It is a great example of why rivers should be open to people...I salute the River Stour Trust for opening the locks...it is supposed to be a river that traffic travels on." The new lock at Stratford St Mary marks a major step in the River Stour Trust’s ambition to open up the Stour for use by the local community and the wider public, who come in their thousands to visit Constable Country every year. Unlike that other route into London from Luton, the M1, this little chalk stream is a magical, secret and enchanting place. He had good moments, Tonali injured his left leg in Milan's match against Torino. Supporters of the River Stour Trust, the charity which has overseen the ambitious restoration, congregated at the lock at Stratford St Mary on the Suffolk/Essex border to mark the occasion. Or the tidal wave of pigswill. BBC One has commissioned a new five-part series, River Journeys With Griff Rhys Jones, in which the actor and comedian sets out on a new adventure and explores how rivers … Join us as we explore the myriad of wildlife species that can be found along the Hogsmill River in the south of England. Apparently, paddlers frighten fish and upset anglers. And they do. 0. His trade had died, in the very place where they named a cathedral after the huge number that used to be caught there, Ely. From the raging torrents of Scotland to the reflective flatlands of East Anglia, Griff barges, canoes, swims and sails his way along a hidden network which has been the lifeblood of Britain. Elizabeth I allowed her adviser Lord Burghley to turn the Lea into a canal for his barges. As ever, you and/or your craft must be registered to navigate the river – click here for guidance. The former star of Not The Nine O’Clock News and Alas Smith And Jones lives in a sprawling country retreat next to the picturesque River Stour at Holbrook, just two miles from the proposed site. Little Welsh rivers such as the Llynfi have recently choked with dead fish. COMEDIAN and TV presenter Griff Rhys Jones visited Bures during June 2008, filming for his television new series. Lock Lintel RESTORING AND CONSERVING THE RIVER STOUR NAVIGATION. You may have noticed. One successful prosecution after 76,000 reported cases. We got about halfway across before we had to put a stop to my floundering. Rhys Jones may refer to: Rhys Jones (archaeologist) (1941–2001), Welsh-Australian archaeologist; Rhys Jones (rugby player) (born 1987), Welsh rugby union player; See Murder of Rhys Jones for 11-year-old murder victim, shot dead in Liverpool, 2007; Rhys Jones … Henry VIII built a massive gunpowder factory in the woods near Waltham Abbey. The riverway is so beautiful and unspoilt, especially with the wildlife and water-lilies and bullrushes, it is just terrific. But around ten per cent of them pump out every week. Between a third and half do so every month. Further round the M25, in Chesham alone, three abstraction points run by Affinity Water and Thames Water take out 12 million litres per day –that’s about 80,000 baths. I also went out with our last remaining professional eel-catcher. Movies & TV Hello, Sign in. On the final of his fascinating journeys through the rivers of Great Britain comedian and actor Griff Rhys Jones explores East Anglia, where he sees the extraordinary contrast between the man-made ditches of the Fens, the Swallows and Amazon country of the Broads and the picturesque windy river Stour which finally leads him home. The ‘navigable river’ so carefully recorded by John Constable, is also an open water main. This was one of the reasons that an historic battle was fought to close it to boats. It remained clean. Cruising the waterways, paddle sports, rowing and sailing are permitted – for all tiers subject to rules specified for each tier. Many of us have been venturing on to our waterways in this suffocating, staycation summer. 2/5 Griff Rhys Jones travels from Liverpool to the Humber along Britain's working waterways. Yet, despite all this furious usage, it survived and sang. There is another Great Stink today and it is coming from the inert, half-dead, rotten political bodies, quangos, authorities and institutions that fiercely protect their own rights to our water, while allowing it to become polluted, fetid and dead. 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It is a genuine pleasure and truly an honour to introduce this year’s University of Essex Honourary Graduand. “When Constable painted this river he called it a ‘Scene from a navigable river’ and his father was also involved in keeping it navigable. Griff Rhys Jones (born 16 November 1953) is a Welsh comedian, writer, actor and television presenter.He starred in a number of television series with his comedy partner Mel Smith.. Rhys Jones came to national attention in the early 1980s for his work in the BBC television comedy sketch shows Not the Nine O'Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones alongside Mel Smith. The latest episode of Griff Rhys Jones’ BBC series Rivers visited the Fens, the Norfolk Broads and the River Stour last night – and delivered him to his own front door, which overlooks the Stour Estuary. It’s been hot. What is going on? Then came the flushing loo. Issue No 161 Winter 2013/14 . He said: “All the work has been done by volunteers. A flotilla of boats, canoes and kayaks mark the official opening of Straford St Mary lock by passing through. These Victorian works were so successful that 160 years later we are still utterly reliant on them. Go on. Rivers with Griff Rhys Jones is a British documentary television series broadcast on BBC One in 2009. Post Aug 20, 2008 #1 2008-08-20T14:47. That is chicken waste compared with the chicken waste. It was created by Rhys Jones own production company Modern Television. Eels have gone. Prime. It became the source of the barley that created the great London beers. Griff Rhys Jones explores East Anglia on his river journey, enjoying the contrast between the man-made ditches of the Fens and the picturesque windy river Stour which takes him home. The weeds are rotting. Massive pumping stations were constructed to offload the lot on to Southend. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community. There is another Great Stink today and it is coming from the inert, half-dead, rotten political bodies, quangos, authorities and institutions that fiercely protect their own rights to our water, while allowing it to become polluted, fetid and dead, writes GRIFF RHYS JONES. Rivers with Griff Rhys Jones. As a natural phenomenon, the Lea is unique. I have fallen in most of them. I have paddled up to Runcorn. Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. The River Stour forms the boundary between Suffolk & Essex. For the first time since October, Real Madrid did not score in La Liga, drawing with Osasuna, Julian Nagelsmann: Leipzig would like to break away from Borussia by 9 points, but its victory is deserved, Mikel Arteta: Arsenal want to win more games. Picture: ROSS BENTLEY - Credit: Archant, “Sadly, 95% of rivers are actually closed to navigation and boats - to me, I find this sad.”. Picture: ROSS BENTLEY I thought we were a good, aware, hip, green generation. Griff Rhys-Jones, along with his faithful companion, a chocolate labrador aptly named "Cadbury",give us a fascinating insight into British rivers and tells the story of how they were named,and why rivers were important for commerce as well as leisure time. This is not just because you might dive head first on to an old car, or be attacked by unloved alligators washed into the system from private terrariums, but simply because the rivers are full of… yes what is that floating past there? The Tier System & River Stour. None at all. John Constable Lighter Stour barges, or lighters, featured in many of Constable’s most famous paintings depicting the working river and our restored lighter has been named in his honour. Rhys Jones says, "I am a strong supporter of the River Stour Trust and everything to do with it. Posted by capicoro. And it’s all getting murkier and murkier as the tide of noxious waste floods in, and the tide of proper supervision ebbs away. I have kayaked the Wye. BBC One London, 23 August 2009 21.00. Picture: ROSS BENTLEY, Mark Harling of Enovert cuts the ribbon on the new lock gates at Stratford St Mary. Not enough monitoring. The Stratford lock has been renamed the Roger Brown Lock to honour the trust member who led the 12-year restoration project. 5/5. Many of us have been venturing on to our waterways in this suffocating, staycation summer. We need to reclaim these underused rivers and streams, the secret routes into the fields and back gardens of Britain, in order to monitor what is going on. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Yet things are getting worse and worse, while the water companies trumpet that we have never had it so good. We have a growing emergency. Roger Brown, River Stour Trust volunteer who led the 12-year project to restore the lock at Stratford St Mary. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. But one of the most polluted rivers of all in Britain is still the poor old Mersey. The weeds and slime take out the oxygen. Not enough control of their own sewage farms’ loose bowels. That’s catching the fish with nothing but a net in the shallows. You will effectively be cooling off in a network of great British open sewers. Scenes like this one - of the River Itchen in Winchester, Hampshire - are idyllic, but so often Britain's waterways are full of raw sewage and chemical fertiliser that chokes the life from them. Now? Downstream came the fresh drinking water. AbeBooks.com: Rivers:One Man And His Dog Paddle Into The Heart Of Britain (9780340918647) by Jones, Griff Rhys and a great selection of similar New, Used … Mr Jones then invited Mark Harling, the regional manager of waste management company Enovert, to cut the ribbon on the lock gates. It was made a navigable river by law and should remain so. Griff Rhys Jones, media personality and vice-president of the River Stour Trust, inaugurated passenger services on the restored Stour lighter, John Constable, at Sudbury on Sunday, 12th May. Mr Brown was on hand to see the first small flotilla of boats, canoes and kayaks go through. We intend to compete for the FA Cup, Mikel Arteta: Willian adds. Griff Rhys Jones out on the River Stour just before it enters the estuary at Grantham. Speaking to the crowd, Mr Jones said: “I feel strongly that the trust is doing so much good work and a vital element of this is that it is keeping the river navigable. The midfielder was carried off on a stretcher, Antonio Conte: Matches like the one against Roma allow us to assess Inter's ambitions based on facts, not words, Real Madrid for the first time in the season never shot on target in the first half, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-8631813/GRIFF-RHYS-JONES-thought-green-generation-killing-rivers.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490. Into the river went the detritus, and the flow carried it all away. And these are the most important arteries of the body that is the United Kingdom. Huge proper effluent pipes ran under it. Aside from comedy, Griff’s career has seen him presenting, acting and writing. I am very afraid that it is not just human faeces. scassi . I love all our waterways. But sewage, fertiliser and chemicals kill those fish dead. But the mess had to ‘flow’ somewhere – and in London that meant the Thames. The water board were so proud of the way that the Industrial North and the petrochemical industry had sunk to its knees that its staff regularly plunged in at Birkenhead and emerged, dripping and wholesome in front of the Liver Building. Fifteen years ago, I was invited to swim across it. Skip to main content.com.au. - Credit: Archant. Rivers have dried up. Account & Lists Account Returns & Orders. My own trip down the tiny river Lea was a revelatory experience. River Stour Trust vice-president Griff Rhys Jones. In this five-part series Griff, joined by his dog Cadbury, explores some of Britain's most well known rivers. Not enough testing. I even went ‘lave fishing’ with one the very few remaining operators in the Severn. Where are Suffolk's top 10 Covid-19 hotspots? Rivers was the top programme in its slot in terms of viewing figures reaching 4.7 million viewers. Fresh water from the Fens goes in near Clare, is pumped out again just north of Colchester and gushes out of the taps in Dagenham. Member. The battle reached the House of Lords who agreed that it had always been a navigable river. Not enough prosecution of tippers and polluters. Oration for Honorary Graduand Griff Rhys Jones . Picture: ROSS BENTLEY, A flotilla of boats, canoes and kayaks mark the official opening of Straford St Mary lock by passing through. The riverway is so beautiful and unspoilt, especially with the wildlife and water-lilies and bullrushes, it is just terrific. About the River Stour Trust. Griff Rhys Jones out on the River Stour just before it enters the estuary at Grantham. Passenger services were officially launched by River Stour Trust Vice President, Griff Rhys Jones, in May 2013. Yet these same companies are busy emptying their sewage tanks into the river to pay their executives huge salaries and splash their shareholders with dividends. Credit: John Worrall/Alamy Live News Sudbury, UK. Many of us have been venturing on to our waterways in this suffocating, staycation summer. So long as nobody stops them, hard-pressed farmers with massive, intensively farmed flocks relieving themselves all over the shop, will quietly wash the slop into the nearest river. Chancellor, Senate has resolved that the Degree of Doctor of the University be conferred upon Griff Rhys Jones. Actor and comedian Griff Rhys Jones continues his delightful journey through the river network of Great Britain, this time travelling from Liverpool to the Humber across Britain's working rivers. After a varied gap year including a job looking after a plethora of Canadian schoolgirls on the P&O ship Uganda he took up his place at Cambridge. I have surfed the Severn Bore. Mines are permitted to wash a bit of their waste in as well. It has dried up along great stretches of its length and the descendants of the very fish that Walton chased have suffocated through lack of water. So how, in this modern age, at a time when we should know better, when we are rich and have rockets blasting off to Mars every second week, and no longer manufacture poisonous chemical rubbish in London, how can we be wrecking this river? The actor and comedian Griff Rhys Jones has criticised plans to build a £20 million solar farm in the countryside near his home as "cack-handed and opportunistic". A great living cultural marvel is dying because somebody loves our water so much, they are using too much of it. If you are unsure how best to edit this programme please take a moment to read it. What bliss. And those bright gorgeous green fields on the slopes above? The number of water quality tests taken by the Environment Agency for all pollutants fell to 1.3 million in 2018 from nearly five million in 2000. Griff Rhys Jones was born in 1953 in Cardiff. “When we started looking at the project, the channel was filled with mud and rocks, the locks gates were decayed and there was four feet of mud in the lock itself that had to be dug out. They point to bewildered whales flopping about off Gravesend because, see, the Thames is so wonderfully clean and free of industrial content. Passing through the restored lock at Stratford St Mary. Griff Rhys Jones found his way into the country’s hearts and funny bones with Mel Smith, appearing in films together, on stage together, and in their hit show Smith & Jones on television together for nearly twenty years. It is surely time for some more Parliamentary head-scratching. From the raging torrents of Scotland to the working waterways of northern England; from the mystical West to the urban South East, Griff has paddled, sailed, barged and sometimes swum his way along this often hidden network which was once the lifeblood of the country. 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