Greetings and a Happy New Year.
We are now in the Bicentennial Year which kicks of with a dinner at the Angel Hotel, Abergavenny on 4th Feb, this is where the original announcement of the linking of the two canals was made to the members of the Canal Company, 200 years ago, virtually to the day. The Committee organising the bicentennial celebrations has invited the “movers and shakers” of the canal scene, to the event, in a bid to revitalise desire and effort to see the Canal restored to Newport and Cwmcarn. Tickets are now available to our members and those of the Partnership up to a maximum of 120, at £35.00 each, a portion of which will go to the MBACT’s restoration fund. Tickets can be obtained from Karen Morphet by phoning 01452 318008 or e-mail, Karen.Morphet@britishwaterways.co.uk cheques to be made out to MBACT but sent to Karen Morphet, or Phil Hughes at Fourteen Locks, Cwm Lane, Rogerstone,Newport, NP10 9GN.
Don’t forget that the “Ringing of Bells” kicks off from Pontymoile Basin at 12 noon on Friday 10th of Feb and continues up to Brecon and down to Newport until 6pm that evening.
On the restoration front, bottom gates at Drapers Lock have been hung and the concrete coffer dam is being removed in preparation of hanging the top gate which has been made on site. Torfaen C.C. is awaiting the results of an application for funding to continue with the rest of the Ty-Coch Flight.
The Community Boat has had some side plating welded and is now having the new window aperture’s cut out.
The repairs to Fourteen Locks Centre are currently waiting for the Newport Tendering process to be completed, Phil is hoping for completion by 1st week in March.
The Canal Info. Centre/Shop at 33 Upper Dock Street has covered its overheads for the first month and is looking good for the future. County Industrial Supplies of Cwmbran are giving us stock to sell on commission and are also sponsoring a sign for the outside. We hope to have a video of canal trips visible in the window to attract passers by.
Many thanks to those who are helping to run it and improve it.
Thanks to all those who helped with Santas Grotto this year particularly under such restricted circumstances.
Finally, best wishes to Ursula who should be in hospital in Abergavenny having her knees up rated about now.
Minutes will follow at a latter date.