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Discovering Britain - Cotswolds Canal Walk
The Royal Geographical Society has just launched a new walk along the Cotswold Canals from Stroud to Stonehouse as part of its “Discovering Britain” series. The walk has been created in collaboration with the Cotswold Canals Trust, the Stroudwater Textile Trust and Stroud District Council. It tells the story of how the industries of the Stroud Valley developed, the coming of the canal, its heyday and decline, and how its restoration is bringing about regeneration.
The walk is self-guided and presented in both audio format and written format; both can be downloaded for free from the Discovering Britain website:
Colour versions of the walk booklet are for sale at the Canal Visitor Centres and in Stroud Tourist Information Centre. We hope that the walk will be of interest to both locals and visitors.
Cheapside neighbourhood spatial framework
At a recent meeting of the Trust we discussed the future of the old stone warehouse down by the canal below Cheapside, Stroud. The Trust is concerned about its future, and is keen to co-operate with whoever develops the Cheapside site, to the east of Hill Paul. This led to a general discussion about the urgency of a clear spatial framework for the whole area between the town centre and the soon-to-be-renovated canal. The potential is huge. Canal boat people will need a chandlery and refreshment; townspeople will want to see the boats, the water and the working lock; the south-facing canal side offers marvellous opportunity for attractive, convivial space; and more generally the links between retail centre, station, goods shed, car parks and canal could be radically improved with real benefit to the image and attractiveness of the town.
The outcome was a meeting between Hugh Barton, of the Trust, and the Consultations Committee of Stroud Town Council, facilitated by Steve Hurrell, who is a member of both the Trust and the Council. The Consultations Committee decided to ask Hugh and urban design colleagues to prepare a 'development scoping report' for the whole area. This report would pull together the information available, and all the ideas which different people and organisations have come up with. It would set out critical opportunities, risks and recommendations.
The design group, working pro bono, has started gathering material and talking to the movers and shakers in Stroud - though the real movers, the land owners and potential developers, are not so easy.
If anyone has useful information of ideas, please contact Hugh Barton on 01453 753762.
UK Association Of Preservation Trusts film at Brunel Goods Shed
On June 6th SPT trustees and SVA artists were filmed at the Brunel Goods Shed by the UK Association for Preservation Trusts (UKAPT).
UKAPT are making 20 films across the country about the work of preservation trusts, how they manage to carry on over the years working with difficult but rewarding buildings at risk, how they raise funds and how the buildings are used when restored.
Anne Mackintosh talked about the long road SPT has had with the Goods Shed and the finances needed to make it no longer a building at risk.
Neil Walker from Stroud Valleys Artspace (SVA) talked about the SITE festival and how the venue of the Goods Shed has really changed the quality of SVA’s work and festivals and Corinne Hockley talked to camera about exhibiting her Russian Winter exhibition there, snow indoors and out!
Look out for the films (some time in October) on the UKAPT website.
Free Walks for Schools
Hill Paul & The Brunel Goods Shed Walk
A short walk (from one side of the railway station over the bridge to the other!) to tell how these two iconic buildings were saved for Stroud.
Meet those involved and see how they are used today.
Tuesday 25th June 7.00pm
Meet outside Hill Paul opposite the Station
£2 donation per person.
Maximum 30 people
To book please phone the Museum in the Park on 01453 763394
For more information contact Camilla Hale on 07936 505251 or e-mail email@example.com
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