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Chairman’s EMag – 23rd November 2012

Greetings All,

With the end of the year approaching fast there are still a few dates to remember for Canal related events.

Saturday 1st December there will be a Trail of Bells and Lantern Activities from Pontymoile Basin starting at 11.30am.

11.30am Male Voice Choir.

12noon The Bell will be rung by Cllr Bob Wellington and Robin Hurbert who will also unveil a plaque commemorating the Year.

The Male Voice Choir will continue until 12.30pm.

Treasure Hunt starts from Pontymoile and continues to Brecon basin to arrive by 5pm.

Church Bells Ring from Pontymoile to Brecon and Newport, and Hay on Wye to Brecon.At Brecon Christmas Fair at George Hotel 10am to 4pm.

At Brecon Basin and Theatre there will be a Lantern Workshop from 5 to 6pm.

At 6pm there will be Floating Lanterns. and Display.

At 7pm the Pantomine Dick Whittington starts.


Dec 19th Light Up the Canal and Sing, Carols at Llanfoist Community Hall.

Santas Grotto at Fourteen Locks 15/16th and 22/23rd.

Drapers Lock has been completed and work has started on Tredegar Lock.

The Canoe Project is coming together and will be “launched” next year.

Watch this space.


Chairman’s EMag – 30th October 2012

Greetings All,

Crumlin Arm.

Last Saturday Cllr. Stan Jenkins baby “The Iswlyn Lily” was “launched” at Wysom’s Wharf, however, Stan was not there to see it having had a stroke the night before. Happily Stan is on the mend and we all send him our best regards. The Mayor of Caerphilly Borough Council, Cllr. Gaynor Oliver, gave a short speech and then embarked on the first trip with a number of other guests. Nobody should underestimate the amount of effort required to get a project such as this up and running and the Iswlyn Canal Association must be congratulated on their resolve. Trips for the public will start in the spring.

200th Anniversary Year.

There are still events taking place up and down the Canal organised by various groups.

Oct 31st Pirates and Lanterns, 6pm Church Road bridge, Gilwern 01873 830772 for more info.

Oct 31st Spooky Stories in the Clydach Gorge. 2pm. 01495 742333 for more info.

Oct 31st Make your own Halloween Mask at Fourteen Locks, free!

Oct 31st to 4th Nov. Halloween Trails from Fourteen Locks. 01633 892167.

Nov 4th Electric Boats and Canoes. Brecon Basin 10am to 1pm 07966 461819 for more info.

Nov 19th Towpath Walk and Talk, 11am Elim Church, Brecon. 01874 711484 for more info.

Dec 1st Lighting up the Canal. Brecon Basin, JOIN A WORKSHOP NOW TO MAKE YOUR LANTERNS. 01873 811579 for more info.

Dec 15-16, Santas Grotto at Fourteen Locks.

Dec 22-23, Santas Grotto at Fourteen Locks. 01633 892167.

Dec 19th Lanterns and Carols, Llanfoist Church Lych Gate at 6pm 01873 858277 for more info.


As can be seen from the above, volunteering on the Mon and Brec is alive and thriving, the I.W.A., the MBACT, and many other groups have been working for years to raise money and interest to, initially, save the South Wales Canals from dereliction and unsympathetic development but also for restoration. Through their efforts the All Party Waterways Group at the Assembly was initiated, County Councils have recognised a Canal’s worth and are initiating restoration projects, and communities have found a common interest to work for.

It was therefore surprising to note that at the recent launch of Glandwr Cymru ( the Welsh Canal and River Trust) at the Welsh Assembly, there was no representative from any of the volunteer
groups already in existence. Canal & River Trust are spending £housands on recruiting volunteers but is this just for the Lock Keeper image and donations? The existing Canal Volunteers, who look
after and restore many miles of Canal not in C&RT ownership, would also like the opportunity to meet the “movers and shakers” of Wales.

Is this another case of BRITISH WATERWAYS “us and them”, do C&RT intend to continue as BW with it’s hand picked volunteers, or was this a genuine mistake of a fledgling Charity?

Bernard Illman

Monmouthshire, Brecon and Abergavenny Canals Trust.

Chairman’s EMag – 7th October 2012

Greetings All,

And especially to those Councillors whose Wards encompass parts of the Canal. The MBACT is presently talking to Canoe Wales with the idea of encouraging canoeing on the Canal in the Malpas area. We would like from you any information on Schools, Youth Clubs or others in the area who may be interested in this project, there is talk of a Small Boat Regatta at Kimberly Park in the spring so now is the time to come forward.

On the subject of Next Years Events, the MBACT will be doing another calendar as its Winter “Reed Warbler” magazine. Could those who would like their event dates included in it, similar to the last one, please let me or Tom at Fourteen Locks, have them by 1st November. Likewise, let us know who may require the Trip Boat but please be prepared to ADVERTISE your event.

The” Duck Race” organisers have already had their first meeting for next Augusts event and promise something different, watch this space.

The Canal shop at 33 Upper Dock Street, Newport, is going from strength to strength and is always looking for more stock. We are now selling paintings by Jean Wilding of Gilwern.

Finally, we still need someone to head up the production of the “Reed Warbler” for next year from the Spring issue, OR THERE WONT BE ONE! Tom cannot do it!

We also need a Secretary for committee meetings at Fourteen Locks Centre and a temporary Membership secretary for 4 months while Theresa is incapacitated. Only qualification required is a willingness to help!



Chairman’s EMag – 25th September 2012

Greetings All,

The “Cwmbran Big Event” on Saturday 22nd Sept. had glorious weather for the thousands of people who came out for the day. We had 3 gazebos accommodating a Sales Table, The Torfaen Canal Watch, a Membership Table and a demonstration of carpentry by volunteers Alan and Tony,
working on a Lock Gate section.

MBACT has recently been in touch with Canoe Wales and several other individuals with an idea to promote canoeing on the Malpas Section between Kimberly Park and Pentre Lane. There is a great deal of interest in this project and we are now in a position to get all the interested parties together, therefore, any Councillor, Youth Group, Sports Club or individual who has an interest and/or would like to get involved, please register your interest now, or pass this on to anyone
you may think could be interested. Who knows, we may find an new Olympian.

The Crickhowell History Weekend takes place this weekend 28th to 30th September. Organised by the Chrickhowell District Archive Centre and the Crickhowell and District History Society, it starts at 7.30pm in the Clarence Hall with a Photographic Presentation by Chris Lewis on the history of Businesses and Villages in the area. Commentary will be provided by John Webb and Robert Gant with contributions from the floor.

From 9.30am on Saturday in the Clarence Hall, there will be 3 talks on the Canal, one on it’s history, one on it’s future and one on related features around Gilwern and Llangattock, finishing at 1pm. In the afternoon there will be a choice of 3 walks, one on Canal and Associated Features around Gilwern,(meeting at the Canal side car park off Church Road, Gilwern); the second on Llangattock, Village, Canal and Tramroads, (meeting at the car park off Hillside Road, access off
Plas Derwen); the third being a Historical Tour of Crickhowell, meeting at the Clarence Halll. All start times at 2.30pm. The Photographic Exhibition will be upstairs in the CriC Centre from 10am to 5 pm Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday. Tickets for all sessions are available from the CriC Centre.