Subject: Friends of Regent's Canal - events in April and May
Dear Friends,

Here are some dates for your diaries.

Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th April, 10am-12.30pm and 1.30-4pm. Volunteering events at Little Venice, to prepare the area for the canal festival. Meet at the bridge on Warwick Avenue. (W2 6NE)

Saturday 3rd May to Monday 5th May. Three-day canal festival at Little Venice. This annual event attracts hundreds of boats and thousands of visitors.

Wednesday 28th May, 7pm. Next public meeting of the Friends of Regent's Canal. (Subject to room availability). One of the main discussion topics will be air quality.

Here is some further information about these events.

Please be aware that there will be local elections on 22nd May so you will have opportunities to quiz your future councillors over the next few weeks. If you meet any candidates in the street, on your doorstep or at hustings meetings then please ask them how they or their political party intend to support the canal and its surroundings. They will have a say in planning applications that affect boat movements, open spaces and public access and they can influence budgets for maintaining walking environments in the interests of transport and wellbeing. I am very interested in hearing about any responses they give.

After the Easter break I hope that we can arrange a series of informal meetings in cafes and other places along the canal, to make use of some of the facilities that we have campaigned for. This will help us to form sub-groups with special interests, such as canalside architecture, litter control, mooring, boating. We will use our Twitter account to publicise these events.

Best wishes,

Ian Shacklock
Chair, Friends of Regent's Canal

11th April 2014

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