Tewkesbury Lock makeover holds key to an ANT new tradition

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ANOTHER FIRST FOR ANT'S TRAIL-BLAZING LADY LOCK KEEPER

AVON Navigation Trust’s trailblazing lady lock keeper enjoyed another first when the charity’s engineering team beat the floods to complete its biggest project in years bang on time.

The Wyre Piddle-based Trust (ANT) celebrated the end of the major infrastructure project by launching a new tradition in the form of a ceremonial lock key painted in its blue and yellow colours.

The handover of the key to Tewkesbury’s Avon Lock lady Nic Lancaster signalled it was now back in her keeping after the mammoth three month makeover at the major Avon gateway.

Now each lock will have its own dedicated key and post work handover ceremony when appropriate.

“It’s good to start a new ANT tradition and this was a very apt project to kick it off because there was a lot to celebrate,” says Chief Executive Clive Matthews.

“The team pulled off a minor miracle by making sure the lock reopening was right on schedule despite the site being wiped out by a pre Christmas flood, which set other non ANT river projects months adrift.” 

Clive and his team had already leapt to river users’ rescue twice, first when they swiftly switched the failing hydraulic paddle to manual to avoid having to close the busiest lock on the river in high season.

Then planned emergency repairs in early 2016 were thwarted by a series of floods. But the team repaired the hydraulics for the season ready for the major repairs after the lock dewatering, which is usually only done once every 25 years. 

Work included replacing all the paddles, the full refurbishment of all hydraulics, repairing the lock chamber, repairing and sprucing up all the concrete walkways plus refurbishing and painting all the gates.

Nic, who became ANT’s first full time lady lock keeper in 2015, knew exactly how hard the team worked to hand it back in shipshape form for the first boaters’ through, because she had a bird’s eye view.

The Tewkesbury-born lady, who came home after getting a degree in Coastal Zone Management, lives with stained glass artist husband Pete in the lock keeper’s cottage on site.

“The ANT people are the best and all the people who come through here are lovely and happy because they’re on their boats,” beams Nic.

“I’ve landed the job from heaven and I laugh and smile my way through the day.”

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Avon Lock keeper Nic Lancaster receives the ceremonial key, now hanging proudly in her hut, from ANT Chief Executive Clive Matthews, watched by the engineering team.

Evesham's Areca Design Appy to help Drunken Monkey's cause

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A MIDLANDS rock festival, which will celebrate a heavy metal icon’s mega comeback, is planning to make sure fans are even Appier.

The creative and rock-loving team at Areca Design is gifting a Drunken Monkey Augmented Reality (AR) Mobile App to bring publicity material to life for the festival, which raises money for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

“The charity is a wonderful, life-saving service that deserves all the support we can give it,” says Mick Hurst, Managing Director of Areca Design, which is based in Evesham, Worcestershire.

“It’s a charity that’s particularly close to my heart, as an avid motorbike man. 

“We’re also pleased to support such a popular festival. We’re all music loving rockers here at Areca.”

The August 4-6 Drunken Monkey Rock Festival was launched four years ago in Worcestershire’s Upton-upon-Severn in memory of local man Ian Dowton, who died after a car accident. 

So far it has raised more than £11,000 for the life-saving Midlands Air Ambulance Charity and this summer’s three day event will be bigger and better than ever.

“We’re really excited about this year’s Festival. There will be some awesome performances and we are more than looking forward to rock legends Steve Grimmett’s comeback,” says Steve Coyne, Chairman of the festival committee of volunteers.

Cult band Grim Reaper’s frontman Steve will get a resounding reception when he bursts on to the main stage in one of his first performances since losing part of his leg on a life-changing South American tour earlier this year.

Singer Steve, who lives in Swindon with wife Millie, is currently learning to walk on his new prosthetic leg.

He had five operations and three amputations in an Ecuador hospital after picking up an infection during the Walking in the Shadows album tour earlier this year.

Steve has been stunned by fans’ support and fund-raising to help cover the $25k Ecuador hospital bill and ongoing recuperation.

“It has been phenomenal and very humbling,” says Steve. 

“I will reward everyone by getting back on stage... and walking round like I had two legs!”

Areca Design put its home town of Evesham on the world map in 2012 with a trail-blazing Historic Tourist Trail App.

The town became the first to offer tourists a unique experience with the App that brings to life mediaeval monk Brother Oswald on smartphones and tablets.

The team offers end-to-end digital and traditional marketing solutions, including those headline grabbing apps, which they have developed for a wide range of customers over the last five years.

The free to download Drunken Monkey App will trigger poster videos of Grim Reaper, Guns2Roses and hot-tipped Worcestershire up and coming band Population:7.

Mini rockers big on attitude for Drunken Monkey Festival

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EVESHAM 11 YEAR-OLD ROCKERS MAKE THEIR FESTIVAL DEBUT

A GROUND-shaking rock festival, which celebrates a headline-making comeback for a heavy metal icon, is also bigging up Evesham talent.

Music-loving Areca Design has produced a special Augmented Reality (AR) Mobile App to bring publicity to life for the Upton-on-Severn August 4-6 Drunken Monkey Rock Festival.

The free to download app will trigger poster videos of cult band Grim Reaper, Guns2Roses and hot-tipped Worcestershire up and comers Population:7, whose singer Rachael Medhurst lives in Badsey.

Meanwhile mini rockers PiggyDooDar - Wyre Piddle best pals Dagan Alford-Longley and Max Jenkins and his Evesham cousin Thea - are making their big festival debut, aged just 11.

“We’re really excited about this year’s festival. There will be some awesome performances and we are showcasing loads of talent as well as raising cash for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity,” says Steve Coyne, Chairman of the festival committee of volunteers.

The Drunken Monkey Rock Festival was launched four years ago, in memory of local man Ian Dowton, who died after a car accident. It has raised £11,000 so far for the life-saving Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

The Festival has grown into a renowned three day wonder, which this year features a stonking line-up including Soul Stripper, Guns 2 Roses, Troyen, and Grim Reaper, whose singer Steve Grimmett is bound to get a mega reception.

The frontman for the band, which sprang from nearby Droitwich and stormed the 100-strong Battle of the Bands in the eighties, is currently learning to walk on a prosthetic leg after three amputations following a foot infection picked up during the Walking in the Shadows album tour earlier this year.

“I’m really looking forward to this Festival,” says Steve who has been stunned by fans’ support and fund-raising to help cover the $25k Ecuador hospital bill and ongoing recuperation. 

“I will reward everyone by getting back on stage... and walking round like I had two legs!”

In the audience will be Mick Hurst and most of his Areca Design team, who are based in offices next to Evesham’s historic Almonry.

Mick offered the Drunken Monkey AR Mobile App free of charge, as his contribution to the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

“The charity is a wonderful, life-saving service that deserves all the support we can give it. It’s a charity that’s particularly close to my heart, as an avid motorbike man,” he says.

“We’re also pleased to support such a popular festival. We’re all music loving rockers here.”

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Emerging talent doesn’t get much younger than Worcestershire mini rockers PiggyDooDar, all aged 11.


Leg loss doesn't stop Drunken Monkey Festival headliner rocking on

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A ROCKING WELCOME FOR GRIM REAPER'S STEVE
GRIMMETT AT GROUND-SHAKING FESTIVAL

A MIDLANDS rock festival will celebrate a heavy metal icon’s mega comeback after losing part of his leg on a life-changing South American tour.

Cult band Grim Reaper’s frontman Steve Grimmett will get a resounding reception on the main stage at the August 4-6 Drunken Monkey Rock Festival in Worcestershire.

The Upton-on-Severn blast is also making the news with a trailblazing Augmented Reality (AR) Mobile App that will bring publicity posters to life.

The two stage event combines big names with up and coming bands - including the PiggyDooDar trio of 11 year-olds and South African Gage, who are coming over specially.

The Drunken Monkey Rock Festival was launched in Upton-upon-Severn four years ago, in memory of local man Ian Dowton, who died after a car accident. So far it has raised more than £11,000 for the life-saving Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

“We’re really excited about this year’s festival. There will be some awesome performances and we are more than looking forward to rock legends Steve Grimmett’s comeback,” says Steve Coyne, Chairman of the festival committee of volunteers.

The three day event includes Soul Stripper, Guns 2 Roses, Troyen, and of course Grim Reaper, which was born in Droitwich and stormed the 100-strong Battle of the Bands in the eighties.

Singer Steve Grimmett, who lives in Swindon with wife Millie, is currently learning to walk on his new prosthetic leg.

He had five operations and three amputations in an Ecuador hospital after picking up an infection during the Walking in the Shadows album tour earlier this year.

Steve, who is planning to write a book about his experience, has been stunned by fans’ support and fund-raising to help cover the $25k Ecuador hospital bill and ongoing recuperation.

“It has been phenomenal and very humbling,” says Steve. 

“I will reward everyone by getting back on stage... and walking round like I had two legs!”

The Drunken Monkey AR Mobile App is the brainchild of creative, rock loving Mick Hurst at Worcestershire-based Areca Design.

It will trigger videos of Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper, Population:7 and Guns2Roses on posters.

“The charity is a wonderful, life-saving service that deserves all the support we can give it. It’s a charity that’s particularly close to my heart, as an avid motorbike man, and we’re all music loving rockers at Areca,” says Mick.

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He’s back! The legendary Steve Grimmett and Grim Reaper.

Powerful partnership behind new ANT Pershore mooring

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ANGEL'S CHORUS OF CHEERS FOR NEW MOORING

THE official launch of a welcome new tourism and business-boosting mooring in Pershore marked a stream of successes.

Avon Navigation Trust's (ANT) five boat provision at The Angel Hotel is the latest winning partnership project to provide more facilities for boaters.

The event also celebrated the life of a long-standing volunteer, attracted a record attendance at ANT's annual Volunteers' dinner and toasted The Angel returning back to local ownership for the first time in nearly a century.

Wychavon Chairman Frances Smith cut the ribbon and she and Pershore Mayor Bob Gillmor christened the new mooring with a bottle of Pershore Brewery ale at a VIP event that was also blessed by glorious spring sunshine and the Maritime Volunteer Service, who provided a guard of honour.

ANT Chairman Jack Hegarty, Chief Executive Clive Matthews and Angel Founder and Chief Executive Darren Eden also welcomed honoured guest Jenny Rogers, whose late partner Ambrose Emerson is celebrated on a plaque overlooking the river and the Pershore lock he volunteered at for decades.

"Jenny also kindly supplied the wine at the wonderful Angel Volunteers' dinner where there was even more to celebrate when Darren announced that they had purchased the Angel's freehold, protecting its future in the town at the centre of the community," said ANT Chairman Jack, whose day job is heading up Wychavon and Malvern district councils.

"It was a great night and we're delighted with the new moorings," added Darren.

"The revival of Britain's waterways is extraordinary and we at The Angel are happy that we can play a small part in it. Boaters from far and wide are always welcome."

The Angel financed the materials and lease the land to ANT, which designed and built the mooring free of charge.

It's the latest partnership project, following on from a mooring at the Fleet Inn at Twyning in 2015.

"We are working on a new provision for this year. We are very happy to handle these projects in between our day to day work because it means more provision for our boaters," explains ANT Chief Executive Clive.

"Our challenge is that we don't own riverside land and so  we are continually working behind the scenes and on the look out for mooring provision opportunities with businesses and private individuals."

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PICTURES

1. Wychavon Chairman Frances Smith and Pershore Mayor Bob Gillmor officially opened the new ANT moorings at The Angel Hotel. Pictured from the left are Angel Founder and Chief Executive Darren Eden,  Mayor of Pershore Bob Gillmor, Chairman of Wychavon Frances Smith, ANT Chairman Jack Hegarty, Councillor John Smith, ANT Volunteer Chairman Paul Cronin, Jenny Rogers, ANT Chief Executive Clive Matthews and Margaret Cronin.

2. The plaque honours long-time ANT volunteer and "jazz musician and kind soul" Ambrose Emerson, from Herefordshire, who died in February at the age of 81.

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