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Chairman’s EMag – 14th July 2012

Greetings All,


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.

Situations Vacant.

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.

Retired “engineer”.
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.

The Shop.
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.

Chairman’s EMag – 12th May 2012

Greetings All,

Three big subjects tonight!

The News is out, we can now reveal that with our partners Torfaen C.B.C. we have won funding up to a total of £1.4million for a three year project to restore the 8 locks in the Ty-Coch Flight, Lower
Cwmbran. This is a project to bring young unemployed into the workforce and teach them life and work skills. Details will explained later, suffice to say it is a great boost for the area and our plans
to restore the remaining sections of the Canal.

Our new web page is up and running! Thanks to all those who have put so much work into it, it is still the same address www.mon-brec-canal-trust.org.uk there will be a few details to sort out as we progress so please let us have your comments.

Finally, on a sadder note, John Smith previously of Roadhouse boats, Gilwern, died recently. The funeral service will be held at Llangattock Church at 10.30am on Wednesday 23rd May and the cremation will be at Croesyceiliog at 12 noon. All are welcome but his daughter Lucy on 07796445651 would like to know numbers.

Thanks everyone for your continued support, we’re getting there!


Chairman’s EMag – 12th March 2012

Greetings All,

Welsh Waterways Festival, Pontymoile 28th April.

Details for this event are now available and augers well for a good days entertainment. To start with there will be Craft Stalls, Food Producers and Local produce including Cheese, Beer, Wine and Cider. For the children there will be Fair Ground Rides, Stalls, Bouncy Castle and Face Painting. Arena Events will include Wild Birds, Trained Dogs, Tug of War and Children’s Workshops. Evening entertainment will consist of a Hog Roast (by ticket only), Jacket Potatoes, Salads, a live Country Band and a discounted Bar. Also, food and drink will be available all day at the Narrowboat Tea Room. Add to this the attraction of Boats, for which there will be prizes
for Best Dressed and Best Illuminated Boat and the Trust Trip Boat will be taking rides along the Canal. All in all it is going to be a Great Day.

On the subject of the Trip Boat, we have a busy year ahead and all those who have offered to help ( and those who haven’t, yet,) are welcome to come and learn the “ropes” on the day. Also on the subject of Trip Boat, the Trust has applied for a Grant from the Argus to improve the lifting gear on the trailer. This has to be voted for and voting coupons will be published in the Argus from
12th to 24th March, i.e.TODAY!!! Please vote for us!!!

Cameo. Continuing with how the Trust is run.

The Fourteen Locks Canal
Centre is run by Phil Hughes ably assisted by Tom Maloney, Educational Consultant, Colin Westacott, Retail and the ever helpful Karen Wozencoft, Trust Secretary. The Cafe is normally sub let but at the moment is closed due to the arson damage inflicted just before
Christmas. There will be a Grand Reopening shortly so watch this space.

BBC 2,WALES, 6.30pm, 19th March is the time and place where you can see John Sargent’s new programme and our Community Boat which is being refurbished at Scottish and Southern Power. Don’t miss it.

The Shop is now open from Tuesday to Friday but we still need 3 more volunteers to help. Drop in and see us when you are in Newport.



Chairman’s EMag – 9th February 2012

Greetings All.

Welcome to all our new members and contacts including the Trail Boaters.

“The Ringing of Bells” starts at Pontymoile tomorrow, Friday 10th Feb at 12 noon,and the bells will ring along the Canal to Newport and Brecon finishing at 6pm. There will be choirs, a band and free hot soup to cater for the weather. This “kicks off” events for the rest of this important year in the history of the Canal. For those not already in the loop it is the 200th Anniversary of the joining of the 2 Canals at Pontymoile. Events are posted on the web site www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/monandbrec200 and more will be posted as the year progresses.

One of the ideas that came out of the Commemorative Dinner on Saturday was for a dedicated fund for the navigable section initially to improve moorings below Llangynidr Locks. £100 has been donated and a further £100 promised, the MBACT will administer it and is open for further donations.

The next event is also at Pontymoile being this years “Welsh Waterways Festival” on 28th April. Funding from Torfaen C.B.C. and Valleys Regional Park has enabled us to put on a good show with lots of food, drink, entertainment and Boats. It is hoped that the boats ill go to Five Locks and back on Sunday 29th and to this end Torfaen will put in the Reed cutter in March and the Cwmbran Canal Support Group will be making sure the canal is litter free.

Valleys Regional Park are looking for volunteers among our members to be trained as Tourist Ambassadors for their own areas. Details can be found on the web site;
www.valleys.co.uk/heartandsoul or video http://vimeo.com/3470481 and the first training days are on 12th and 19th March.

Canal Information Centre, 33 Upper Dock Street Newport. The shop has covered costs for the first 2 months and will now continue until the Team run out of steam or Newport pull the building down around us! The Team consists of only 5 people, Charles Wood, Bob and Darrel Coldwell, Tony Pugh and myself and we need at least another 3 people if we are to stay open for 6 days a week. At the moment we manage 4 days but if anyone needs a day off we have to close for that day.
We now have to make a profit and would welcome donations of any kind, books and maps are doing well and we will also sell on commission. The interest and networking which is taking place between members, other groups and the public is making it worth while.

The Trust has so many projects and ideas to follow that we have to form sub groups and each E Mag will feature one of them.

Community Boat Restoration.

55ftx8ft Steel Hull Narrow boat with chair lift.
Wyn Mitchell. Leader and Procurement.
Richard Dommett. Technical.
Roger Francis Licensing, Legals and Training.
Tony Pugh Grant Funding and Administration.
Phil Hughes Treasurer.

If you would like to be involved with this or any project or have expertise that they could use, please don’t hesitate to call or e-mail.