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CANAL COL­LEGE EX­PANDS

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of its first Canal Col­lege, Scot­tish Wa­ter­ways Trust is hop­ing to run an even big­ger project to reach twice as many young un­em­ployed adults – helped by a £1.125m grant from the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund. De­vel­oped in part­ner­ship with Scot­tish Canals, Ar­chae­ol­ogy Scot­land and De­vel­op­ing Na­tion, Canal Col­lege is a unique out­door em­ploy­a­bil­ity pro­gramme de­signed to help ad­dress youth un­em­ploy­ment by teach­ing prac­ti­cal her­itage and en­vi­ron­ment skills to dis­ad­van­taged 16-30-year-olds. Be­tween 2013 and 2015 Canal Col­lege on the Union Canal helped 162 young peo­ple with 72 per­cent mov­ing into work, fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing or vol­un­teer­ing. The Trust is now seek­ing fur­ther fund­ing to de­liver the £1.4m pro­gramme which will ex­tend to Falkirk, Glas­gow and In­ver­ness.

MERCIA’S BEL­LAMY AWARD

Not only has Mercia Ma­rina been awarded its sixth Gold award in a row from David Bel­lamy’s Con­ser­va­tion Award Scheme ( run in con­junc­tion with the Bri­tish Hol­i­day & Home Parks As­so­ci­a­tion), but this year it has re­ceived a Spe­cial Dis­tinc­tion for the bee con­ser­va­tion work that has been run by boaters and lodge own­ers.

AQUE­DUCT GOES OR­ANGE

Join Aque­duct Ma­rina staff on 27 Jan­uary when ev­ery­one will be wear­ing or­ange to raise funds for Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy, its cho­sen char­ity. See aque­duct­ma­rina.co.uk to find out more about join­ing in.

HS2 CON­CERNS FOR ASHBY

Al­though the lat­est plans for the HS2 high speed rail­way are look­ing less likely to dam­age the Ch­ester­field Canal restora­tion ( CB, Jan 17), the sit­u­a­tion is less clear on the Ashby North­ern Reaches. The rail­way will now pass south of Measham and cross the canal at near to wa­ter level, re­quir­ing a di­ver­sion or new locks. On the plus side, this part of the canal is al­ready sub­ject to a Trans­port & Works Act Or­der, which should help the statu­tory pro­tec­tion of its route.

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