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FRIENDS OF EXETER SHIP CANAL

Update 11 April 2021

Topsham Lock Cottage garden
to get tlc treatment

Dear <<First Name>>

Our volunteers returned to Topsham Lock Cottage on Friday to continue making progress with clearing the garden. The photograph above shows some of what's been achieved already.
 
Committee member Bob Lucas, who is co-ordinating the project with Andrea Gallagher, reports: ‘We have been thinning the hedges and taking out some bramble roots from the "lawn". We also started clearing the front garden and mending the furniture. 
 
‘There is a possibility that we may also be joined by a horticulturalist friend of Andrea who will advise on the layout of the garden, what we should plant and where we should plant it.’ 
 
It was an inauspicious start to the day’s work however. When the volunteer party arrived they found parts of the garden seat which they were to repair had ended up in the lock, as had some of the fencing at the lock. Our laminated signs were ripped off the cottage door and had disappeared. The incident and damage have been reported to the police. It was the second episode of vandalism since we began work and security is being discussed.
 
Meanwhile we are not to be daunted and the next work party will be on Friday, 16 April.

Topsham Lock Cottage is YOUR project as members of the Friends so if you would like to be involved, either now or in the future, please let Bob know by using this link to email him. All are very welcome.
 
Thank you all very much for renewing your membership for the coming year. Subscriptions were due on 1 April. The great majority are paid by standing order or direct debit which saves both us and yourselves a lot of trouble. A reminder will be sent soon to members who pay by cheque annually, together with a request to switch to standing order, which is our preferred system.

We appreciate also the support of our growing number of life members.
 
That towpath tree again
A ‘double negative’ spoilt the sense and impact of an item in the previous newsletter.  It said that the City Council had quashed rumours that the oak on the canal towpath towards Double Locks is not due to be chopped down.
A keen reader pinpointed the careless grammatical error and asked, ‘Is the tree saved or not?’ The answer is, ‘Yes, it is’!


New life for an important canalside site
As previously reported, the SecAnim factory that processed animal waste alongside the canal (see photo below) has closed. We believe this important canalside site should incorporate waterway-related use in future. Please read our background report on the site – it's on our website – and send us your ideas for its future. 

Finally, you should now be receiving your copy of Making the Canal Matter Again to Exeter, the Friends’ far-reaching plan for reviving the canal and basin.  Please let me know what you think and what you would add to it.

Thank you to committee members Mick Green, Martin Mather and Peter Nickol for arranging distribution.
 
As always, take care of yourselves even though lockdown restrictions are being lifted. I hope we will all be able to meet at a Canal Friends event soon.

With every good wish
John

John Monks
Chair
Friends of Exeter Ship Canal
jbmonks@btinternet.com
01392 493559

Mick Green's photograph shows how important the former SecAnim site will be for the canal when the site is redeveloped.
 

We are always keen to welcome new members who are supporters of the canal. If you know anyone who may be interested please feel free to forward this newsletter to them.

Membership is:
Individual – £8 a year
Family – £15 a year
Lifetime – £100

Corporate or business membership can also be arranged.
For all membership enquiries please contact:
Mick Green, secretary 
michael.green@endorsehr.co.uk
 
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