General Volunteer Information
NEW! Talk on Stroudwater Navigation Connected (SNC)

CCT Chief Executive Ken Burgin is giving a talk about the engineering aspects of SNC to the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) on 25th September at Shire Hall Gloucester from 6:00pm till 8:00pm. Full details about the event are available here:
www.ice.org.uk/events/stroudwater-navigation-connected?utm_source=Communicator&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Untitled46&utm_campaign=South+West+%3a+What%27%27s+On+in+ICE+South+West+%3a+14+Aug++2018 [posted 14/09/18]

NEW! Secondhand Bookshop at Lechlade Saturday 29th September

Our second trial bookshop at the New Inn, Lechlade is on Saturday 29 Sept 2018 (see News Item below)
If you can spare any time to help with the logistics of moving books from Brimscombe Port to Lechlade and back from Friday 28th through to Sunday 30th, please contact Alan or Anna Watts on 07976 617983 or 01453 766687. [posted 16/09/18]

NEW! Professional Fundraiser required

The Cotswold Canals Trust is looking to appoint a Professional Fundraiser. Personable with high standing, they will have existing excellent personal contacts which will enable them to reach major business leaders and benefactors quickly on our behalf. They will have the track record and motivation to confidently raise significant additional funding for a unique, exciting multi-faceted project, Stroudwater Navigation Connected (SNC), centred on the restoration of 4 miles of canal, which has received a substantial Heritage Lottery Fund grant. Full details are available here: cotswoldcanals.com/professional-fundraiser-sought/ [posted 14/09/18]

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES - Please scroll down to view full list

To view Message Boards (for items marked *) follow the "Activities and Rosters" link in the Menu.

Mondays & Wednesdays from 08:30: Maintenance Activity at Western Depot*
Mondays from 09:30: Eastern End Towpath Maintenance*
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 08:30: Maintenance Activity at Eastern Depot*
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10:00: Volunteer sessions aimed at people new to volunteering; meet at Bell House Wallbridge. CCT members also welcome.

SEPTEMBER
18th Tuesday - Stroudwater Session, Quiz at Fromebridge Mill, Whitminster - further details are here:cotswoldcanals.com/fifth-annual-quiz-night-at-fromebridge-mill/
19th Wednesday - East End meeting at the Trout Inn, Lechlade from 19:30*
25th Tuesday - Talk by Ken Burgin on Stroudwater Navigation Connect at Shire Hall, Gloucester 18:00 to 20:00. see details above.
29th Saturday - CCT Secondhand Bookshop open at Lechlade - see details below

OCTOBER
1st Monday - Project Managers Meeting (PMM) at 16:30 (venue tbc)
13th/14th Weekend - Promotion Event (Sat) and Summit Work Party (Sun) at Coates 10am-4pm each day
17th Wednesday - East End meeting at the Trout Inn, Lechlade from 19:30*
27th Saturday - CCT Annual General Meeting at Lechlade - details to follow

NOVEMBER
4th Sunday - Summit Work Party at Coates 10:00am - 4:00pm (previously 18th)
5th Monday - Project Managers Meeting (PMM) at 16:30 (date & venue tbc)
21st Wednesday - East End meeting at the Trout Inn, Lechlade from 19:30*

INFO: CCT Project Managers Meeting Notes - September 2018

The CCT Project Managers Meeting Notes for September 2018 are available to view in the CCT Project Managers Meeting Notes Message Board under Activities and Rosters. [Posted 10/09/18]

UPDATED: CCT Secondhand Bookshop to open at Lechlade

The CCT Secondhand Bookshop will open at Lechlade, in the New Inn on the Market Square, for two Sale Days as a trial assessment of the area's potential for a more regular attendance. The first trial Open Day was on Saturday, 18 August with the second on Saturday, 29 September 2018.
Trust Members and Volunteers are welcome to drop in any time between 10am and 4pm. Please encourage family and friends to come.
We have massive stocks of books, records and jigsaws at the shop at Brimscombe Port and another outlet would be easily supplied and a tremendous boost to CCT funds.
We look forward to seeing many of you, particularly those who find Stroud a bit too far to attend. Further details are here: cotswoldcanals.com/cct-second-hand-bookshop-opens-in-lechlade/

Alan and Anna Watts
Used Bookshop Managers [updated 10/09/18]

INFO: Summit Section Work Party - Sat/Sun 13th/14th October

Details of the next Summit Section Event and Work Party on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October will be available to view in Connect under "Activities and Rosters", select "Work Parties" and "Message Boards only", then click on "Work Parties - Summit Level". [posted 10/09/18]

INFO: Administrative Assistant required at Western Depot

The Western Depot at Eastington require the help of an Administrative Assistant.

The duties would be:-
to keep the paperwork up to date, ordering materials and plant as and when required and
assist the Depot Manager in the efficient running of the Office and Depot.
Duties would on a Monday and Wednesday, with times flexible - as a guide 9am to 4pm
Basic computer skills would be an advantage but not essential.
Remuneration is in the form of copious quantities of tea/coffee and biscuits as required. Also free parking.
At WD we have fun doing what we do and still get the job done. Come and join us. Why not ask someone that already volunteers with us and find out what we do and how we do it?
To find out more, drop in on either a Monday or Wednesday or ring Reg Gregory, WD Manager on 07582 234765 Further details are here: cotswoldcanals.com/volunteer-maintenance-depot-administrator-sought/ [posted17/08/18]

INFO and ACTION: Training Records & Competence Certificates

For Health & Safety and Insurance reasons, Volunteer's Training & Competences records are maintained within Connect to ensure that only suitably trained or qualified volunteers use certain equipment.

If you possess a recognised qualification to operate specific machinery - e.g. chainsaws, brush cutters etc - please let me know and forward a copy of the appropriate certificate to cct-webmaster@teamconnect.org.uk.

INFO: Data Protection Policy

Our Data Protection Policy 2018 is now available to view on SafetyNet. The Cotswold Canals Trust is committed to continual improvement of our data management procedures to protect the privacy of those we work with and those that support us. This responsibility applies to all persons within the organisation that process personal data, under the guidance of CCT's Data Protection Group.

But don't forget, as volunteers, your data matters too! You can find out more information on your personal rights from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) here - https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/

The data protection group currently meets every six weeks and comprises:
Chris Lambert, Diana Edwards, Jude Lindley, Lisa Mant, Shelley Anderson.
If you have any questions about how we handle personal data, or suggestions for improving our procedures, then please contact Jude on mail@cotswoldcanals.com
[Posted 15/06/18]