Archive for November, 2012

CRT rejects offer to remove articles in libel threat

Friday, November 30th, 2012

The CRT has rejected the offer to remove the articles on this web site that it alleges are defamatory.

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News from London

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

We received this news sheet from a boater in London recently and thought boaters on the K&A might like to read it

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Boaters action group next meeting 10th December in Bradford on Avon

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

The K&A Boaters’ Action Group is having its next meeting on Monday 10th December at 7.30pm in Bradford on Avon.

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Local mooring strategy latest

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

The K&A Local Waterways Partnership Moorings Sub-Group has held two meetings so far, on 26th October and 19th November. It is due to carry out a final review of the proposed mooring plan before putting it out to consultation to the organisations and communities represented in the Sub-Group.

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Dundas Carol Service 1st December

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

All boaters are invited to the Christmas carol service at Dundas basin on Saturday 1st December at 6pm. The service will be led by Rev Peter Atwill of Canal Ministries, who lives on Nb Gospel Belle. Mince pies and mulled wine will be served afterwards. There will also be a carol service at Devizes wharf on Saturday 8th December at 6pm.


Health matters

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Two boaters have contacted us to inform us about some health matters. One boater told us about the possible risks of re-using certain types of plastic bottles to store water.

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Sign up online to K&A Boaters’ Code of Conduct

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

You can now sign up to the K&A Boaters’ Code of Conduct online. Just go to

and click on “Sign me up”. You can add comments or your boat name if you want. You can also print out stickers in different sizes for your boat window that include a QR code for smart phones to read, so that other boaters and towpath users can find out about the Code of Conduct.

Liveaboards fight on for justice

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Itinerant live-aboard boaters are carrying on their legal challenge of the Canal & River Trust’s unlawful harassment of boat dwellers without home moorings.

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Permission refused for Judicial Review of Guidance for Boaters without a Home Mooring

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Nick Brown of the National Bargee Travellers Association had his application for a Judicial Review of the Guidance for Boaters without Home Moorings refused by Mrs Justice Cox on 16th November. Costs of £15,000 were awarded.

Nick Brown has announced his intention to appeal against the judgement.

The written judgment handed down by Mrs Justice Cox is available to view online at:

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Towpath tidied!

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Last Saturday a group of liveaboard boaters cleared rubbish from the towpath between Dundas and Bathampton, with the help of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust’s work boat crew. The photo shows the group unloading the rubbish from the ‘Vale of Pewsey’ at Bathampton at the end of the day. There are plans to do another towpath tidy at the end of January, probably between Widbrook and Hilperton. If you want to help, email or ring/text 07928 078208. If you want to join the ‘Vale of Pewsey’ volunteers in their task for this winter of cutting back vegetation on the offside between Limpley Stoke and Bath, contact co-ordinator Derrick Hunt