The AGM took place on 30th June at The Coach and Horses, Llangynidr. With a fair attendance, a good lunch and some very interesting suggestions from Lord German on our future association with the new Canal and River Trust (the old, never to be mentioned again “BW”), the next year will be busier and more exiting than the last. The 200th Year is half way through, but with several events being cancelled due to the weather, there will be a lot more happening before December. For next years AGM we must look at a time that may be more convenient for the Hire Companies.
Tomorrow, Sunday 15th July, there will be a Male Voice Choir, our Trip Boat and a Beer Tent at Castle Narrowboats, Gilwern, from 2pm. We will also have a Membership and Sales Table at the Pontypool Awareness Day on 18th July in the leisure Centre, and at the Cwmdu Show on Saturday 21st July. On Sunday August 26th the annual Duck Race will take place outside The Coach and Horses and we will have a Stand at the Llangynidr Show the same day. September 8th sees an Open Day at Goytre and the following day, 9th September, will be a big day at Fourteen Locks Centre with the Trip Boat on the top pond.
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall made a brief visit to Brecon Basin on 10th July, where she was given a guided tour and presented with a brass Plaque commemorating the 200yrs and her visit. She showed particular interest in the HLF funded project with young work seekers at Ty-Coch.
The Ty-Coch Flight has been well and truly started with a 2 week visit by WRG (Waterways Recovery Group) and our own volunteers. Trdegar Lock, the bottom of the flight, has been cleared and much stonework stabilised and grouted, there is however, a long way to go. Newport C.C.are currently installing a coffer dam at Fourteen Locks to investigate a leak from the top pond into lock 24.
Karen wishes to devote more time to Fourteen Locks Centre so we need a secretary to look after Correspondence and the yearly AGM.
Retired Civil “engineer”.
Someone from the construction industry who can look at the plans for Five Locks, Pontnewydd, and come up with ideas for sequential or alternative construction methods.
To look at improving water supply to Fourteen Locks on the Crumlin Arm.
Volunteer Co coordinator.
To advertise for volunteers,follow up offers of help,to list available volunteers for restoration, events or shop,and to log hours for match funding.
Roger Francis, our Vice Chairman, approached Waitrose, Abergavenny about funding for the Community Boat restoration, we were allocated one of those bins where customers put their green tokens and the result was a cheque for £313 towards fitting out of the boat. Many thanks to Waitrose.
Mr Maggs has made a model of a lock and its surroundings for the shop window, it is a beautiful model with great detail and worth a visit to the shop if for nothing else.
The Reed Warbler. Copy deadline for the next edition is 31st August 2012.