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?
Monmouthshire, Brecon and Abergavenny Canals Trust.