Fundraising canal walk by Alzheimer’s Support

May 21st, 2015

Alzheimer’s Support, a charity that provides services to people with dementia in Wiltshire, is marking its 25th anniversary with a sponsored fundraising walk along the K&A from Bath to Pewsey this weekend.

An attempt to restore mooring on the river in Bath

May 20th, 2015

Because B&NES council are the land owners for the banks of the river running from Bath flight bottom lock up to Pulteney, they have the legal right to control who moors on the banks. You do not need a licence to keep a boat on this quarter mile of river and there is still a Public Right of Navigation but, as with most rivers, the riparian rights reside in the land owners. In a panic attack and in collaboration with CRT last year the Bath and NE Somerset Council, upset by what they saw as undesirables using this public resource, have banned mooring to their land for everyone.

Boat Fire Safety week May 25th to 31st

May 18th, 2015

Following the tragic death of a boater in a fire on a boat at Hilperton Marsh last November, Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is once again sending Boat Fire Safety Advisers cycling along the towpath and to marinas offering FREE boat fire safety checks and smoke alarms. May 25th to 31st is Boat Fire Safety Week throughout the country.

Mark Stephens wins K&A Trust John Gould award

May 17th, 2015

Yesterday the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust presented former K&A manager Mark Stephens with the Trust’s John Gould Award for 2014.

Floating Cinema to tour K&A this summer

May 17th, 2015

The Floating Cinema, a mobile multifunctional arts space on a purpose-built narrowboat, is coming to the K&A via Brentford between 4th June and 2nd August. The Floating Cinema is known for its innovative programme of film screenings, participatory events, workshops and talks which make use of films from local and national archives.

CRT seeks liveaboard boater for Navigation Advisory Committee

May 7th, 2015

CRT is looking for a boat dweller without a home mooring to join its Navigation Advisory Group Licensing and Mooring sub-group.

K&A boaters action group next meet May 11th, Honey Street

May 4th, 2015

The next meeting of the K&A boaters action group will be on Monday 11th May at 7.30pm in Honey Street. Please come and get involved in defending and promoting the boating community on the K&A. Among other things the group will be discussing what CRT’s new policy towards boaters without home moorings means for boaters now that the the K&A Interim 12-month Local Plan has ended.

No more “neighbourhoods” after 30th April

April 29th, 2015

CRT has confirmed that the unworkable system of designating the western K&A into “neighbourhoods” is to end tomorrow.

Rubbish bins re-instated at Devizes Wharf

April 14th, 2015

Following several meetings with CRT and a number of complaints from boaters both with and without moorings, CRT has re-instated refuse collection for boaters at Devizes Wharf.

K&A Users Forum to meet in Woolhampton, 28th April

April 14th, 2015

The K&A Users Forum (previously the User Group Meeting) will take place in Woolhampton Village Hall, Bath Rd, Woolhampton RG7 5RE on Tuesday 28th April 2015 at 6.30pm (doors open 6pm). This is a departure from the practice of recent years of holding all these meetings in Devizes.

Recent user group meetings have been attended by a number of liveaboard boaters, which has enabled us to raise issues that concern us and also helped to improve the relationship between liveaboard boaters and other waterway users. We encourage liveaboard boaters to attend. This will be an opportunity to meet the new K&A Manager Mark Evans who is due to start work on April 13th.

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For more information about the meeting, contact Alison Jordan, CRT Customer Support Co-ordinator, on 01380 737907, email alison.jordan@canalrivertrust.org.uk. There may be lifts going – contact 07928 078208 or info@boatingcommunity.org.uk if you can offer or need a lift.