Canal News- 8th November 2014, Napton Open Day, National Waterways Museum,Gloucester Waterways Museum

Canal News- 8th November 2014

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Napton open day

08 Nov 2014
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Address
Napton-on-the-Hill, Southam, Warwickshire, CV47 8NZ

We’re holding an open day on the Oxford Canal so that you can pop down and meet our friendly maintenance team.
During November and December we’re going to replace three sets of lock gates on the Oxford Canal. While we’ve got the canal drained we’ll also repair a number of gates between lock 10 and lock 14. Lock 10, which needed an emergency stoppage over the summer after the pound wall collapsed, will have extensive brickwork repairs and a complete rebuild of the pound wall.
The Open Day will be on Saturday 8 November at Lock 8 between 10am and 4pm. You’ll be able to step down into the drained lock to inspect the works taking place, talk to our maintenance team and find out what it takes to keep our historic waterways in working order.
Why not bring the whole family? This is a rare chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at one of our most popular canals.
Parking will be at Folly Inn, Folly lane, Napton-on-the-Hill, Southam, Warwickshire, CV47 8NZ

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Going Digital Photography Workshops at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

08 Nov 2014
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
National Waterways Museum, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. CH65 4FW
Explore Your Digital Camera Part 1- Get Off Auto
Suitable for complete beginners. If you’ve been using your camera on Auto and you’re ready to unlock its true potential, this workshop will give you all you need to know to get started.
We run small, friendly groups (usually no more than 8 students per tutor), a mixture of classroom theory and hands-on practice – and you can take home handouts and assignments to refine your skills – practice makes perfect!
£75 for more information, contact either Carol Gregory or Graham Nobles 07958 007004

Wartime women on the waterways at Gloucester Waterways Museum

Performance Poet Heather Wastie

Performance Poet Heather Wastie

08 Nov 2014
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Gloucester Waterways Museum
Llanthony Warehouse
Llanthony Road
Gloucester
GL1 2EH
Discover more about the lives of “Idle Women” working on the waterways during World War II.
Poet Heather Wastie is set to showcase the lives of women working on the waterways during World War II with a live performance of a poem written to celebrate “Idle Women”.
“Idle Women” was the name given to women who took over the working boats while the men went out to war.
Heather’s poem is based on the wartime memories of three “Idle Women”, Emma Smith, Nancy Ridgway and Daphne March (Daffy). The poem broadly tells the women’s story, from recruitment to redundancy, using their own descriptions. Because of the war, these women had “crossed a line” into a completely new world and the piece takes the listener into that world.
Heather will perform her poem in costume on the hour from 11am – 3pm on the second floor of the museum. Come along and discover more about the lives of these inspirational women.

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