Please complete Wiltshire policing survey before 22nd November

November 16th, 2021

If you think that Wiltshire Police should take crime on the K&A canal such as generator thefts or hire boat stag parties deliberately ramming private boats more seriously, now’s your chance to have your say. There is less than a week left for you to take part in the largest ever policing consultation of its kind run in Wiltshire.
See https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Z3J5RXN

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K&A Floating Fayre, Bradford on Avon, 4th-5th December

November 14th, 2021

The K&A Floating Fayre is back on the towpath for a Winter Fayre on 4th and 5th December 2021 from 11am to 5pm. After an absence last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Fayre this year will be bigger and even better!

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CRT rubbish collection by boat, this Tues 16th November, Bath to Bradford on Avon

November 14th, 2021

On Tuesday 16th November 2021 from 10am to 3pm CRT will be running a second rubbish collection by boat between Bath and Bradford on Avon. If you have any bulky items such as mattresses, barrels of oil, waste from boat fit-outs etc, just give them a shout as they pass.

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CRT online Annual Public Meeting, 22nd November

November 9th, 2021

CRT is holding its 2021 Annual Public meeting online at 2pm on Monday 22nd November 2021. CRT says that it is inviting people to submit questions to be answered in the meeting, which will be a live broadcast on YouTube. You can email questions to annualpublicmeeting@canalrivertrust.org.uk.

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Aquilon coal boat under new ownership: first delivery run to Bath this Thursday

November 2nd, 2021

Aquilon coal and diesel boat has been bought by Sarah and Lee who will be doing their first delivery run this Thursday 4th November between Hilperton and Bath. They will sell coal, diesel, gas, logs and the same stock as Spencer and Victoria used to carry. The new number to order from Aquilon is 07384 507192. Watch this space for details of the new Aquilon web site.

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CRT threatens legal action over hunting with dogs on K&A towpath

October 25th, 2021

Following complaints to CRT by concerned boaters and by the Wiltshire Hunt Saboteurs, CRT’s Legal Director has written to Avon Vale Hunt threatening legal action if the hunt continues to carry out hunting with dogs on the K&A towpath. The hunt was seen on the towpath at Horton last week and has also been seen at Bishops Cannings. Hounds have in the past killed boaters’ pets. If you see any trail hunting or foxhunting on the towpath, please report it to CRT – see https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/contact-us – and get photos or videos if possible.

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K&A online User Forum, 4th Nov, 6pm

October 25th, 2021

CRT is holding an online Kennet and Avon User Forum on Thursday 4th November at 6pm-7pm. The second half of the session will be a question and answer session. If you have a question you can raise it on the day but CRT also asks people to submit questions by email beforehand no later than Wednesday 27th October. Questions can be sent to enquiries.walessouthwest@canalrivertrust.org.uk

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Send your photos, videos or accounts of dangerous boat handling under the influence of alcohol or drugs to the Department for Transport before 1st November!

October 22nd, 2021

The Department for Transport (DfT) is running a consultation on strengthening enforcement against the dangerous use of recreational and personal watercraft. The consultation mainly concerns the dangerous use of craft such as jetskis. However the DfT is also asking in Question 12 for respondents to submit documentary evidence that alcohol or drug use among recreational mariners is leading to safety concerns or an increased number of accidents or incidents.

The closing date is 1st November. Send your evidence (photos, videos or written descriptions) and any response to the consultation to maritimesafety@dft.gov.uk with the subject heading: Consultation on enforcement re dangerous use of recreational and personal watercraft.

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Local MP’s fundraising canal walk

September 27th, 2021

Chippenham MP Michelle Donelan walked the 87-mile length of the K&A canal last weekend to help raise funds for a new building for Holt Pre-School. She completed the walk yesterday having raised around £6,400. The Chippenham constituency includes the K&A Canal from Dundas to Bowerhill. Michelle Donelan is the Minister of State for Higher and Further Education.

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Appeal to find missing Devizes woman

September 27th, 2021

The police are appealing for information about the whereabouts of a woman who is missing in Devizes. Victoria Clements, 53, has been missing since approximately 1pm on 22nd September 2021 and the police and her friends are concerned for her welfare. She is diabetic. It is believed that she has left the area on foot and that she might have been heading towards more rural locations on the outskirts of the town – so boaters might have seen her on the towpath.

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