Given our changing climate, we need to explore if and how the Middle Level system could be operated more efficiently and effectively. We have produced a briefing to explain the background and context for a pumping operations trial that we recently commenced, with Storm Babet being the first test within this.

For 30 years Paul Grodkiewicz has been at the heart of our navigation service in his role as lock-keeper at Salters Lode. Paul has recently confirmed his intention to retire at the end of February 2024 and our plan is that Paul’s wife, Karen Hills, takes on the role.

I’m sure our boating community will join me in wishing Paul well in retirement and are very grateful, like we are, for his loyal and expert service. Many of you will already know Karen and I’m sure will support her as she takes on the role.

In response to the recent feedback, we are looking to fast-track the introduction of a text messaging
service for the navigation community through the use of a government platform.
We are likely to only be able, at least initially, to manage the service during working hours with
anything outside of this being on a reasonable endeavours basis.
We intend to use the service for:
• Navigation closure information
• Water level management information
• Emergency and/or urgent messages
If you wish to sign-up for this service, please email with the email title as
NAVIGATION TEXT SERVICE and include your name and mobile number within the email.
We will look to start to use the service as soon as practical.

Paul Burrows
Chief Executive
30 October 2023

Cambridgeshire County Council like to invite local community representatives to their Flood Action Conference which will take place on Thursday 21st September 2023 at Burgess Hall in St Ives from 10:15 to 16:30. The conference has been organised by the Community Flood Action Programme team (part of the Flood Risk team) and is open to any residents and community groups with an interest in learning more about flood resilience or establishing their own flood group. This conference follows on from a successful launch last year and will include talks and workshops by Cambridgeshire County Council, the Environment Agency, Anglian Water, Internal Drainage Boards and industry leading experts. We will also have the ‘Floodmobile’ at the event which is a vehicle demonstrating over 50 examples of flood resilience measures that householders and businesses can install. Tickets can be booked here Flood Action Conference 2023 Tickets, Thu 21 Sep 2023 at 10:15 | Eventbrite

Fascinating Fens are excited to announce the “Celebrate The Fens” Day, will be returning on 17th June 2023 (for the whole weekend 16th-18th).

There will be a mixture of actual and virtual events taking place, how will you get involved and celebrate?

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The sanitation point at March Town Bridge, Old River Nene, is open. Currently, the information on Fenland District Council’s website is out of date.

Pump-out tickets can be bought from George Campbell Leisure Centre, for £20.

Calors new position on small cylinder filling

Are you thinking of navigating to St George’s Fayre in March on Sunday 23rd April? If so, our mooring will be available to use with just a 25 min stroll into town

The extensive refurbishment of the downstream lock entrance moorings is now complete and open to the public. Normal operating procedures apply.