the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal Trust.

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February 2017
Mill Barn Project Manager
We are really delighted that Janice Lyall has taken on the challenge to oversee all aspects of delivery of this crucial project for the Canal Trust.  Many will know Janice as our ‘artist in residence’ providing the fabulous artworks that adorn both Malswick House and The Wharf House. 
Few will appreciate that Janice’s career has actually been based in Risk and Project Management at senior level through a portfolio of major industries from the Coal Board to the Nuclear Industry.  It is this highly appropriate skill base that Janice is now set to use to our advantage to ensure that Mill Barn is delivered, and just importantly all the funding for it is secured. Further news on this will be published as Janice develops a team to take this critical project for the Canal Trust forward and build the partnerships with stakeholders that are critical to deliver this and indeed many other projects in the future.

 

February 2017

New role of Charity Fundraiser(s)

H&G CT see this as a high priority position to dramatically strengthen our fundraising. This especially comes into focus with a number of new projects that L&PDT will be delivering for the Canal Trust to take forward in 2017.

In order to gain new lengths of our Canal we need to increase the Land Fund pot. Once we have the land we then have to fund all the work required to deliver what we are all here for a Canal in water. To this end, one of the most vital roles on this executive board will be that of an experienced Fundraiser. We are looking for someone – indeed a team – with excellent communications skills and the enthusiasm to drum up support for our organisation from many different sources.

There will be several different roles from fundraising from individuals or Charitable Trusts; to corporate sponsorship; or bidding for traditional grants from the vast range of funding bodies both large and small. The ability to network is paramount for this job, since success in the role depends heavily on being able to forge positive relationships with our supporters. Fundraisers also work to raise awareness of the charity’s work, aims and goals.

We need volunteers with creativity, imagination and a proactive attitude towards fundraising, with drive and enthusiasm to carry out projects to conclusion. This role could be totally voluntary or maybe the successful applicant could build in a way of becoming self-funding in successful bids. If you are an experienced fundraiser or bid writer or know of someone keen to spare time and add value to H&G CT we would be pleased to hear from you. 

To contact us for more details or express an interest in this role please email the H&G CT via the Contact Us page.

Thank you

November 2016

H&G Canal Trust is looking for a new Chief Executive, in a voluntary capacity.

Following an extensive review over the past six months by a volunteer senior HR and business effectiveness consultant of 30 years' experience, H&G CT is restructuring its management. This is to address the increasing demands for executive action across its broad range of restoration and associated projects and partnerships with other bodies.

In addition to its board of trustees ("Council"), H&G CT is establishing an Executive Board which will manage its day-to-day activities on behalf of Council. A first essential step is the recruitment of a Chief Executive to lead the Executive Board. H&G CT seeks someone to lead and develop the charity in a part-time role on a voluntary basis.

Job title: Chief Executive

Location: within reach of the Hereford and Gloucester area

H&G CT seeks someone who is stimulated by the excitement, challenges and rewards of this voluntary leadership role.

A briefing pack for applicants is available from the Trust in response to a request sent to chiefexecutive@h-g-canal.org.uk or via the Contact Us page on this website.


Thank you.

Grand Holiday Draw 2017
As reported in the last edition of The Wharfinger, the Grand Holiday Draw 2016 was another successful year raising £2,500. Let’s make this year even better!

Once again this year we have some great prizes!

Narrow Boat Holiday for FOUR
ONE WEEK Prior to 31/5/18 Excluding Bank Holidays. Donated by Black Prince Holidays

ONE Day's Boat Hire
To be taken in 2018, excluding Bank Holidays. Donated by ABC Leisure Group

ONE night Bed & Breakfast for TWO
at The Wharf House, Over Wharf, Gloucester. Donated by The Wharf House Company.

The prize winners will be drawn at the Social Evening at The Royal Oak, Much Marcle, on 19 September 2017. Our thanks to Black Prince Holidays, ABC Leisure and The Wharf House for donating the Holiday prizes – so every pound raised is a pound towards restoration of the Canal.

If you would like to buy or sell some tickets on behalf of the H&G CT please Contact Us and we will be delighted to send you some tickets.

Tickets are also available at The Wharf House at Over and Malswick House at Newent.
Thank you

 

November 2016

Grand Holiday Draw Results

Thank you to everyone who helped, in any way, to make this yet another successful Grand Holiday Draw. The draw raised over £2,500 and well over half of this came from the tickets sent out in the Wharfinger and returned by our members.

The draw was once again made at the September Social Evening at Much Marcle.
1st Prize: Ticket no. 09465
Narrow Boat Holiday for 4 – donated by Black Prince Holidays: Lyn Baker, Gloucester.
2nd Prize: Ticket no. 2086
One Day’s Boat Hire – donated by Beacon Park Boats:  John Flemons, Gloucester.
3rd Prize: Ticket no. 07744
One night Bed & Breakfast for Two at The Wharf House: Mr & Mrs Ball, Shoreham-by-Sea.

Our grateful thanks to Black Prince Holidays, Beacon Park Boats and  The Wharf House for donating the Holiday prizes which help to make our annual holiday draw such a success.

Thank you also to everyone who supported the 2016 Grand Holiday Draw in any way.

 

November 2016
Canal House for Rent

2 bedroom character semi-detached house in Llanthony Road, Hempsted, Gloucester.

Just been refurbished – available immediately £895 pcm.

Situation: The cottage is situated within walking distance of Gloucester Quays and Gloucester College as well as the docks and town centre, providing excellent shopping facilities and amenities.

A secluded unfurnished, two double bedroom, semi-detached property in a unique and interesting riverside location close to the city centre comprising entrance porch, lounge with gas fire, kitchen with electric cooker, second reception, large storage cupboard with plumbing for washing machine. To the upstairs there are two good sized bedrooms both with storage and a bathroom with shower over the bath. To the outside there is a large garden.

Parking area close by accessed by a private footbridge over the river. May not be suitable for younger children. Pets welcome.

For more information and to register your interest please contact:
www.cgtlettings.co.uk (Gloucester Office)

 

November 2016
New Canal Cycle and Walk leaflet: OVER BASIN

The H&G CT Canal Walk leaflets are proving very popular with members and each includes part of the route of our Canal.
We have just published a sixth walk leaflet – although this time it is equally suitable for cycles.

Three picturesque routes to Over Basin from the villages of Highnam and Maisemore and Gloucester City Docks. All three have well-maintained, all-weather surfaces and are suitable for walking or cycling. This enjoyable route uses the National Cycle Network routes 42 and 45.

This leafllet is twice the size of previous leaflets and opens up to a plan of Over Basin and extensive information about the area’s wildlife and water activities and well as a short history of its restoration. Price 40p
Fore more information about other walks in this series of H&G CT Canal Walk leaflets and how to obtain them please go to the Canal Walks page.

This leaflet has been lottery funded.

November 2016

New Membership Welcome Packs !
Membership of  the  H&G Canal Trust is a great gift for the historian, walker, boater or environmentalist in your life! If you are still struggling to find that elusive gift why not give a H&G CT Gift Membership – a gift that lasts all year – it will outlive those flowers or box of chocolates!

The membership pack includes:

  • A short history of the Trust and its restoration work
  • Details for those members who wish to be more actively involved with the work of the H&G Canal Trust
  • The Wharfinger: 4 recent quarterly magazines
  • H&G Canal Trust Land Fund details
  • H&G Canal Trust pencil
  • H&G Canal Trust car sticker.

Details of your gift will be sent inside a FREE H&G Christmas card at no extra cost to you and over the next 12 months the recipient will receive a further four future editions of The Wharfinger.
The packs are available from the Visitor Centre at The Wharf House, or via the Contact Us page on this website. We will supply you with an address to which to send the filled in membership form, plus a cheque to the required amount.

From £7.50 (for rates see chart below), plus £3.00 P+P.

All subscriptions and donations are treated as being made under the Gift Aid scheme unless you state that you do not wish us to do this. Payment made by Standing Order greatly assists us and payment remains under your control. Learn more about Volunteering for the Canal Trust.

UK Membership Rates

Annual

Life

Individual

£10.00

£200.00

Joint/Family

£15.00

£300.00

Senior Citizen

 £7.50

£115.00

Joint Senior Citizen

£10.00

£150.00

Corporate

£25.00

£500.00

Download a Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Trust Membership Application form.

 

Gift Membership Plus!
Add another £10 to the subscription cost (or £12 by post) to include a copy of the highly acclaimed Rescued from Obscurity...

...the story of the H&G Canal written by former Chairman Dick Skeet and published by the H&G CT makes a excellent gift. 
£10.00  (£12.00 by post)

“a thoroughly competent and enjoyable book … informative text, a good selection of photographs and clear, concise, maps”Waterways World

 

November 2016
Towing TOW
Through Birmingham to Alvechurch on its way to Gloucester
H&G CT’s 70’ heritage mud hopper, Tow, was towed by Muskrat, a 35’ foot narrow boat, from Camp Hill to Alvechurch, on Sunday 23 and Monday 24 October in fine weather along the Birmingham Canal Navigations.

The journey involved 25 locks in Birmingham from the top of the Camp Hill Flight of 6 locks, through the Ashted flight (6 locks), then the Farmer’s Bridge flight (13 locks) and through Gas Street Basin, then the Wast Hills Tunnel (2,276 yards) and down to Scarfield Wharf in Alvechurch.

Members of Birmingham Canal Navigation Society helped us rediscover Tow’s location after it had been moved mysteriously from its mooring on Icknield Port Loop to the Cement Arm at the top of the Camp Hill locks. BCNS also volunteered their help, in the form of two very able boaters, Jeff Carter and Paul Smith, in this weekend collaborative project.

Jeff (BCNS) ducks as Paul (BCNS) watches from above

Muskrat’s owner, H&G CT Vice Chairman John Hammond, who has 30 years of canal boating experience and is a member of BCNS, very much welcomed the support of BCNS in this venture. The H&G CT team included skilled navigator 11 year-old Seth and his father Darren Barnett, whose family live on a boat in Bath, and John’s son Henry and wife Kirsty.

Muskrat towing Tow, John at tiller, Carolyn on Tow with Jeff, Chris, Ozzie and Kirsty on tow path

As the sun shone, people along the route stopped in wonder to gaze at this relatively diminutive narrowboat, evidently able to tow the wide, heavy and rusty mud-hopper, both craft being suitably bedecked in H&G Canal Trust livery.

Tow in place at Alvechurch opposite the crane

After being craned out of the water at Scarfield Wharf, Alvechurch, a gesture generously offered to H&G CT by ABC Leisure Group Ltd, Tow will be transported by lorry to Over Canal Basin to undergo her restoration makeover and start a new life on the H&G Canal.

July 2016

Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Trust has been presented with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service for 2016.

On the afternoon of Wednesday 13 July the Canal Basin at Over was packed with over 90 flag-waving H&G Canal Trust volunteers lining the sides of the Basin and on the heritage boats kitted out in the H&G CT livery colours of yellow and black.

H&G CT friends and supporters looked on as the Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter DBE, arrived in a Lanchester vintage car accompanied by Air Vice Marshal Mike Smart DL, representing the Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire, Countess of Darnley. The Right Worshipful Mayor of Gloucester, Councillor Neil Hampson, and the Right Worshipful Sherriff and Deputy Mayor of Gloucester, Councillor Said Hansdot, were in attendance.

Dame Janet Trotter quoted the citation from the QAVS assessors before presenting the Queen's Award for Voluntary Services to H&G Canal Trust's Chairman, Janet Moult, in the sunshine. An extract from the citation is as follows: "The Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal Trust is an exceptionally well organised and managed group of dedicated volunteers which has been working ever since 1992 to restore this 34-mile Canal which joins Hereford with the navigable River Severn at Gloucester. The Trust and its remarkable volunteers in both counties are achieving substantial benefits for local communities. This is a vibrant and thriving example of the power of volunteering. we have no hesitation in recommending it for a Queen's Award for Voluntary Service."

Dame Janet Trotter with Mayors of Gloucester and H&G CT volunteer Wilf Jones giving Speech at H&G CT QAVS presentation - All photos courtesy of Photoglow.

Janet Moult, H&G CT Chairman, replies at QAVS presentation

After the presentation Dame Janet Trotter, Mike Smart and the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Gloucester took a little boat trip down a half mile stretch of the Canal, from Over Basin north-westwards to Vineyard Hill. Finally they enjoyed tea and homemade cakes with all the volunteers on the terrace at The Wharf House, the restaurant-with-rooms overlooking Over Lock and the River Severn, where eventually the restored Canal will join the River Severn.

Following the event, Dame Janet wrote to H&G CT:

"I can quite understand why the QAVS assessors heaped praise upon the volunteers who do so much and so faithfully to restore and preserve this waterway."

Video footage of the event compiled by www.SoGlos.com can be seen via this link.

 

Mike Smart DL presenting Janet Moult with QAVS crystal for H&G CT as volunteers look on

Presentation party with QAVS crystal and volunteers across Basin

Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Gloucester chat with H&G CT volunteer Maggie Jones, organiser of QAVS presentation event

Dame Janet chatting to H&G CT volunteers Ray Moses, Barbara Moses and Dick Skeet

H&G Canal Trust is one of 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups nationally to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of awards given to groups this year is slightly higher than last year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.

June 2016

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

H&G CT depends wholly on our large band of volunteers to progress our objective to rebuild a sustainable Canal between Hereford and Gloucester. We are, therefore, honoured to receive and extremely pleased that our volunteers' efforts have been crowned with The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) 2016, the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities.

The work H&G CT does for the community was very much admired by the independent Assessment Committee, chaired by Sir Martyn Lewis CBE.

H&G Canal Trust volunteers will be invited later this summer to receive the award from Dame Janet Trotter, DBE, Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire.

The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June - the anniversary of the Queen's Coronation.

 

May 2016
Newent & Oxenhall Open Day on the Canal 2016

Saturday 10 September 2016
View our displays and enjoy some homemade cakes and refreshments in Oxenhall Village Hall.
Talk a stroll along the towpath from the restored Oxenhall Lock, over the restored Elle Brook Aqueduct and on to Newent Station. See our progress at Newent Station where we plan to run the Canal through the platforms of the former railway station.
Free admission. We hope you can make it!

Download a poster for your notice board...

 

May 2016

Green Apple Award 2016 – International Recognition

H&G Canal Trust has won an International Green Apple Award 2016 for the Built Environment and Architectural Heritage. The Award was given for Dymock Partnership Project.

The Project, a partnership between H&G Canal Trust and Dymock Parish Council, and supported by Two Rivers Housing Association, Designers Tony Gee and Partners and the landowner, Tomack Developments, was formulated carefully to meet requirements of all four parties.

The purpose was to create the Canal Basin in the centre of the village combined with much needed community benefits for Dymock village in the form of additional parking, a play area, a new footpath, a greatly improved public environment and, most importantly, twenty new houses, mostly already occupied, to accommodate the increased population essential to protect the village school, the community-owned pub and other village facilities.

We are most grateful for the support of our long term partner Keyway in constructing the basin, and after its completion H&G CT volunteers planted over 500 trees together with native wildflower mix and wild daffodil bulbs, rescued by H&G CT volunteers from the site before the development began. In the next few months H&G CT will be working with the Parish Council to install benches and complete the landscaping around the basin, and we shall also be installing both a 65m deep borehole to provide a long-term top-up water supply and an overflow channel for the basin.

As part of the deal, one of the houses was purchased at cost price by H&G CT for renting out, to provide an income stream for the maintenance of the Canal. This is in line with H&G CT’s plan to provide a financially sustainable independent Canal which does not require support from public bodies or other charities for its future operation and maintenance, but can be enjoyed by everyone. In addition the five Open Market houses pay an annual sum towards the upkeep of the Canal.

The site for the Canal Basin and new development was previously of no value to the community but has become a major asset. All parties have gained through the success of this collaborative project. The complex legal process required to bring this to fruition over nearly eight years required a huge commitment to best practice by senior personnel: in H&G CT the professional legal advisers were led by David Penny, a committed full-time volunteer. In Two Rivers Housing Association, senior staff were also committed to the success of the project, and Tomack Developments together with the builder, GP Thomas, overcame numerous obstacles to achieve success. The Chairman of Dymock Parish Council was supportive throughout, and his members were also determined to achieve the promised benefits for the whole Dymock community.

The Dymock Partnership Project was one of more than 100 nominations for the Green Apple Environment Awards for 2016, part of the international campaign to find the greenest companies, councils and communities.

This is the second time H&G CT has won a Green Apple Award – we were a Gold Award winner in 2014 in the Eco Tourism category for our work, in particular, at Over and The Wharf House.

 

May 2016

Over Festival on the Canal 2016

This year’s Festival promises to offer another fun weekend around Over Basin with craft and produce stands, boat trips, walks, demonstrations and refreshments. New for this year we welcome Mo, the donkey, giving rides to children as well as Zorbing and a great Climbing Wall.

Meanwhile on the terrace at The Wharf House some great local bands will be playing and an excellent array of beers, ciders and perrys and, of course, the renowned Wharf House Tapas will be served.

Free admission.

Download a poster for your local notice boards.

We hope you can make it!

 

May 2016

New Length of the Canal unveiled at Ledbury

Another new partnership is planned on the line of the Canal. This time it is to the north of Ledbury. Bloor Homes plans to build 625 homes, and most importantly, will include a half mile of the Canal along the western side.

The masterplan was unveiled to the people of Ledbury at a public consultation on 10 May. This brings together another partnership where H&G CT can play a key role in the progress and fruition of the plan. Working closely with local Herefordshire and Ledbury Councillors, Bloor Homes and H&G CT can bring another stretch of Canal into water.

Ledbury has always been a key area where H&G CT has had great support from Ledbury Civic Society, Town Council and other groups within the town. The development of the town since the Canal closed in 1881 means that a diversion from the original route of the Canal will be around the outside of the bypass through the waterside park and along the River Leadon corridor.

Until now we have not had the means to bring back the Canal to the town of Ledbury so this could prove a very significant step forward with a brand new flight of locks and an extension of the already well used Waterside Park.

February 2016
The Holmer Trading Estate Scheme: Developers to Restore Canal
A number of times over recent years we have reported the granting on planning permission in 2010 for the redevelopment of the Holmer Trading Estate in Hereford, including the restoration of one of the most difficult sections of the H&G Canal as an integral part of the proposals. Due to market conditions and economic considerations the previous developer did not implement the various approvals.

The H&G Canal runs along the edge of the Holmer Trading Estate in a cutting on the approach to Aylestone Tunnel. The ¼ mile long Tunnel was found to be in remarkably good condition during a specialist full diving survey in 1995. However, the ¼ mile length of deep approach cutting is fully infilled with tipped industrial waste which requires specialist disposal. It will be one of the most expensive short sections of the H&G Canal to restore.

New site owners Codex have been working closely with the H&G Canal Trust to bring forward further revised proposals for the redevelopment of this old trading estate. As with all the previous proposals as an integral part of the development, the Canal will be excavated and fully restored from Aylestone Tunnel right up to our first phase restoration at Aylestone Park. On completion the newly restored length of the Canal, and ¼ mile tunnel, will be transferred to H&G CT.

There will also be perpetual (index linked) payments to H&G CT by all of the new properties for the restoration and long-term maintenance and management of the H&G Canal. The adjoining section in Aylestone Park will subsequently be widened by H&G CT to modern day requirements (the new slipway and major storm overflow constructed as part of our first phase works having been positioned to accommodate this). Together, these lengths will form a fantastic section of restored H&G Canal within the City.

So why are we far more confident that this developer will proceed?

Because in January the Planning Committee of Herefordshire Council took the exceptional step of approving the development with all the properties being for sale on an ‘open market’ basis and with the H&G Canal being the major benefactor from the considerable ‘planning gain’ on this development. The determination to see the H&G Canal restored through this site shown by both Officers and Members was exceptional (in all senses of the word) and has given the developer an approval with the greatest potential for an economically viable scheme.

The clear vision of the Council to see the Canal restored is greatly welcomed and shows fantastic support for the huge voluntary effort along the Canal to date. We also welcome being able to work with developers from the outset of schemes and these proposals will make a huge improvement to the area.

February 2016

First Phase at Dymock completed!

Dymock Parish Council wanted affordable housing to keep Dymock a vibrant community and ensure the survival of the village school (and other facilities including the community owned public house) plus a new car park to meet a long-standing severe shortfall in the village. The H&G CT wanted to start reconstructing the Canal through the village (on a long-identified essential diversion route) and a new play area created to partly replace one on the diversion line elsewhere in the village and a new footpath to the church and pub. There was no suitable site for an economically viable housing development within the village development boundary.

A partnership of H&G CT, Dymock Parish Council, the Housing Association and landowner Tomack Developments succeeded in eventually obtaining planning permission for a 20 house development on an ‘exception’ basis (solely because it facilitated the reconstruction of the H&G Canal) even though it was outside the normal development boundary. It was approved thanks to exceedingly strong support from Dymock Parish and Forest of Dean Councillors.

Benefits for Dymock:

  • 14 much needed affordable new rental properties run by the Housing Association
  • availability of the detached rental property owned and run by H&G CT
  • 5 ‘open market’ waterside homes (which are selling fast!)
  • a new 20-space car park
  • a new pedestrian access to the church and Beauchamp Arms creating better footpath links
  • a new play area to replace one partly blocking the route of the Canal. Benefits for the H&G CT:
  • a short length of the Canal completed close to the heart of the village
  • the freehold of this short length of the Canal (on an essential diversion route)
  • a percentage of the sale price of the 5 ‘open market’ properties
  • perpetual (index linked) income from each of these private properties towards the restoration and long-term maintenance and management of the Canal in the area
  • rental income from H&G CT’s new detached 3 bedroom waterside property.

Our successful partnership with Dymock Parish Council, the Housing Association and particularly the support of landowner Tomack Developments and the ongoing support from Keyway has produced significant long lasting benefits for the village and the H&G CT. All the time and effort in pursuing our ‘different approach’ has brought long-term benefits not just to the H&G Canal but also to the community. The support and understanding of Dymock Parish Council and many of the residents has been of tremendous assistance throughout. The Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Trust looks forward to a continuing partnership with the Parish Council on subsequent phases to complete the Canal through the village.

February 2016

Mill Barn

Our sincere thanks to everyone who responded to the Mill Barn Appeal it has got off to an excellent start. By early February the Mill Barn fund (which already had a most welcome £10,000 anonymous donation from 2013 in it) stood at over £24,000 and rising.

That’s just the start!

We have a long way to go in order to construct this much-needed building that will provided the desperately needed support resource for the H&G CT. Proper office accommodation for the L&PDT, a meeting/training room and kitchen, toilet and other facilities for our volunteers and the other groups who regularly use Over Canal Basin, plus long-awaited equipment maintenance and storage facilities. Not only will the attractive building bring huge benefits for all concerned it will also enable the removal of the portacabins and containers which have been necessary on the site for so many years – a significant further step in the history of Over Canal Basin.

Donations and sponsorships, large and small, from enabling the purchase of a couple of engineering bricks at £5 each (or a couple of hundred or more!) to sponsoring the disabled lift at £10,000 – with much else in between – will be greatly appreciated.

For further details please see the Mill Barn Appeal leaflet (a copy was enclosed in the last edition of The Wharfinger) or you can read all about it on the H&G CT website and download a copy of the leaflet. Copies are also available at The Wharf House, Malswick House, or any H&G CT event or meeting.

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Mill Barn Appeal

The reconstruction of the former Mill Barn at Over Basin is planned to provide a desperately needed support resource for the Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Trust.

The foundations for the Mill Barn, to replace the current shipping containers and site hut, will start soon as possible once the anticipated planning permission has been formally granted.

Volunteer Facilities

Mill Barn will provide a much improved volunteer mess room, disabled WC facilities, storage and a much needed base for the expanding Canal-wide maintenance team.

The Barn will also provide a much needed storage space for tools as well as larger equipment.

Legal & Project Development Team

At present the L&PDT is working from a very cramped office in the eaves of The Wharf House. In order for this team to expand and continue with the planning of the H&G Canal restoration as well as the day to day support for the existing canal sites it needs a much larger office space. The Mill Barn can provide this opportunity.

Other user groups

The facilities will be available for the regular users of Over Basin like, Gloucester and District Model Boat Club, Sailing4Disabled, and Over Fishing Club.

“A building with disabled toilets, access and storage will greatly assist with our weekly visits to Over Basin.” Pete Bisson, Sailing4Disabled

Click above images for enlarged views of the Mill Barn Plans.

 

Recycling materials into the building

Much of the stone and timber from the original barn has been carefully palletted and stored at Over since it was demolished to make way for the housing development.

Sponsoring an item for Mill Barn

You can help us make Mill Barn a reality by sponsoring an item from the list below:

  • Corner stone £50 each
  • Metal frame window (6) £750
  • Round feature window (2 only) £2,500
  • Door (4 only) £1,500
  • Workshop steel doors (1 pair) £5,000
  • Blue brick for base £5 each
  • Cream engineering bricks around window £5 each
  • Stone window cill (6) £150
  • Stone door step (4) £350
  • Roof truss (6) £2,500
  • Interpretation board – steel frame with full perspex graphics £750
  • Solar panel £750 each
  • Roof light £1,000 each
  • Sponsors plaque (1) £1,500
  • Disabled toilet and shower £2,500
  • Disabled lift £10,000
  • Workshop benches x 3 £500 each
  • Workshop racking and storage (4) £250 each
  • Workshop equipment (5) £250
  • Landscaping £1,500
  • Path around building £3,000
  • Corporate naming (10 years) of the training room (the William & Glyn training suite @ Mill Barn for instance) £10,000 for 10 years
  • Naming (10 years) of the offices £5,000
  • Naming (10 years) of the lounge £2,000
  • Naming (10 years) of the community room in ground floor £5,000

 

If you would like to help with this appeal please download the form below and fill in a printed copy by ticking item/s which you wish to sponsor. Enclose your full name and address and give details of how you wish your donation to be recorded please.

Click to download the above sponsorship form.

Alternatively, contact the H&G Canal Trust directly from this website. Our grateful thanks to those who have already sponsored items for this project.

Thank you

December 2014

Awards for All Grant

The Canal Trust is pleased to announce that a grant for £5,900 has been secured via the Big Lottery Fund 'Awards for All' scheme.

The project will consist of an integrated campaign to promote walking and cycling opportunities along and around the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal, and to encourage the use of access routes to the Canal by bicycle and bus. The Canal already provides a number of picturesque walking and cycling routes along what is a historically important local attraction.

These routes will continue to be added to as the Canal is restored. The project will allow the Canal to be enjoyed as a day out, while The Wharf House in Gloucester provides a great starting/midway point as well as being the setting of the restored Over Canal Basin and dedicated visitor centre.

With the funding, we will build a bicycle store at The Wharf House/Over Canal Basin which will enable cyclists to have a secure and free place to leave their bicycles should they wish. This facility will enable cyclists to take a break during their ride, perhaps for a lunch or coffee break, or just to enjoy the surrounding, peaceful Canal on foot, with the knowledge their bicycle is safely stored. CCTV will be installed around the bike store to further increase the security of this area. Furthermore we intend to put cycle stands at our site at The Traveller's Rest in Newent.

The project will be promoted via a dedicated marketing campaign through third parties, new combined cycle and walking leaflets and new information boards at The Wharf House, The Traveller's Rest and at Maisemore.

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November 2014

The Route of the Canal

During the last few months the Local Authorities along the route of the Canal have carried out public consultations on their plans for development over the next 12 years.

One item among the large number of specific plans and policies has been the Councils’ renewed statements of support for reconstruction of the Canal, a continuation of the policies held since the 1990s. The consultations included maps which, along with details relating to many other proposed schemes, show the protected corridor for the Canal reconstruction, including potential diversions where the original route is obstructed by modern developments. Protection means that the Councils will not approve developments within the corridor which would prevent or adversely affect reconstruction of the Canal.

Although the policies and the maps have been in the public domain for many years and have excited little comment, this consultation produced responses which raised concerns together with general support for a completed Canal and recognition of the financial and community benefits it will bring. Based on an analysis of rural canals and using 2009 figures, the former British Waterways estimated the completed Canal would provide some 500 jobs and contribute £20m per year to the local economy. The ambition, indeed the expectation, of the H&G CT is to achieve more than these estimates for the local community.

The reconstruction of any section of Canal can only proceed in liaison with the relevant Council, the Environment Agency and other bodies such as those with responsibility for roads. But at least as important, access to any land for reconstruction can only be obtained by legal agreement with the landowner and, where purchase is involved, at a cost agreed with that landowner. There are several precedents along the route where Canal reconstruction is proceeding with the full agreement and support of the landowner. The H&G CT's approach is to seek constructive negotiations with landowners and other interests to create similar harmonious agreements for further reconstruction sites when progress elsewhere makes those places the next priority.

One effect of the policies established for around twenty years by all the Councils along the Canal relates to Section 106 Planning Obligations. These are concerned only with new developments and place requirements on the developer, negotiated with the Council and other local interests. Where the development is adjacent to the route of the Canal the negotiation with the Council will normally include some provision for reconstruction of that section of Canal to be supported by the developer. There are again precedents which demonstrate how this works and where agreements beneficial to both developer and the Canal have been negotiated, such as at Over, at Dymock and in Hereford.

The objective of the H&G CT is to create a complete and continuous Canal and, in the meantime, to maximise the potential benefit for the community on isolated stretches which are reconstructed. One of the major tasks in achieving this objective is overcoming the small number of obstacles which modern developments have created along the route. The original Canal crossed many roads – in those days little more than muddy bridleways – usually making use of simple lift bridges or fixed hump-back bridges. Many of these structures remain but others have been destroyed, particularly at crossings of more major roads where those roads are now on different alignments and, more significantly, at different levels. An added complexity is that modern roads are subject to regulations on matters such as bridge clearances, gradients, sight lines and so on.

Generally it is not a realistic possibility to expect major realignments of the roads to allow Canal reconstruction as it was originally, so the challenge is to find appropriate ways to create new crossings. The options at each location were drawn up in consultation with the highway authorities many years ago but numerous factors, including negotiations with landowners, engineering and operational issues, environmental considerations, cost implications, agreements with relevant authorities and more, will determine the precise details at each location. The protected diversions ensure a possible route exists but, as the Councils’ documents state, the route may be varied by agreement. The H&G CT recognises there are potentially conflicting factors and will negotiate with interested parties to attempt to reconcile any conflicts and agree the best option.

The level of the Canal at any point is related to the challenge of road crossings and the solutions eventually adopted. The protected corridor allows for an embankment or cutting where required. The Councils’ documents note, “it is expected that as the Canal is re-established the precise areas concerned will be refined”, and this is a process which will continue as agreements are reached and reconstruction proceeds.

A good example is at Hereford Retail Park where the protected corridor was to the rear of the site but, after working closely with the landowner, a corridor to the front of the site was agreed as a better solution for all parties. The Councils also ensure that proposals for developments adjoining the route of the Canal are drawn to the H&G CT’s attention, in the same way as applies to consultation with any other neighbours. The intention is to ensure such developments respect and make the most of the Canal for the long term benefit of the wider community.

In planning and conducting any Canal reconstruction the H&G CT is guided by several relevant agencies and is bound to meet their requirements. For example, reconstruction of any section of the Canal must avoid any increase to flood risk. In practice the Canal will often form an important part of flood mitigation by acting as a reliable drainage route, as is already planned in several places. In Hereford the H&G CT has taken the lead and invested heavily to construct a major storm overflow for the City, and it is pursuing vigorously the benefits of the Canal as a surface water discharge facility.

Existing canals are widely celebrated as enhancements to the environment and valuable habitats for a wide variety of flora and fauna. Moreover, they are recognised as sources of significant added prosperity for the local economy, the basis for many extra jobs and a cause of increased values of adjacent properties. The aim of the H&G CT is to maintain and extend this varied and beneficial record, by seeking as far as possible to work with its neighbours: 'working together in the present to revive the past and secure a better future'.

 

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November 2014

Our Holmer Trading Estate scheme comes back to life!

The scheme for redeveloping the Holmer Trading Estate was secured solely on the back of delivering the Canal but did not actually proceed due to the recession.....

The inspector's landmark ruling was:-

" in my judgement, the Canal restoration, and its resultant benefits to long-term planning objectives for the City, are material considerations in this case, which are sufficient to outweigh the conflict with the development plan".

Now the property market is reviving a new developer has stepped forward and revised plans are being put together to see a new scheme come to life....

This will see about one third of the Canal in Hereford restored and transferred to us as well as a long term income stream from the adjoining properties.

Click above to enlarge the proposed master plan.

Following the analysis of the site and surroundings, an initial Masterplan has been prepared with the following key features:

  1. A development of around 100 generally detached, semi-detached and terraced new homes.
  2. Homes generally 2 storeys in height.
  3. 3 storey buildings at key corner locations.
  4. A density of approximately 35 dwellings to the hectare rather than 85 dwellings to the hectare of the former consent.
  5. Ample car parking for the units within the scheme.
  6. Improvements to the existing vehicle access into the site and on College Road.
  7. Potential reinstatement of the canal.
  8. Footpath and tow path/cycle route into and through the site.
  9. Foot/cycle bridge crossing to link to Aylestone Park.
  10. Shared surface streets with maximum vehicle speeds of 10mph.
  11. Landscaped buffer to Cavanaghs.
  12. Demolition of all existing buildings and hard standings.
  13. Decontamination of the site

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May 2014

Tapas Sundays at The Wharf House

Tapas on the Terrace is back at The Wharf House by popular demand.

Check out the new menu on The Wharf House website for a taste of what's in store.

May 2014 - Like H&G CT on Facebook

We are very excited to announce that the Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Trust now has its very own Facebook page!

The page has been created in order to promote and spread awareness of the Canal Trust and inform people about the great work we do. In turn it is hoped this will eventually enable us to recruit more volunteers and, just as important, build a following to show community engagement for grant aid bids, thus helping us take one step closer towards our aim of complete restoration of the Canal.

The page will also provide our loyal supporters with regular updates on the restoration work, photos of our work and news of upcoming events.

Please show your support by liking us on Facebook. You can do this by searching for us on Facebook or by following this link: www.facebook.co.uk/hgcanaltrust and clicking the 'Like' button on the page.

 

 

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