Brian Kingshott R.I.P. We are sorry to have to bring you the sad news that Brian Kingshott of the Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust has died. Brian chaired the Trust for 15 years through some tricky times, most notably the struggle to ensure that the M6 Toll wouldn’t prevent the canal’s restoration. He was a reliable supporter of Navvies with his regular reports on LHCRT’s work for the Progress pages. Our sympathies to everyone who knew him.
Moans ’n’ groans, thanks, and apologies... ...but not necessarily in that order! Here’s John Hawkins from WRG Print... Firstly my apologies for the last edition of Navvies, some copies are not as good as they should be; more about that later. When I arrived at Watchfield for the start of the Christmas Camp I was shown a very forthright entry in ‘Facebook’. Apparently the person concerned had received a copy with blank pages and also a ‘double sheet’ – a real double whammy!! There is a chance that other copies may be about; sorry, no prizes if you have one! Thanks to Helen for her response and to others who also added their ‘own style’ comments. For those who don’t do ‘Faceache’; if you receive a copy of Navvies with either pages missing, blank pages or any other problems, just contact myself or Jenny at the office and we’ll send you another copy. If you contact me then please give me your address because I don’t have access to the address database. Edition 274 seemed to be a particular problem in many ways… Martin had planned to be on the joint London/KESCRG weekend dig on the Cotswolds, but spent all Saturday at meetings and Sunday at the accommodation at Brimscombe Port editing Navvies on his laptop. This continued on the back seat of the Transit as they drove back to London. He finally stopped when it became necessary for him to drive for the final part of the journey... When completed some files were sent to Chris at Stroudprint and the remainder (lots!) to the company in Watford for the plates to be produced. They were very efficient and got everything sorted very quickly. Now it was my turn to start the
Navvies News production run... The majority of the printing process went very well with just a couple of hiccups – but then everything started to go wrong. The paper that I use is always bought from the same company, at the same time, stored and used in a similar method; neither were the print machine settings altered; but it nearly always ‘plays tricks’ etc. This time it suddenly started to put 2, 3, 4 or even more sheets through at a time. This then meant that the ‘double feed’ detector decided to stop operating. Twice whilst this was happening, paper went around the ink and water rollers resulting in a horrible mess that needs to be totally cleaned before I can re-start the printing. At least the guillotining part of the print run went well; which is more then can be said for the collating machine. I then encountered problems with the stapling, folding and trimming process. After attempting various other methods and machines to get everything working I had to resort to hand folding every copy and feeding it into the last machine. Over all of the years of running WRG Print this edition presented all of the possible problems and more in the one edition. And finally thanks to the London Canal Museum for the continuing use of their facilities and also to the people who assist with Navvies ‘stuffing’. More people would always be welcome on these evenings – just contact me. John Hawkins
Training Grants A reminder that any volunteer who wants to get any kind of professional training in connection with canal restoration - anything from chainsaw operation to project planning - can apply for a WRG Training Grant for up to 75% of the cost, subject to a maximum of £750.00. Details from Jenny at Head Office.
Congratulations... ...to Bobby Silverwood and Jo Clarke on their engagement; to Mitch Gozna and Tom Fitzpatrick on their engagement; and to Al Moore and Neil Collings on their marriage.
Navvies 275. WRG's magazine for volunteers restoring the waterways. 1966-2016.