Thursday 16 June 2011

Updates - June 2011

Narrowboat on the Trent
Page 29.  Dunham Bridge Moorings - Notice of a restriction.  Many of our customers have dogs with them, and rivers such as the tidal Trent offer few opportunities to get them ashore.  Therefore, please note that BW has issued a warning that a problem has been identified with the access ramp connecting the pontoon moorings at Dunham Bridge to the shore.  The moorings remain in use, but the ramp to the shore is out use until the problem can be identified and solved.

Thursday 9 June 2011

Updates - June 2011

Lincolnshire Waterways
Page 8. Diesel   Torksey, Tongs (Saxilby) in cans, Burton Waters, Geordie's Boat Sales, Boston Marina.  Prices vary.  Contact ahead (p53) to check availability.
Page 8. Maximum Boat Dimensions   Stamp End, Bardney and Anton's Gowt locks - 72ft.  Grand Sluice Lock 45ft x 30ft, but larger craft may pass through when tide makes a level.
Page 8.  Speed Limits   Black Sluice Navigation 7mph.
Page 10.  Navigation Notes   Delete "rubbish by the footbridge".  There are Elsan toilet disposal facilities, and showers, in the public toilets.
Page 36.  Navigation Notes   South Kyme - it is just possible to turn a 42ft craft in the village.
North Yorkshire Waterways
Pages 6, 42, 44  River Derwent - trees   We have been reliably informed that the overhanging trees have been cut back on the whole navigable section.  This will be confirmed when we boat the river in July.
Page 48  River Foss - Castle Mills Lock   The lock is currently closed for adjacent engineering work, due to re-open 26 August 2011.  For information regarding the closure telephone 07588 236 597 (24hr voice message service).
Chesterfield Canal
Map 7 - Nav Notes.  The moorings above Town Lock (50), next to the car-park, give easy access to the new Priory Shopping Centre which includes an M&S food store, Costa Coffee, and other useful shops.  The car-park exit also gives easy access to the shops of the town.
Map 8 - Stret Lock (48) and Shireoaks Middle Lock (43).  Passage through these locks can be difficult for a few boats, but most pass through without problems.  However, BW is investigating and the following is from its web-site - 
"We would like to advise boaters that following correspondence from several users, we are working with boating organisations to investigate and define the maximum craft dimensions for boats from Stret Lock to Norwood Tunnel. It is apparent that some boats that are within the publicised 6’ 10” beam and 2’ 6” draught are unable to navigate through Stret Lock or find it extremely difficult and have similar problems at Shireoaks Middle Lock. Whilst we complete our investigations, please contact the Newark office for up to date information."(Enquiries: 01636 704481)
Maps 11 and 12 - Hollingwood Hub   Alongside Hollingwood Lock, this is the new headquarters of the Chestefield Canal Trust.  It includes Nona's Coffee Shop, which used to be near Shireoaks Bridge (Map 8) and has closed at that location.
Page 41 - Contacts  Chesterfield Canal Trust, Hollingwood Hub, 22 Works Road, Hollingwood, Chesterfield S43 2PF.  Tel: 01246 477569.

Hollingwood Hub.  For the first time in 35 years the Chesterfield Canal Trust has a headquarters of its own.  The new wing in the foreground contains Nona's Coffee Shop, and a meeting room.  At the far end the original lock-house has offices for the Trust, and an archives room.

Hollingwood Hub.  Nona's Coffee Shop.

Open 09.00 to 16.30 Wednesday to Sunday,
and Bank Holiday Mondays.

Hollingwood Hub.  What it's all about  -  a headquarters where the Trust can get its message across.  Here by giving a presentation to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
But this room can also be hired by community groups.