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Chesterfield Canal Trust E-Newsletter Number 90

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Dear Supporter,

Welcome to our ninetieth electronic newsletter..

Tapton Lock Consultation
Tapton Lock Visitor Centre is under threat of closure. It is run by the DCC Countryside Service and plays a massive part in attracting visitors to the canal, not least in hosting our John Varley tripboat. Were it to shut, it would be a huge blow to our project.
Derbyshire County Council is carrying out a consultation exercise. Click here to take part.
The final date for submissions is 6th May. Please give your support and please tell others so they can add their support.

Supporters Group Meeting
There will be a Supporters' Group meeting at Staveley Town Basin, S43 3XZ, to see the works on the new lock and Hartington Harbour, at 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday 10th May. Afterwards we will repair to the All Inn on Lowgates in Staveley, S43 3TX. You are very strongly advised to bring wellies.

Festival volunteers
We will need lots of volunteers to run our Festival at Staveley Town Basin on 28th and 29th May. If you would like to help, please reply to this email. If there is something you are particularly keen to help with, please say so. This could be Car parking, Stewarding, Gates, Sales, Looking after the trailboaters, helping to set up on 26th and/or 27th, helping to pack up on 30th etc.

Flotilla volunteers
On Monday 30th May there will be a flotilla of trailboats and our tripboats from the basin to Tapton and back. We need teams of people to operate the locks – at least three per lock. If you would like to help with this, please reply to this email. We will provide windlasses.
If you would like to take the trip on one of our tripboats, it costs £15 return or £10 one way. Members can go for £5. Ring 07925 851569 to book.

Illuminated parade volunteers
On Saturday 28th May, starting at 9.30 p.m., the parade of illuminated boats will be running between the basin and Gas Works Winding Hole just past Mill Green. We will need stewards to keep an eye on things. If you would like to help with this, please reply to this email.

Dawn Rose Boat Pull
If you don’t know what this is, click here to find out. If you want to take part, you will need to get in soon. Over half the sections have already been booked.

Tripboats John Varley is starting its Summertime Special Cruises on Wednesday 4th May, see our website. Its Lock Keeper’s Table Cruises continue, see website.

Promotions Team
Our Promotions Team will be at the following venues in the next few weeks.
Derbyshire Food & Drink Fair 14th & 15th May
Crystal Peaks 21st & 22nd May
Our Festival 28th & 29th May
If you would like to help, please come and see us. For further information email [email protected]

WRGie camp The Waterway Recovery Group is holding a workcamp on 7th/8th May at Staveley Town Basin. Please go to thank them - and our guys!

Chesterfield Area Walking Festival
7th to 15th May. Click here for the website.
The canal walks guided by the Trust are numbers 13, 17, 26 and 31. The latter two are Boots and Boats that include a trip on Madeline. Walks numbers 5, 36, 40 and 50 go along parts of the canal.

C&RT Spring Waterway Forum
We are very grateful to Harry Richardson for forwarding his notes.

Wildlife Watch
I’m delighted that we have some more photos, see our website. If you would like to submit some, please reply to this email.

Keep smiling!

Rod Auton.

Forward the Forty Six

Hollingwood Hub, 22 Works Road, Hollingwood, Chesterfield, S43 2PF. 01246 477569.