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Next Chelmer Canal Trust Work Party – Saturday morning 7th October

For our next work party, on Saturday, 7th October, we will again be taking part in the Chelmer City Council Autumn Rivers Clean Up. We start off, following the traditional Press Photo with the Mayor, at 9.00am. It’s a good opportunity to get rubbish out of the system at the top end of the Navigation, and therefore to have less likelihood of problems further downstream. Many will be familiar with fouled propellers, wildlife being adversely affected, scenic beauty being reduced, and so on.

For those who are regulars at this event, please note that, as in March, the meeting point is now the Baddow Road car park which is off Parkway in Chelmsford – you need to be heading along Parkway from the Odeon Roundabout towards the Army and Navy Roundabout to be able to get into the car park. Put CM2 7PJ into your SatNav, smartphone, etc. or click on this link Baddow Road Car Park for a map showing the location of the car park. It is across the river from the previous meeting place near the Essex Record Office. If you come by car please ensure that you get your free car parking voucher which you can request when you sign in.

We plan to have a work boat there, and there are plenty of litterpicking opportunities in the area. We tend to prioritise the river below the automatic weir, Springfield Lock and the lock Cut, Springfield Basin and the areas around them.

Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the prevailing conditions. All tools and equipment are provided – but you are welcome to bring anything that works especially well for you. We stop for refreshments about half way through the work party – for this particular work party it is usually soup and bacon sandwiches in the Sea Scout building – and try to finish by about midday – but by all means leave earlier if you need to do so.

We hope to see you on Saturday.  Kind regards – Neil

 

Rook Hall will be open for fishing on the 12th and 13th Aug

On the 12th and 13th August there is a Military and Flying Machine Show close to Rook Hall but the owner has told us that the gate will be open and fishing is allowed for members on both days. Parking will be to the left as you drive in and just tell the people on the gate that you are fishing.  More info about the event can be found at http://www.militaryandflyingmachines.org.uk/about/Whatson.html.

Visit to Beeleigh Mill

Visit to Beeleigh Mill on  Sunday 9th July  as guests of the Beeleigh Mill Restoration Group

If you were at our talk on the 23rd May, you will know that our next event is a visit to Beeleigh Mill on the afternoon of the 9th July. From a personal point of view I have to say that I found the talk fascinating and I can’t wait to see this historic site in the flesh as it were! 

I know that some people have been having trouble with the printed website address for registration. So you can use the link below instead to register. 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cct-members-visit-to-beeleigh-mill-tickets-34714257278 

Registration is highly desirable to help us avoid bottlenecks in the Engine Room tours, so please register if you can. If you can’t, don’t despair, the Mill restoration group have assured us that if you turn up on the day, you will be fitted in, even if you don’t have a ticket! 

Two weeks later, weather permitting, we will be holding our Barbecue for boaters and members at Rushes Lock on 23rd July. This is always a pleasant and relaxed social event at one of the more remote and beautiful spots on the navigation. More details nearer the time, but please note the date in your diary.

You can always get the up-to-date list from our website events page at:  http://www.chelmercanaltrust.co.uk/events.htm

Yours Sincerely - William Marriage.

Minutes of the 2017 AGM

For those members who couldn’t make it along to our Annual General Meeting on Sun 22nd Jan here are the AGM 17 Minutes and the Fishery Management report.

AGM – Sunday 22nd January 2017 at 10am

The Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday 22nd January 2017 at Great Totham village hall starting at 10am.

The venue for our AGM.

2017-18 memberships and night permit renewals will be available on the day along with a selection of club merchandise such as hoodies, shirts and hats.

Sun 25th Sep is going to be a busy day on the Chelmer & Blackwater canal

The 25th Sep is going to be a busy day for our Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation.  As well as the Maldon Marathon there is the Triathlon which will be starting at Hoe Mill.  This involves canoeing and cycling which will disrupt the river from Hoe Mill to Paper Mill including Beeleigh Lock.  The Driberg cup match at Boreham will also be affected.

https://www.waterways.org.uk/events_festivals/waterways_triathlon/waterways_triathlon

Thank you to Kim Naish for bringing this to our attention.

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