Archive for May, 2016

Rubbish skip for Dundas, 27th to 29th May

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

K&A Manager Mark Evans has arranged for a skip for Friday 27th May at Dundas. The skip will be left there for the weekend.

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New magazine launched

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Michelle Smith, a continuous liveaboard on the the Kennet and Avon, has launched The Liveaboards Cut, a new magazine featuring and celebrating life on the Western Kennet and Avon. The first issue, out now, focusses on many of the traders on the cut as well as a feature on The Travelling Community Support Service and some of the lighter side of life aboard with poetry, humour and stories.

Well worth a read. And if you wish to contribute, Michelle is looking for contributions for the next issue.

The Liveaboards Cut is a quarterly publication. You can download the first issue as a PDF here. 


BaNES agrees to meet liveaboards and launches survey of boaters’ needs

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

BaNES Council has agreed to meet boat dwellers without home moorings to discuss the need for boaters to be directly represented on the Committees tasked with making decisions about the joint BaNES – CRT mooring strategy covering the River Avon and the Kennet and Avon Canal to Limpley Stoke.

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Boat Fire Safety Week 27th May – 6th June 2016

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Boat Fire Safety Week between 27th May and 6th June will see firefighters from Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service out on the towpath giving out FREE smoke and CO alarms and doing boat fire safety checks, so keep an eye out for them. This follows the Service’s successful series of Boat Fire Safety Talks in canalside pubs over the winter. This is their schedule:

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A rubbish announcement from Mark Evans

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

K&A Manager Mark Evans would like to know where and when boaters would like CRT to put a skip for boaters’ larger items of rubbish, such as boat interiors or old deck boards and rubbish collected from towpath tidy days.

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Register by 7th June to vote in European Union referendum

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

We don’t intend to get involved in the political debate about whether to stay in or leave the EU, but if you want to vote in the referendum on 23rd June  you need to register to vote by 7th June.

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K&A Users Forum, Devizes, 24th May

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

The K&A Users Forum will take place in the Corn Exchange, Market Place, Devizes SN10 1HS on Tuesday 24th May 2016 at 6.30pm to 8.30pm (doors open 6pm). This is an open meeting and all waterway users are invited.

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K&A boaters join national protest against CRT’s enforcement policy

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Liveaboard boaters from the K&A joined demonstrations outside CRT’s headquarters in Milton Keynes on 10th May where in total about 90  boat dwellers without home moorings protested against the charity’s punitive and unlawful enforcement action against boats without a home mooring. Some 15 boaters also protested at CRT’s licensing office in Leeds.

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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

This week we reported that Matthew Symonds was heard to say, twice, that liveaboard boaters were “gits”.

Since we reported this, someone on Twitter asked Mr Symonds if the comments he had made were true. He categorically denied that he would ever say such a thing.

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Head to Head

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
Matthew Symonds

Matthew Symonds

Matthew Symonds, subject of an allegation that he referred twice to liveaboard boaters as gits has cut his holiday in Holland short to publish this, official, rebuttal.

“Hello Yaz

Yes, I remember you, the good work that you were involved in at the Bristol Wood Recycling project in Bristol and the brief time we met outside the Southville Centre when you and my former colleagues were attending the training session there, but that’s where our memories start to differ I’m afraid.

I’m sure I would have mentioned that my new job was challenging and rewarding – but as I have already stated, the words attributed to me are not ones that I said – it’s not even a term I generally use. I’ve said many times, publicly and privately, that living on the canals can be a great lifestyle – but it’s important to be aware what is involved. We’re also obligated [sic] to fairly apply the rules as set down in the Act of Parliament to all boaters.”

Speculation has been mounting about whether Matthew would do the honourable thing and ‘fess up or entrench himself and call his former colleague a lair. It seems now it is the latter.

The non-seqitur seems a little strange to our ears. You meet a bunch of old colleagues and say “living on the canals can be a great lifestyle  but it’s important to be aware what is involved”. Sounds more like his standard press statement than a casual response to “How’s the new job”.

But he asked us to print his rebuttal so we leave you to draw your own conclusions in this ‘her word against mine’ Mexican standoff.

The full text of Mr Symonds’ reply can be found here: