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Latest News from The Stratford and Warwick Waterways Trust
13 June 2015
Youthful theatre group brings Shakespeare from Stratford East London to Stratford-upon-Avon
Stratford 2 Stratford is an exciting new youth arts project. 30 teenagers are travelling
from Stratford east London to Stratford upon Avon by narrowboat. Along the way they
will learn all about the wonders of the canals together with the wonders of Shakespeare,
and once they arrive they will perform 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' at the Dell and
as part of the Stratford River Festival
Stratford Anniversary Celebrations Promote Greater Support
The fall-out from the highly successful celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the
re-opening of the Stratford Canal and the 40th Anniversary of the re-opening of the
Upper Avon has been to raise the profile of the plans to restore the navigation to
Warwick. VIPs from Local Authorities, representatives of organisations that backed
the two previous restorations and CRT Chairman Tony Hales added their support to
the project to restore the Avon Navigation to Warwick and to create the first ever
Midlands cross country broad link by joining with the Grand Union Canal
28 November 2013
Barford Watermill installs renewable hydropower
The site of a watermill in Barford, Warwickshire has become a scene of activity once
again. The mill, demolished about 50 years ago, ground corn for centuries and in
its latter days generated electricity for the village.
This use is being revived once more as the Avon becomes subject to a number of schemes
for renewable hydropower.
Without the assistance of an Avon Navigation Trust tug and barge to provide transportation
and site access this scheme would have almost certainly proven non-viable if not
COME AND MEET OUR PATRONS, TIMOTHY WEST AND PRUNELLA SCALES, AT THE STRATFORD RIVER
Our patrons. Prunella Scales and Timothy West, will be in attendance at the Stratford
River Festival on both the 2nd and 3rd July held at the recreation ground in Stratford-upon-Avon
14 May 2011
STRATFORD AND WARWICK WATERWAYS TRUST ARTICLE IN WATERWAYS WORLD
To view the recent article in Waterways World please click here
16 April 2011
TRUST ARTICLE IN THE LEAMINGTON COURIER
SWWT article in The Leamington Courier can be found here
15 April 2011
STRATFORD AND WARWICK WATERWAYS TRUST ARTICLE IN STRATFORD OBSERVER
SWWT article in The Stratford Observer can be found here
6 April 2011
LOCAL MP BACKS BID TO CONNECT STRATFORD AND WARWICK BY BOAT
LOCAL MP Nadhim Zahawi is backing the campaign to open the River Avon between Stratford
and Warwick saying it will be a huge boost to the local economy.
YouGov founder Mr Zahawi gave the thumbs up to the project after meeting with bosses
from British Waterways and The Avon Navigation Trust on a cruise along the river
He said: “I was very excited to hear the plans to open navigation further linking
Stratford and Warwick. This will provide an excellent new resource for our two towns,
increasing the number of opportunities for the visitors which are so important to
our local economy.”
“I will certainly do all I can to help get this project going.”
The talks took place last week onboard the tripboat Rita Ellen as the party travelled
downstream from Stratford to Luddington to look at how a navigable section of the
river is maintained and conserved.
Avon Navigation Trust director Roger Clay said the campaign to open the river was
gathering real momentum with strong support from the local community.
He said: “Whether we talk to groups or individuals all our surveys show growing support
for this project, especially from locals, of well over 95%.
“This wonderful underused asset will be a benefit for all but especially those in
the local and Midlands areas. It is terrifically encouraging to have our local Conservative
MP so supportive.
“The Avon Navigation with its dozens of volunteers and unpaid Trustees really is
the Big Society in action, working for the benefit of individuals and businesses
in Stratford, the riverside towns and the tourist hinterland of Warwickshire.”
Tony Hales, CBE, chairman of British Waterways, the body responsible for looking
after the UK’s rivers and canals said a fully navigable Avon would be a real addition
to the national network.
He said: “Waterways developments are being eagerly supported throughout the UK and
frequently prove to be the catalyst that improves the economic development of a whole
“The soon-to-be reopened Droitwich Canal is a classic example of what a local partnership
can achieve in bringing the benefits of visitors, tourism and a vibrant waterways
scene right back into the heart of a town.
“The Stratford to Warwick Link which would massively enhance the Midlands network
of rivers and canals is a project that deserves to succeed.”
The campaign steps up next month when the River Trust will commission a Feasibility
Study for the scheme and supporters start training to row non-stop from Warwick to
Stratford to publicise both this project and the upcoming Stratford River Festival.
Cllr Mike Brain and Nadhim Zahawi MP on-board Bancroft Cruisers flagship, cruise
past the re-opened Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Roger Clay, Avon Navigation Trust Director; Cllr Mike Brain, SDC Portfolio Holder;
Nadhim Zahawi MP; Tony Hales CBE, Chairman of British Waterways and John Filgate,
Chairman of Stratford and Warwick Waterways Trust, return up-river to the town quays
aboard Bancroft Cruisers flagship Rita Ellen.