If you have not seen what’s going on at the Ty-Coch site, do so on the next sunny day we have. I was there last Tuesday, hedges are being layed, brush cut back, the canal channel is full of water, Drapers Lock is finished and dozens of ducks and moorhens have taken up residence. Go along and give our volunteers a wave, you can access the tow path at Pentre Lane, Llantarnum, or Hollybush Way, Cwmbran. The site is about half a mile from either point.
A bridge at Pentre Lane is now the next objective, to link the Malpas section with the Ty-Coch flight, we are looking for a serious fund raiser for the job, or do YOU perhaps have a spare £800,000 laying about.
Meetings about water for the Crumlin Arm, and ultimately Fourteen Locks, have been taking place with Caerphilly and a source of water has been identified but it is lower than the level of the canal. It is possible it could be raised by a water wheel similar to that used at Lordings on the Wey and Arun Canal (see their web site). Anyone who has the ability to build a waterwheel would be very welcome on the team.
Our next event is at Fourteen Locks on Easter Sunday when the Trip Boat will be operating on the pond.
Finally, we desperately need the services of a Secretary, to attend the committee meeting once a month and produce the minutes, it is not a difficult job but requires the ability to turn two and a half hours waffle into 3 x A4’s of semi intelligent notes. And you could get a cup of tea and a biscuit. Please contact Phil at Fourteen Locks or me by e mail.
Thanks for all your replies and input.