Our next monthly walk is next Saturday July 2nd starting at Fourteen Locks Centre at 10 am.
Why not join us for a leisurely 5.5 mile walk through fields, woodlands and canal towpaths to Caerleon from where we return by service bus via Newport back to the Fourteen Locks Centre for well earned cup of tea in our café.
Final preparations have been in progress this week at Ty Coch Locks, including fitting of gates to Tredegar Lock and testing the paddle gear on Lower Blake Lock. The trust is welcoming members of Torfaen County Borough Council, Canal and River Trust and other local organisations along with local and national press to see the first boat to pass through since 1927.
We require help with manning a stall at this year’s Pontypool Summer Festival on Saturday July 9th. We are particularly looking for help with selling our duck race tickets and promoting membership of the trust, if you are able to help for a couple of hours on the day please let me know by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This years team challenge takes place on Saturday September 10th – Are you up to the challenge!
Teams of 4 (and a team manager) are invited to complete the challenge in under 12 hours which includes 6 miles canoeing, 18 miles cycling and 11 miles running/walking/hiking.
More information at http://www.mbact.org.uk/canalathon.php
To whet your appetite why not visit the dedicated facebook page https://www.facebook.com/canalathon
Tickets at £1 each are now on sale at Fourteen Locks Centre for the annual duck race on Monday 29th August 2016.
1st Prize is a weeks self catering holiday for 4 people in Torbay
2nd Prize is an afternoon self drive hire boat for 8 people from Dragonfly Dayboats at Brecon
3rd Prize is Sunday lunch for 2 people at The White Swan, Llanfrynach
Plus loads of other prizes.
MBACT’S planning for the year is well under way and more details will be forth coming in the months ahead, however here are a few dates for your diary.
Saturday 12th March (this Saturday), The I.W.A. Wales, will be holding it’s AGM at The Fourteen Locks Centre starting at 11.00am. Food and Drink will be available afterwards in the Cafe’ and The Edith-Elizabeth trip boat will be operating on the pond.
Tuesday 22nd March MBACT committee meeting at The Fourteen Locks Centre for those involved, at 5.00pm.
Wednesday 23rd Meeting of the Canal-a-thon organizing team takes place at The Red Lion, Llangynidr, also at 5.00pm. Open to anyone who would like to help.
May (2 days) We hope to repeat our Education Days at Goytre Wharf. (Details still being formulated)
This year MBACT will be promoting membership and The Duck Race at three events in Torfaen during June.
Saturday 11th June “Cwmbran big Event”
Saturday 26th June “Blaenavon world Heritage Day”
Saturday 9th July “Pontypool Summer Festival”
On all three of these days we hope to have a Team on site selling Duck Race Tickets, and with a photo display of Restoration and Events, promote membership.
Saturday 23rd July Open Day at Fourteen locks Canal Centre where the Edith -Elizabeth trip boat will be operating, plus entertainment and stalls.
Monday 31st August The annual Duck Race will be held on the Canal outside The Coach & Horses, Llangynidr. Tickets will be available from after Easter until the day before when there will be a final push at The Llangynidr Show, Sunday 30th August. Thanks must go to Oakdale Printers for supplying these at no cost to MBACT.
Saturday 10th September. This is the big day for the Canal-a-thon, starting from Pontymoile at 8am and the Boat Gathering at Brecon Basin, all day. Entry details on our web site and follow the link.
Saturday 30th September– Sunday 1st October. There will be a 2 day event at the Ty-Coch Waterworks site with the Edith-Elizabeth trip boat operating up and down the newly restored locks. More details at a later date.
December. MBACT A.G.M. the AGM will be held in the Winter in future as the committee feel the Summer is already too busy. Date yet to be decided.
In other news, there has been no more from C.R.T. on the future arrangements at Goytre Wharf, even though MBACT have been invited to participate. Good news is the Cafe is worth a visit.
The culprits for last years break in at Ty-Coch restoration site have been apprehended and sentenced.
We would like to thank Hemple Paints and also Rontec (Esso Garage) for their kind donations in recognition for what MBACT is doing within the community.
Further dates for the Trip Boat will be advised once they have been finalised.
Thanks to all those who have renewed their membership, welcome to all the new members, and to all those who would like to join please see our web page www.mbact.org.uk for details.
Thanks also to those who support us just by being friends.
Greetings and a Happy New Year to all.
This will be the first e magazine that last years new members will have received, if anyone does not want to receive it, please reply.
Chairman Roger Francis’ report, at the last meeting, dwelt on restoration and funding. HLF have given MBACT a time extension to complete the last two locks at Ty-Coch, delayed due to the weather. However, it is a worrying fact that none of the partnership councils have a budget for maintenance of the completed structures in the future. Further more, Torfaen C.B.C. have set out plans to spend money on Pontymoile Basin,( a C.R.T. owned stretch of canal), whereas, MBACT would prefer to see the money spent further down the canal where there is certainly no chance of C.R.T. investing in a reciprocative manner. MBACT will be sending their objection to Torfaen.
Looking further ahead, plans are afoot to make a model of the structure required to navigate over the road near B & Q. This will incorporate a lift mechanism in the shape of two Forge Hammers which will hopefully create a Tourist Attraction as well as a practical solution.
The Modular Lock Gate programme will be launched with a day event at the restoration site on 11th May 2016 and will be devoted to Dignitaries and Media coverage.
The Ty-Coch site will be officially opened on 30th September and 1st October and will be opened to the public. Both days will see the trip boat,” Edith- Elizabeth”, taking passengers through the locks. Due to heavy rain, those on site recently had a preview of what the basin and locks look like when full of water!
Five Locks Basin, Pontnewydd. Torfaen have expressed an interest in having “The Lord Raglan” moored at Five locks as a floating classroom and Trip boat, so MBACT is looking at the possibility of building a Boat House on the basin there. In the same area, The Cross Keys Pub has been sold and the new owners want to change it into a private dwelling, this is being objected to by Torfaen, the Glenside/Pontnewydd residents and MBACT, as a public facility and space will be lost.
Plans are also afoot to start restoring Locks 3,4 and 5 at Pontnewydd once the Stone Masons have finished at Ty-Coch in September, subject to sufficient funding.
Canalathon and Boat Rally. This years Canalathon is planned for Saturday 10th September and boat owners are invited to come up to Brecon Basin to welcome the finishing teams and join in the general festivities. As usual there will music with live bands and food available to all. Entries for the Canalathon can be downloaded from canalathon.mbact.org.uk from the beginning of February.
Pentre Lane. Purchase of the land required for the position of a new bridge is on going.
The Manor Road Feeder. Constructive talks between Caerphilly C.B.C. and Welsh Water, with MBACT observing, have taken place with an aim to repair the Penstocks at Manor Road, thus enabling the underground feeder to be directed back into the Canal. Not only will this help to maintain water levels in time of drought (!!!!), but hopefully help MBACT to operate the Trip Boat “Edith-Elizabeth” at Fourteen Locks. Further dredging is also required this year to enable the “Islwyn Lilly” to operate from “Whysom’s Wharf”.
Fourteen Locks. Work continues to seal the area above Lock 20, at the top pound, to allow the trip boat access to Locks 17,18.19 &20, for schools and the public to experience the use of a flight of locks.
Volunteers have always run MBACT and in recent years have been responsible for restoration at Ty-Coch and the running of the shop in Newport. Volunteers are now taking a major hand in running Fourteen Locks and operating the Trip Boat but with a greater demand made on them, more are needed. If you would like to help operate the trip boat, man a display table or sell Duck Race tickets at an event, please contact any member, Fourteen Locks or me, we would love to have you along!
See you on the Cut,
This is the LAST CALL for the return of all DUCK RACE TICKETS. Please send all you have, sold or unsold, to Fourteen Locks Canal Centre, Cwm Lane, Rogerstone, Newport, NP10 9GN. OR, bring them to the Llangynidr Show on Sunday
If you have not already bought a ticket they will be available at the LLANGYNIDR SHOW on Sunday or contact me up to Saturday. Prizes are as follows.
1st. A Weeks Self Catering Holiday for up to 4 people at Torbay.
2nd. A Day Boat Afternoon for 3 hours for up to 8 people. Donated by Dragonfly Day Boats Brecon.
3rd. A 2 Course Sunday Lunch for 2 at The White Swan, Llanfrynach.
4th. A Meal for 2 plus a bottle of Wine at the Coach and Horses, Llangynidr. Donated by Mr Parris.
5th. Sunday Lunch for 2 at The Red Lion, Llangynidr.
6th. A bottle of Pendeyrn Whisky. Donated by Wyn Mitchell.
Plus many smaller prizes, including one which allows you to “Paint a Duck” (?)
It all goes off at about 2pm on Monday 31st August at about 2 pm.
Anyone who would like to help sell Tickets at the LLANGYNIDR SHOW on Sunday will be most welcome, I will be there from 9am.
This is also a call for anyone who would like to help with the Canal-a-Thon on Sunday, September 6th, anywhere between Pontymoile and Brecon, please give me a call.
See you on the Cut.