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LATEST NEWS

 

WE'VE REACHED A LANDMARK!

October 4, 2021

We're really pleased to announce that we now have over 500 followers on Facebook. We are growing an engaged and supportive community, and it's really great to see how many people are enthusiastic about what we are trying to achieve - and are willing to get their hands dirty to help us out!


Thank you to everyone who has supported us in our first year - we look forward to growing an ever-stronger community as we enter our second year as a charity.

THE ARMY LEND A HAND

September 17, 2021

This week we welcomed 7 Regiment -The Royal Logistics Corp for lots of hard work along the canal. They helped us with the rebuilding of a set of stone steps at the Burley Road entrance, erected new fencing and gates, repainted metal fencing along the roadside and put in place new signage. They also strimmed, trimmed and generally did amazing work clearing the paths along the canal. We are highly grateful to them for their efforts!

GUIDED WALK PROGRAMME A GREAT SUCCESS

August 30, 2021

Our programme of guided walks, led by Paul Dadford - our Project Lead and a man who knows everything there is to know about the canal - raised an impressive £200 through donations in August. The money will be spent on new tools to help us improve the canal environment. 

We got lots of positive feedback on the walks, so we will be putting a new programme together for next summer. Keep an eye on our Canal Walks page for details.

ST JOHN AND ST ANNE PARTNERSHIP

July 27, 2019

We've partnered with Rutland's oldest charity, St John and St Anne, so we can improve even more pathways to the west of the canal. Read more here:

https://www.stamfordmercury.co.uk/news/charities-work-together-to-make-footpath-more-accessible

LAUNCHING VOLUNTEER WORK PARTIES

July 1, 2021

Our first volunteer work parties are here! Starting from 8 July we will be holding regular work parties throughout the summer to keep vegetation in check, clear rubbish and generally make the canal environment a lovely place to be. We will be posting dates on Facebook as and when they are announced, so please follow us there for the latest updates.

MELTON ROUND TABLE GET THEIR HANDS DIRTY

June 19, 2021

We'd like to say a big thank you and well done to Melton Mowbray Round Table, who have been hard at work on helping us remove and rebuild the rickety steps leading to the canal north of Burley Road. Despite one member getting lost, we still had a great team who carried out the work in no time at all. Thanks lads!

NEW FUNDING, NEW FOOTPATHS

June 3, 2021

We recently received funding to replace the steps and fencing at the entrance to the canal north of Burley Road. These steps are extremely uneven and pose a danger to the public.


We will soon start work to clear the undergrowth, remove the current steps and put in place a temporary set, before resetting the stones and replacing the fencing. We would love support from anyone who has experience in landscaping, groundworks or fencing, or who is just happy to come along and get their hands dirty - please get in touch if that's you!

MAY IS BURSTING INTO LIFE, AND SO ARE WE!

May 7, 2021

May is here and all the flowers and trees along the canal are beginning to blossom and bloom, which is lovely to see. We have been busy working away behind the scenes, ready to get works underway over the next few months now that lockdown is easing. 

Our first works are likely to take place on the northern section of the canal, between Burley Road and Ashwell Road, to improve the footpath and access. Both the current set of steps and the footpath itself are in a bad state, so we are looking to improve both of these, as well as shoring up the canal bank where needed. We are working closely with our friends at Ecology Resources to ensure we carry out all works with respect to the biodiversity of the area. 

We are always looking for volunteers, so if you have any experience undertaking this kind of work, we would be happy to hear from you. We will also be organising our first work parties soon, so please join our mailing list if you'd like to be kept up-to-date on these.

FISHING ON THE CANAL

February 25, 2021

We are very pleased to report that Oakham canal is an increasingly popular choice for people to spend their spare time. Fishing is no exception, and the Oakham Angling Society continues to see growing interest in membership. Fishing is a great way to relax and take in the natural environment, as well as catching a few fish along the way. This season has seen a continuing stream of silver fish, providing plenty of bites for the angling fraternity. There is always the possibility of something larger as well, with bream, carp and tench making a regular appearance. If you are interested, season tickets are available from Vicky at HTS fishing in Oakham, and are valid for a full 12 months from date of purchase. 


The Angling Society and its members welcome visitors to enjoy the canal, but request care is taken to navigate the presence of anglers and avoid the risk of damage to expensive items of fishing tackle that can temporarily block access along the towpath. Be safe, be courteous and enjoy.

WESTERN FOOTPATHS

January 19, 2021

We have had some positive meetings with the landowner and tenant farmer with a view to acquiring permissive access rights to the footpaths on the western bank of the canal. We hope to formalise this agreement early in 2021 with both parties. This will allow us to make the footpaths accessible to the public, and allow us to provide proper access gates.

FORMING NEW PARTNERSHIPS

December 14, 2020

With our new charitable status, we can continue to form effective partnerships with the Melton & Oakham Waterways Society, Oakham Angling Society and Rutland County Council.  In 2021 we are hoping to secure the services of a local ecological business to help us develop maintenance strategies along the route of the Green Corridor. We will focus initially on the canal at Springfield, and we hope to be in a position in the next few months to put forward a proposal to Rutland County Council (which owns the canal bed in this section) and local residents. We are also working with Persimmon Homes Limited and Rutland County Council to agree a specification to bring the footpath up to an acceptable standard so that the land can be transferred to the ownership of RCC. We will continue to update you as we make progress with our plans.

NORTHERN SECTION IMPROVEMENTS

November 8, 2021

Oakham Angling Society has acquired a lease for the northern section of the Green Corridor. The tenant farmer has improved the fencing to the eastern bank, which will hopefully keep the cattle from causing further damage to the footpath. In 2019 staff from Bradshaw Taylor (otherwise known as Cavells) helped us with some much-needed maintenance to the vegetation. The main issue in this section is waterlogging of the footpath during winter. Oakham Angling Society is currently assessing the depth of water in this section of the canal, and the results of the survey will help us determine the best way to improve the footpath and create new angling platforms.

WE ARE NOW A REGISTERED CHARITY!

October 25, 2020

Over the last few years our project has been run as a loose partnership between the Melton & Oakham Waterways Society, Oakham Angling Society, Sustainable Land Trust and Rutland County Council. Whilst this has served us well in developing the overall project plan, a new structure is needed going forward.

We applied to register The Oakham Canal Green Corridor Project as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) and were pleased to hear in October 2020 that our application has been successful.  This body is registered with the Charity Commission and is run by a Board of Trustees.  This gives us the mechanism to raise funds, seek grants, obtain insurance and enter into formal agreements with both landowners and contractors.