Archive for March, 2016

Barge Inn, Honey Street to re-open as live music venue

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Darren Simons and Violet McLaren, owners of Swindon’s best known music venue the Victoria, are taking over as the new tenants at the Barge Inn, Honey Street on 21st April.

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Act now to stop mooring restrictions at Mead Lane, Saltford

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Yet another mooring place used by liveaboard boaters is under threat. This time it is the stretch of the River Avon at Mead Lane, Saltford.

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Trade’s End

Monday, March 28th, 2016

As a holiday treat, we bring you Trade’s End by traditional folk band Whistling Treason from Bradford on Avon. You can listen to it here:

Here are the lyrics:

Crumb cocoa and dates,
Bottled beer stacked in crates,
Damn all the Waterways Board!
Coal by the ton for the
Old ironworks run,
Damn all the Waterways Board!

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Second meeting for boaters on ‘restricted’ licences, 29th March, Avoncliff

Friday, March 25th, 2016

On Tuesday 29th March at 7pm to 9pm at the Cross Guns, Avoncliff BA15 2HB, there will be a second meeting for any boaters who have been put onto ‘restricted’ 3 or 6 month licences by CRT, or whose licence renewal without a home mooring has been refused, or who are otherwise in the enforcement process.

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Skippers Wanted

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

A wonderful opportunity to do some boating in a different part of the country and get involved in a very worthwhile project.

We need to find 3 experienced steerers, no certificates needed, for a project that involves taking a group of young people from Birmingham to Manchester for a dance performance on hire boats. This is the first two weeks of July.

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National Boats Are Homes demonstration 16th April

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

On Saturday 16th April there will be a demonstration to demand that CRT:

*stops evicting or threatening to evict boat dwellers without permanent moorings based on their travel pattern, because of an arbitrary and unlawful minimum distance ‘rule’ that has been imposed since last May

*stops imposing 24 hour mooring time limits (the law entitles us to stay 14 days in any one place)

*stops any plans for the sale of our waterways,

and instead takes positive action to:

*maintain the banks and towpaths of the waterways

*install more mooring rings where these are needed and

*install more facilities.

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CRT steps up its attack on liveaboards without home moorings

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

On 10th March 2016 CRT announced that it was once again clamping down on boat dwellers without home moorings.

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New film about boaters on the K&A to be launched 23rd March, Bradford on Avon

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Film maker Wendy Zakiewicz invites all boaters to the launch of her new film ‘Off the Cut’ on Wednesday 23rd March 2016 at 7pm at St Margaret’s Hall, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1DE. Off the Cut launch flyer 23-03-2016

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Seend stoppage to overrun

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

CRT has informed boaters that the stoppage at Seend, where the waterway has been closed since 22nd November 2015 to repair Seend Wharf Bridge, will not re-open until 23rd March, 12 days longer than planned. The road will not open until 6th May.

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Boats can moor on towpath during works

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

BaNES Council and CRT have made it clear that despite a 6-month Traffic Regulation Order to close the towpath during works to construct a new cycle path surface, boaters will still be able to moor their boats.

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