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£3m lock works on Thames

PUBLISHED: 12:37 17 September 2013

The Environment Agency has announced a £3 million investment programme for the maintenance and replacement of locks on the River Thames.

The Environment Agency has announced a £3 million investment programme for the maintenance and replacement of locks on the River Thames. A number of locks will be closed between 4 November and 28 February.

The investment programme details and a map can be found at, please see www.environment-agency.gov.uk/thamesclosures. For the latest information you can also call the Floodline number on 0845 988 1188, select option 1 followed by quickdial number 011132.

You can also subscribe to receive the latest information by email. Visit

www.environment-agency.gov.uk/thamesupdates and enter your details to receive email updates.

Help out at Foxton

The Foxton Inclined Plane Trust is seeking volunteers to help run the Foxton Locks Festival in 2014.

They are particularly looking for people who have a good working knowledge of electrics, in particular those that are generator-run, to organise and run the power for the music stages and lighting etc.

People are also needed who can recruit and manage the entertainment side of the Festival including the music and other attractions.

Volunteers need to be well organised and prepared to attend monthly planning meetings and be available for the Festival weekend in June or July.

If you would like to be a part of this event and help raise the profile of Foxton Locks and the Inclined Plane, contact the trust by email on festival@fipt.org.uk or phone the museum on 0116 2792657.

Buckingham plans hold water

The Buckingham Canal Society held an open day on 15 September to show off the culmination of 21 years of work.

In 2013, the Buckingham end of the canal as it has been re-lined and it now holds water for the first time in nearly 100 years. Work continues at their four active restoration sites. Displays will be on site included maps of the area showing the historic canal, archive material and photos of restoration work being carried out.

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