A walk along the River Gipping in 1968, from E-Mail! (Approx 42 mins!)
"I've had that first part converted to DVD, spliced the two parts together and published it on River Gipping Trust web site. You can see the result here."
"As it says on the web site, I've tried to enhance the original footage by removing camera shake and improving the colour. I've also put headings at various points to indicate the locations."
The River Gipping Trust is preserving the historic heritage of the Ipswich and Stowmarket Navigation by restoring the structures that enabled navigation of the River Gipping from the docks in Ipswich to Stowmarket and caring for the flora and fauna of The Gipping Valley
The Trust is now a completely independent organisation, although it does have strong links with the local branch of the Inland Waterways Association. They also hope to forge links with all the other groups that have an interest in the well being of the Gipping Valley.
The directors and trustees of the Trust are busy creating a Vision Statement which they hope to launch at a public meeting to be held later on this year. They will be looking to get as many people as possible at the meeting.
Working Parties are held at Baylham Lock from 0900 to 1700 every Wednesday, and the first Saturday in the month, (unless the Saturday is in a Bank Holiday weekend, the Work Party then will be on the Second Saturday.)
Two pictures of the River Gipping Trust's regular Wednesday work Party at Baylham Lock ,
near Needham Market.
Taken on Wed 2 sept, 2009.
They have been doing the Sudbury to Manningtree 'Length of the river' cruise on the Stour most years since the early 1990's. When they started there were only a handful of craft, last year it was nearly 200.
Suffolk County Council have done an excellent job in establishing the Gipping walk along the old tow path. This has opened up access to the river and overcome some major obstacles to water craft.
Details with beautiful photos of the 2008 trip can be found, and trip for the May bank holiday 2009. (No Photos!) Based on the 2008 trip, they have put together a down-loadable two page portage guide that others may be interested in (.pdf)