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Waterway people have a chance to shine

The stopover points for the Olympic Torch were announced on 18 May – the route itself is top secret for obvious reasons  - and is designed to spread the spirit of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games around the nation. But who will carry the Torch?

Do you know someone who is truly inspirational? Someone who always strives to do their best and adds real value to the waterways? This is your chance to give them their moment to shine.

Moorcroft donate ‘Brindley’s Canal’ vase to support Etruria Canals Festival

World renowned Stoke-on -Trent art pottery Moorcroft has donated a stunning vase ‘Brindley’s Canal’ to Etruria Canals Festival to award as a prize to the ‘Best turned out traditional working canal boat’.

The limited edition vase, designed by Kerry Goodwin, is valued at more than £1100 and will be presented to the winner by Tristram Hunt MP when he opens the 18th Etruria Canals Festival at 12 noon on Saturday 4 June, at Etruria Industrial Museum on the junction of the Trent & Mersey and Caldon Canals at the heart of Stoke-on-Trent.

Waterway Welcome to Stoke-on-Trent

Welcome signs have been installed marking where the Trent & Mersey and Caldon Canals enter Stoke-on-Trent by the City’s Canals Partnership. The signs celebrate the rich waterways’ heritage of the Potteries with a striking 21st century design and incorporate a map for those on the towpath and a tourist information leaflet box – accessible to canal users via a British Waterways facilities key.

Cheddleton Work Party

21 volunteers took part in a work party organised by the Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust at Cheddleton on Saturday 26th March, working in partnership with British Waterways (BW) and BW Central Shires Volunteer Leader Stuart Collins.

Towpath edge collapse near Consall

We have today received the following report from British Waterways:

Just North of Bridge 50 (London Works Bridge)

Monday 21 March 2011 until further notice
A large piece of concrete capping has rolled into the canal just North of Bridge 50 (London Works Bridge), causing a navigational obstruction on the towpath side of the canal.   Boaters are advised to keep as close to the off side bank as possible whilst navigating past the hazard.

Stoppage at Froghall

We have received the following notice from British Waterways:

North side of Froghall Tunnel to Flint Mill Lock
Friday 4 February 2011 until further notice

Due to the unsafe condition of a third party chimney at the Thomas Bolton development site, navigation to the canal and towpath has been suspended in the interests of public safety.

Job-seekers transform Stoke’s waterways

Waterways in Stoke are being transformed as part of a scheme that gives unemployed people a route back to work.

The scheme is part of the Government’s Future Jobs Fund and is being run by British Waterways in partnership with Groundwork West Midlands and Stoke City Council’s JET (job enterprise and training) project. Eligible individuals have been referred from their local Job centres and placed into teams tasked with carrying out maintenance work on the canals.

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