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August 2015

Malswick House Open for Business

Traditional Pub and dining

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!

The refurbishment has been very extensive. The work was carried out by a small group of volunteers as well as some Wharf House and Malswick House staff and families lending support. We greatly appreciate the considerable support of John Burton of Moat Contracting and Luke Summerbee of Summerbees Building Contractors. The premises have been painted inside and out in deep red and cream livery. A new wooden floor has been laid in the main dining area.

The sloped entrance now boasts very smart iron railings from our ‘forgemasters’, Henry and Andy, at Much Marcle!

Bright colourful planters and hanging baskets welcome customers into the building and in the courtyard the tables and seating have been revamped and the fences painted.

The decor includes a large number of paintings, including some specifically commissioned originals for the property with a canal focus from The Wharf House ‘artist in residence’ Janice Lyall whose works now extensively adorn both properties.

In charge is Andy Chapman, who trained at The Wharf House for three years, leaving about seven years ago to run a pub in Newent. He specifically wanted to get back into the cheffing side but obviously now has local publican experience as well so we are very glad to welcome Andy back to the fold.

01531 822 634

Directions: Conveniently situated on the B4215 in Malswick, near Newent, and replaces The Travellers Rest.

We hope to see you soon!

NOTE … All profits from Malswick House will be used for the promotion and restoration of the Hereford & Gloucester Canal.

Click here to download a PDF of Malswick House.

July 2015

Launch of H&G CT's 225 Anniversary Campaign at Eastnor Castle, Ledbury

The launch of the Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Trust's 225 Anniversary Campaign took place on Thursday 2 July 2015 at Eastnor Castle.

Over 180 guests were invited to the family home of James and Lucy Hervey-Bathurst to celebrate 225 years since the birth of the original Canal company. James, a Vice President of the H&G CT, and Lucy co-hosted the event with Dame Janet Trotter DBE, Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, and Christopher James OBE DL, Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire.

The Countess of Darnley, Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire, sent a message of support to the H&G Canal Trust: "This is an exciting and ambitious project, which will benefit the two counties whilst it is being developed and for many years to come. It deserves full support from across our two counties."

The event, held at no cost to the Canal Trust, was anonymously sponsored and generously supported by Tanners Wines and Emma & Clive's Distinctive Catering Limited as well as Eastnor Castle and SoGlos Publishing.

Richard Parry, Chief Executive of the Canal & River Trust, addressing the assembled company, spoke of the benefits and values waterways provide nationally and outlined the values which the rebuilt H&G Canal will provide:

  • economic: a British Waterways survey in 2009 showed a rebuilt H&G Canal would bring benefits worth £20million per year to the local economy, and 500 new full-time-equivalent jobs; in addition numerous precedents show an increase in property values in the vicinity of canals;
  • water management: in partnership with the Environment Agency and local bodies, H&G CT has a major role in Hereford’s surface water management and in the proposed scheme for river improvement and flood relief in Gloucester;
  • community: the rebuilt H&G Canal will be a shared, open-access community resource, a green corridor supporting a rich and varied ecology, enhanced by the restoration and maintenance of numerous heritage features.

"Living waterways transform places and enrich lives" Richard Parry said. "Now a major resource for leisure and tourism nationally, waterways are an important part of our heritage."

The H&G CT's approach is unusual in combining restoration activity with securing local sources of income to sustain indefinite maintenance of rebuilt sections of Canal and future operational requirements and improvements.

The major challenge H&G CT faces is acquiring the land needed to rebuild the Canal, which was sold long ago to over 100 landowners along the route. The 225 Anniversary Campaign seeks to raise substantial funds to meet this challenge, in the form of donations and loans.


Photos of the Launch Event...


The Winter 2014 Edition 122 magazine is now available with updates from the regular restoration teams across the two counties.

As well as all the usual features and restoration updates you can find included in this edition:

  • Editorial by Cliff Penny – Which Canal Trust
  • CoMmercial Savvy – from the John Hammond
  • News from the Legal & Project Development Team at the Wharf House
  • Working with Nature – regular feature on canal side flora.
  • Industrial Archaeology at Hyde Mill – part 3.
  • News from Gloucester and District Model Boat Club
  • News from Sailing4disabled
  • News from the Friends of Gloucester Waterways Museum
  • Local IWA meetings details

November 2014

Grand Holiday Draw 2014 Results!

Thank you to everyone who helped, in any way, to make this yet another successful Grand Holiday Draw raising £2659 + £80 donations in lieu for the H&G CT. As always especial thanks to our ‘star sellers’ and to the prize donors. The draw was once again made at the September Social Evening at Much Marcle, on Tuesday 16th September. The draw was made by the speaker, Roger Black.

1st Prize
Narrow Boat Holiday for FOUR – Won by Ms J Bullock, Leominster. Donated by Black Prince Holidays.

2nd Prize
One Day's Boat Hire D – Won by Mr & Mrs B Evans, Gloucester. Donated by Anglo-Welsh.

3rd Prize
One night Dinner, Bed & Breakfast for two at The Wharf House. – Won By Mrs Featonby & Mr Spencer, Newent. Donated by The Wharf House.

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

Thank you to everyone who supported the 2014 Grand Holiday Draw in any way.

Your Help Please – Would your firm be prepared to sponsor the print costs of the tickets for the 2015 Grand Holiday Draw to ensure that every single pound raised continues to come to the H&G CT? For £200 the company name appears for over 6 months on thousands of tickets and is fully acknowledged, along with those of our holiday prize donors, in The Wharfinger and on our Website.

Please Contact Us for more details.


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There are two crucial funds established within the Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Trust (H&G CT) which donors can choose to support: the Opportunities Fund and the Land Fund. We also greatly appreciate donations to the H&G CT’s general funds.
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May 2014

H&G volunteers lay a land drain along the chapel boundary.

New Site commences at Dymock!

A very long drawn out process on the legal and planning side is finally moving towards fruition. All the pre-commencement conditions were at last discharged by the Council in March allowing the housing development to start in due course.

The Canal and other aspects have been going through a near constant value engineering process to ensure all aspects of the site can be developed cost effectively. This has required considerably more support than originally envisaged from our engineers Tony Gee & Partners and was made more challenging than normal as our engineer, Thomas Ashworth, has been working on a major road scheme at Pulpit Rock on the shore of Loch Lomond in Scotland and was also flown down to the Dawlish Rail rebuild to help on that!

So our great thanks to the team, and particularly Director Austin Weltman, for the continuing support from the Stonehouse office.

Our thanks for their support and co-operation also go to the members of the Western Way Chapel who have kindly given consent for us to extend the Canal embankment across their boundary so that both our sites will be level rather than a huge gully being created between us. This agreement will considerably improve the look and ease of maintenance of the completed site and enables the Canal to go virtually up to the boundary gaining us another 10m or so in water.

Canal Trust volunteers made a start on site in April by saving the daffodils that would otherwise be buried under the new Canal embankment and replanting them in an area which will not be disturbed. We will then replant these on the finished Canal embankment in the future. While on site they also cleared the Chapel boundary and installed a land drain on that boundary in preparation.

We hope to be on site in June installing over an acre of geogrid on top of the existing surface to reinforce the ground prior to our long term partners EMG/Keyway commencing the construction of the embankment itself.

As always the only way you will hear the latest news is to sign up to our free 'Count me in' email updates.


May 2014

Rescued from Obscurity

New Book Coming Soon!

David Bick, writing in 1979, described the Hereford and Gloucester Canal as being more ‘lost in obscurity’ than any other major navigation in England.

This book tells how much has changed in the last 35 years. This waterway, running through some of the most beautiful countryside in England is now the subject of one of the leading canal restoration projects in Britain spear-headed by the Hereford and Gloucester Canal Trust.

In this richly illustrated book a former Chairman of the Trust tells the story of the building and operation of the canal, not as a textbook of industrial archaeology but as a narrative drawing on the words of those involved with the Navigation Company itself or watching from the side-lines.

In the second half of the book Dick Skeet describes how the Hereford and Gloucester Canal Society and later the Hereford and Gloucester Canal Trust has set about the enormous task of restoring the 34 miles of this historic canal, reconnecting two ancient Cathedral Cities.

Pre-order your copy today...

200 page paperback, over 200 illustrations and photographs Price £10 + £2 P&P Place your order via our Contact Us email. The book will also be available from The Wharf House in due course.

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Formal Notice: Annual General Meeting 2014
To be held at 7.30pm, Tues, 15th July, 2014 at the Royal Oak, Much Marcle.

This is the formal notice of the 2014 AGM in order to give Members the opportunity to make a note in their diary; this year the AGM will be held on Tuesday 15th July. The Agenda and Annual Report will be in The Wharfinger Summer edition 120.

In accordance with the H&G CT’s Articles and Memorandum of Association those Members of the Council of Management who are retiring on rotation but offering themselves for re-election do not require to be formally nominated to serve an additional term. However, new nominations to serve on the Council of Management are welcomed and have to be made in writing, in a prescribed form. Nomination forms are available from the Company Secretary via the contact us page of this website, and should be returned to arrive not less than 7 days nor more than 28 days prior to the AGM.

Every Member who is entitled to vote at an AGM may appoint a proxy to vote in his/her stead. A proxy must be someone entitled to vote at the Meeting. Proxy forms are also available from the Company Secretary and must be completed, signed and returned to her at least 48 hours prior to the commencement of the AGM.

If you would like to join the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal Trust and play a full part in the proceedings of the AGM please fill in and send a membership form available from this website.
Thank you.


The Summer 2014 Edition 120 of the forty page, magazine is now available with updates from the regular restoration teams across the two counties. As well as all the usual features and restoration updates you can find included in this edition:

  • Editorial – National Recognition
  • “A CoMplementary Relationship ” – from the Council of Management
  • News from the Legal & Project Development Team at the Wharf House
  • Overflow Weir at Aylestone Park photos update
  • Rescued from Obscurity – news of the new book coming shortly.
  • Full Annual General Meeting report
  • Working with Nature – regular feature on canal side flora
  • ‘Like us’ on Facebook
  • News from Gloucester and District Model Boat Club
  • News from Sailing4disabled
  • News from the Friends of Gloucester Waterways Museum
  • Local IWA meetings details There are two crucial funds established within the Herefordshire & Gloucestershire

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February 2014

New addition to the Legal & Project Development Team

Stephanie Pike has recently joined our Legal & Project Development Team (L&PDT) at The Wharf House on a 6 month internship which is 50% funded by the University of the West of England. She takes the role of the Legal & Project Development Assistant in support of our recently qualified barrister Roz Rutter.

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February 2014
The contract for the construction of the weir was awarded by the H&G CT to Gardiners Construction. The work has not gone as fast as we would have liked but completion is getting closer. The narrow bank between the excavation and the Canal was breached at one stage due to flooding of the Canal and the contractor has used locally sourced clay to construct a wider bund between the Canal and the excavation in order to permit the work to continue.
H&G CT member Colin Dymott has been maintaining his regular photographic visits which show the work progressing and February saw the concrete pours completed. We expect the concrete sleepers for the bridge deck to be craned in during early March. Further work will be undertaken by our own volunteers to finish the structure including construction of the canal facing 'wharf wall' which will run over the weir alongside the Canal, fencing etc.
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New Chairman and Vice Chairman.
At the December 2013 Council of Management meeting Janet Moult accepted a nomination to be Chairman and John Hammond to be Vice Chairman.

H&G CT Display in Hereford Museum
There is a display about the Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Trust in Hereford Museum & Library until the second week in January 2014. It has been kindly put together by Council of Management member, Nigel Jefferies. We hope that you may find an opportunity to visit Nigel’s display.

Joint Social Evenings for the IWA, H&G CT and the CCT

Roger Holmes, Chairman of the Gloucestershire & Herefordshire branch of the Inland Waterways Association, arranged two recent talks on the major canal restoration schemes within the IWA Branch area.
Whilst we have always enjoyed excellent relations with our colleagues at the Cotswold Canals Trust the IWA hoped that the joint meetings will strengthen the existing links between the respective organisations to mutual benefit. These joint meetings were both well attended with some 70 members of the IWA, H&G CT and the Cotswold Canals Trust at each meeting.

The first was at Fromebridge Mill at Whitminster in November when one of our former Chairmen, Dick Skeet, gave a talk on the H&G Canal in his own inimitable style. At the second talk, in January at the Royal Oak at Much Marcle, Martin Turner shone the spotlight on the Cotswold Canals. It was very pleasing to see such good support here as the weather was not kind to us.

Both talks gave members an update on the exciting projects proceeding on both canals. The CCT is now working in partnership with 17 organisations and has work in progress at a number of locations. As many of our readers will know, recent work in the Stroud area is where the District Council have led a particularly impressive multi-million pound project largely financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Our friends at the Cotswold Canals Trust have been established ten years longer than the H&G CT and are without doubt the largest inland waterways restoration group in the country. Despite the difference in size of the two Trusts we have much in common – both have generous donors, boundless enthusiasm and new Chairmen - and it was good to see both of them at both talks!

Roger presented each Trust with a cheque for £375 which was the IWA Branch profit from the Tall Ships event in Gloucester last year. This donation was much appreciated by Cotswold Canals Trust’s new Chairman Jack Telling and myself.

Report by Janet Moult

Spring 2013 - Planning Application approved for Dymock!
As reported in The Wharfinger (page 6 of Ed 110) the H&G Canal Trust led a partnership of Dymock Parish Council, Two Rivers Housing Association and the Landowner to restore the Canal in the centre of the village and deliver 15 social housing and 5 open market housing units.
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Spring 2013 - Mill Barn – at Over Canal Basin 
You may recall the story of the demolition of the former hospital buildings at Over in 1999–200 – demolition that extended to the Mill Barn as that lay in the way of the new noise bund and screening for the development. 
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NEW PARTNERSHIP at Aylestone Park

Following over 12 months of negotiations between Herefordshire Council, the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal Trust and the Hereford United Community Trust a new partnership has been established at Aylestone Park...


August 2013 - Kymin East Update

Part of the Withington Project.

During an enjoyable day out in the company of Martyn Tilford (from Moat Farm) and Chris High (from Yarkhill) we surveyed the whole length of the Canal from the boundary at Yarkhill to the lane at Kymin.

July 2013 - New Tractor!

The Legal & Project Development Team at The Wharf House has secured a £20,000 grant to help establish a dedicated Maintenance Team for the Canal.


August 2012 - Gloucester Quays supports the Hereford & Gloucestershire Canal Trust.

The Project Development Team at The Wharf House are very pleased to announce that Peel Holdings, part of the Peel Group and owners of Gloucester Quays (one of the UK’s largest mixed use waterside regeneration development) have agreed to support the H&G CT in a number of ways during 2012 and beyond.