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Historic workers' homes re-opened

Historic workers' homes re-opened

16 September 2014

THE Mayor of Ellesmere Port, Coun Brian Jones, has officially re-opened the Porter Row Cottages at the Canal & River Trust’s National Waterways Museum.

Past residents and their families together with volunteers joined the Mayor for a ribbon cutting and street party to celebrate the work of the volunteers and contractors in restoring this much loved exhibition.
 

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You cannot afford to put gas safety on the back burner

You cannot afford to put gas safety on the back burner

14 September 2014

‘LET there be no repeat, boaters must respect their gas appliances’; says the Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) during national Gas Safety Week 2014 (September 15-21) in remembering last winter’s twin fatalities from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning on a small commercial fishing boat in Whitby harbour.

According to the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) report on fv Eshcol, the sleeping victims died in their bunks from the highly toxic fumes given off by a poorly maintained LPG-burning cooker used incorrectly as a heater to warm the accommodation space and there was no CO alarm to wake them.
 

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16 September 2014

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Feature Articles

There’s life in the old lock gates yet!

There’s life in the old lock gates yet!

2 June 2014

AFTER dealing with the damage caused by the winter’s storms, Buckingham Canal Society (BCS) work party volunteers have been working alongside a group from Network Rail for a team building day.
The task was to put a pair of old lock gates to good use again at Hyde Lane Lock within the Buckingham Canal Nature Reserve near Thornborough Mill. BCS leases the reserve from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) and manage it on their behalf.
 

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What do Steam Boats, Pygmy Goats and Rock & Roll have in common?

What do Steam Boats, Pygmy Goats and Rock & Roll have in common?

8 September 2014

The Saltisford Canal Trust is again taking part in the Heritage Open Days with a weekend of free, fun packed, special canal heritage events on Saturday and Sunday September 13-14, from 9.30 am to 5 pm at its canalside gardens in the centre of Warwick.

Inside the craft marquee will be handmade gifts while outside will be short boat trips aboard Saltie 2, historic steam narrowboat Adamant will be on show as well as model boat displays, Warwickshire WI cake stall, real ale, rock & roll dancers, folk music, and a chance to meet a friendly pygmy goat!

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Videos

Whilton Marina: Craning a new Narrowboat into the marina

10 July 2014

EACH month we bring you a video from Whilton Marina’s About Narrowboating channel on YouTube. There are currently 56 films covering everything from Blacking a Narrowboat to Different Types of Handrails. This video shows Craning a new Narrowboat into the marina.

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