Subject: Water stoppages TOMORROW, 7 January – and other matters
An urgent notice on some upcoming CRT Activities.
1. As some of you will be aware, just before Christmas we had a series of large holes appear along the towpath at Shipton. Temporary repairs have been made but CRT are conducting a survey tomorrow which will include the temporary shutting off of the water supply along the moorings. This will probably be in the period 11am-4pm. Apologies for the short notice, but we have only just been informed.
2. CRT are clearing some of the encroaching reed beds along the canal, starting at Aynho and ending at Aubrey’s Lift Bridge. It looks like they will arrive in the Thrupp area after 20 Jan. The work will involve barges and dredging equipment, and it is possible that navigation will be affected. Moorers at Shipton and the Wide beware! More details at https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notices/18966-bridge-187-188-and-move-southwards-finishing-at-thrupp-bridge-220-221
And of course lengthy works at Duke’s Lock are also about to get going.
Stay safe everyone!
on behalf of the TCCC committee
Subject: Water stoppages TOMORROW, 7 January – and other matters
Thrupp is a wonderful place and should be open and welcoming to all.
We are committed to creating an environment in which everyone is treated with respect. This includes members of the public, mooring and visiting members, wardens and club officials, contractors and suppliers, our neighbours and local businesses.
Your Club has adopted the CRT’s Equality and Diversity Statement in full. Click here to see it.
We have also written our own Diversity and Equality Statement which will apply to all members and club officers. We’ll be circulating this soon.
Boaters who are not currently occupying their boat should not take short overnight breaks or undertake non-essential cruises on their boat during the period.
If you live on your boat please note all navigation in England should be limited to essential use only, moving only a minimal amount to access essential facilities or services when necessary – or to move along to a quieter mooring if you find the towpath too busy for you where you are moored. Boat licence terms & conditions regarding moving every 14 days are suspended for the four-week period.
If you have any coronavirus symptoms or have had a positive test result then you should not use any customer service facilities (CSFs) and, as with anyone, regardless of whether they live on a boat or in a land-based home, you should stay inside and use your support network to provide, while socially distanced, for your essential needs. Please see the ‘Supporting boaters’ article for alternative avenues of support.
For full information see the CRT’s FAQ page.
Coronavirus and boating FAQs
Many of your questions regarding coronavirus and boating are answered on this page, which we are regularly updating. The two main ones are likely to be:
Can I visit my boat?
Yes. With the government announcing a first step in lifting restrictions on outdoor activities, and allowing people to drive to spend time outdoors with members of the same household, the Trust is lifting any remaining restrictions on boat owners visiting their boats, provided you and your boat are in England.
In Wales, separate rules apply that mean you cannot visit your boat. See below for more information.
If your boat is in a privately operated marina or mooring, please check with the operator before travelling, to make sure that they are open.
Can I go out on my boat for a cruise?
From Wednesday 13 May 2020:
You may undertake short boating trips only, avoiding the use of locks and any staff-operated structures if possible, providing that you do not stay away from home overnight and that you return to your home mooring (where you have one). This is based on current government guidance.
From Saturday 23 May:
Mooring exemptions will come to an end and our guidance for continuous cruisers comes back into force. This doesn’t mean that every boat without a home mooring needs to move on this day, just that we’d expect you to move off your current mooring within 14 days (i.e. by 6 June). If you are in a high-risk group, and need to continue to shield or self-isolate, then special arrangements can be agreed with your licence support officer if you haven’t already told us.
From Monday, 1 June:
On this date we anticipate that our navigations will re-open in full, subject to some exceptions, and that you will be able to undertake longer journeys.
According to current government guidance, those who do not liveaboard should not stay on their boat overnight. We will seek further clarification as to whether overnight stays will be permissible once full navigation resumes.
Please bear in mind that it will take time to get the entire network fully operational, and booking for some passages and services will be required. Some sections may be closed for a further period. Our website will be updated with the details closer to the time.
As you start to make use of equipment that may not have been operated for a few weeks, we would ask you to be cautious. We’re getting out to check the network, but if you come across a problem or something that isn’t working, please report it in the normal way. We will respond as quickly as we can, but our response times may be longer than you are used to in more normal circumstances.
Please use the attached link for the latest updates from CRT
Dont forget to check the events page
An Introduction to the AWCC
What is the AWCC?
The Association of Waterway Cruising Clubs (AWCC) is a grouping of individual and independent clubs which offer their members facilities related to boating on the inland waterways of the United Kingdom. Membership of the AWCC is open to all properly constituted UK clubs in this sphere, whether they have a defined physical location and base (i.e. moorings and/or clubhouse) or comprise a looser grouping of individual boaters with a common interest. Membership of the AWCC is not open to individual boaters other than by being a member of a club that is an AWCC member. Clubs pay a modest annual fee for membership of the AWCC that then entitles all their members to take advantage of the facilities that the AWCC offers.
What are the benefits of AWCC membership?
There are benefits from membership of the AWCC for both clubs and their individual members.
For clubs, membership provides access to the expertise and shared experience of both the national AWCC officers and members and officers of other member clubs. In particular, the AWCC has experienced officers who can represent the interests of member clubs, either individually or collectively, with other organisations and government departments, including the Canal & Rivers Trust, and the Environment Agency. The AWCC have officers who sit on a number of national waterways advisory bodies and can thus represent the interests of member clubs in those forums.
For individual club members, the AWCC offers reciprocal arrangements with other member clubs, including emergency help whilst out cruising, access to temporary moorings for overnight or longer stays, as well as use of other facilities and clubhouse access. Clearly these facilities will depend on what each club is able to offer, and each club is free to determine their own rules and charges for use of the facilities. Contact details for each club for making arrangements prior to visiting a club are included in the AWCC Handbook which is produced each year, and which is available to members of AWCC clubs for a small fee, as well as being available in the members area of the AWCC website. Version 1.4 (20-11-2019)
AWCC Management Structure
The operation of the AWCC is divided into 6 regions. Each club should have appointed a representative (AWCC Rep) to attend the regional meetings, to represent their club’s interests and to channel information between the AWCC and their club. Each Region appoints a number of regional officers at their Regional AGM, including a Chairman, Secretary, President and Treasurer, to manage the regional business, two of which then represent the Region on the National Executive Committee (NEC). Whilst many of the regional officers may start out as Reps for their Club, this is not a requirement and nominations are welcome from anyone keen to support the work of the AWCC. The NEC also consists of a number of national officers who are elected at the AWCC National AGM, again without the requirement to be a Club Rep. A full list of all national and regional officers is available in the Handbook and in the Members Area of the website.
This structure allows clubs to raise issues at a regional level which can then be escalated to the NEC for further national action where relevant. If you have any issues with the management of the waterways or other boating matters that require action and which fall outside individual club responsibilities, pass these to your club’s AWCC Rep for them to take to the regional meetings from where further escalation can be managed where appropriate.
The AWCC maintains a website at http://awcc.org.uk. This comprises a public area, which gives general information about the organisation and summary information about its member clubs, as well as a password protected members area where more detailed information about the member clubs and their contacts, access to the AWCC forums and other information such as regional and national meeting minutes is available.
All current members of a Club that is a member of the AWCC are entitled to a login to the Members’ Area of the AWCC web site.
As the AWCC itself has no means of establishing whether an applicant for a login is a current member of one of its member clubs, the creation of these logins is handled by officers of the club itself. Therefore, as a member of an AWCC club, you should apply to one of your club officers (as recorded by the AWCC) for them to create your login record. Details of your login ID and initial password will then be automatically e-mailed directly to you. The club officers recorded by the AWCC and who should have this ability include the Secretary, Membership Secretary, AWCC Rep, Contact for visiting AWCC boaters and Treasurer. In some cases, further club officers may also have the ability to create the login records. To create a login, the only information that is required is your forename, surname, private email address and the club of which you are a member.
The AWCC Rep for your Club is Tim Allen