The Editor’s Page
As can be seen from our front cover pictures, the Grand Union South reservoirs are still way below normal. When Tony Collins took his picture (inset, front cover) in October, total GU South holdings stood at 35% of maximum. Jeff Whyatt reports that holdings now stand at 61% (as compared with 89% this time last year). We might have seen a greater apparent recovery but for continuing losses and the recent weekend opening of theAylesburyArm. It’s clear that closures and restrictions have the desired effect, concentrating demand and ensuring best use of the limited water supplies, and that BW has no option but to maintain them for the time being. It was raining as Peter Caswell wrote his Chairman’s Column, and it’s still raining as I write this. Jeff has welcomed this recent rainfall, but we need a lot more of it yet! The water supply position was not the only thing that prompted the Wendover Arm Trust to cancel this year’s Festival, but it was a contributing factor. They will lose tens of thousands of pounds of income that they need to keep the restoration work going. I hope that all members will support the Trust in their other fundraising efforts this year - see Page 5. Please use the Grand Draw tickets enclosed with this edition, or consider supporting me for my participation in the “Walk an Arm’s Length” event in September. If you do decide to sponsor me, would you consider giving what you might have spent on a day out at the Festival? The Canal & River Trust’s web site at http://www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/ carries the strapline “Keeping people, nature & history connected”. In this spirit, volunteers are already involved, both in the higher echelons and at the grass-roots. Volunteer lock-keepers are being recruited, and our own Branch has undertaken to do some maintenance work at Fenny Lock. We hope that Branch members and others will make the most of this opportunity to make a difference on our patch.
C&RT now re gi s tered as a Charity
The Charity Commission has confirmed the registration of the Canal & River Trust under registration number 1146792. The news means that the fledgling Trust, which already has a Board of Trustees, a governing Council and a Royal Patron (HRH The Prince of Wales), is now legally permitted and will soon be ready to raise charitable income to support its objectives.
If you don’t fancy this, there are the usual chances to help the Branch this summer. We’re looking for help at our annual Lock Ransom weekend on For more information about 25 - 27 May, and we will attend the Linslade Canal Festival if sufficient the Canal & River Trust, help is offered. See the Diary on Pages 8 and 9. including its charitable objects, you can now visit:
What’s more, we’re still looking for two stalwarts to take on the roles of www.canalrivertrust.org.uk Branch Secretary and Education Officer. If you want to consider either role, talk to any Committee member, or see the “job descriptions” at: This site now includes copies of the minutes of meetings of its trustees, agenda papers, Under "Eastern Region", click Secretary - Milton Keynes Branch, or the Trust's new Articles of Education Officer - Milton Keynes Branch. Anyone who is up for either Association and a copy of its of these jobs will be welcomed - especially by our Chairman - and there is registration application to the plenty of experience on hand to help you. Please do think about it. Charity Commission.
IWA HO Bulletin, April 2012.
Meanwhile, have a great summer! Les Franklin, Editor.
The journal of the Milton Keynes Branch of the Inland Waterways Association