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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 to Stratford Theatre

 

Stratford River Festival

 

7 July 2014

 

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 impossible

 

Link to Barford Hydropower blog here

 

21 November 2012

 

Digby Jones, Baron Jones of Birmingham, Kt. Llb(Hons), D.Univ, D.Lit, DL, D.Sc(econ), CIMgt, FRI, HonFIIMechE becomes new patron of Stratford and Warwick Waterways Trust

 

We have recently received the very welcome news that Digby Jones, Baron Jones of Birmingham, Kt. has consented to become a Patron of the Trust with immediate effect.   

 

To have gained the backing of someone whose experience and influence is as wide and profound as that of Lord Jones gives an immense boost to all of us.  

 

I can heartily recommend that one spends a little time studying his daunting and impressive CV.  We owe very especial thanks to John Dews for making our introductions to Lord Jones.  

 

 

23 November 2011

 

STRATFORD VISITOR SURVEY PUTS RIVER AVON FIRST

 

Results of the 2011 Stratford Town Visitor Survey collated from interviewing 500 people around the town have shown:

Main Attractions Influencing a Visit

The top two items:

 

Waterside Parks and River Avon 33%

Town's History & Architectural Heritage 33%

 

What Visitors Liked about Stratford-upon-Avon

The highest score:

River/Riverside/Canals/Boats 21%

 

3 August 2011

 

LEAMINGTON SPA COURIER SLIPWAY ARTICLE RESPONSE

 

Link to article

 

15 May 2011

 

COME AND MEET OUR PATRONS, TIMOTHY WEST AND PRUNELLA SCALES, AT THE STRATFORD RIVER FESTIVAL

 

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 last week.

 

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 area.  

“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.