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Chairman’s EMag – 24th February 2013

Greetings All,

If you have not seen what’s going on at the Ty-Coch site, do so on the next sunny day we have. I was there last Tuesday, hedges are being layed, brush cut back, the canal channel is full of water, Drapers Lock is finished and dozens of ducks and moorhens have taken up residence. Go along and give our volunteers a wave, you can access the tow path at Pentre Lane, Llantarnum, or Hollybush Way, Cwmbran. The site is about half a mile from either point.

A bridge at Pentre Lane is now the next objective, to link the Malpas section with the Ty-Coch flight, we are looking for a serious fund raiser for the job, or do YOU perhaps have a spare £800,000 laying about.

Meetings about water for the Crumlin Arm, and ultimately Fourteen Locks, have been taking place with Caerphilly and a source of water has been identified but it is lower than the level of the canal. It is possible it could be raised by a water wheel similar to that used at Lordings on the Wey and Arun Canal (see their web site). Anyone who has the ability to build a waterwheel would be very welcome on the team.

Our next event is at Fourteen Locks on Easter Sunday when the Trip Boat will be operating on the pond.

Finally, we desperately need the services of a Secretary, to attend the committee meeting once a month and produce the minutes, it is not a difficult job but requires the ability to turn two and a half hours waffle into 3 x A4’s of semi intelligent notes. And you could get a cup of tea and a biscuit. Please contact Phil at Fourteen Locks or me by e mail.

Thanks for all your replies and input.


Chairman’s EMag – 17th January 2013

Greetings All,

Welcome to another year on Planet Wales, especially to all those who have not had the MBACT E-Mag before.

It is with deep regret that we have to record the passing of Cllr. Stan Jenkins of Caerphilly on Monday 14th January. Stan has long been a stalwart behind the Iswlyn Canal Association on the Crumlin Arm and was the driving force to get a trip boat on the Pontywaun section. Tragically his stroke occurred the day before the “Iswlyn Lylily” was launched in October last and although he initially made good progress complications set in. Our sincere condolences go to Mrs Jenkins and
family. His funeral is at 1pm, 31st Jan at Mariah Chapel, Risca.

The events calendar for 2013 is being finalised and will be out by the end of January, however, there is no Five Locks Rally planned for this year as yet. Traditional organisers, Goytre Boat Owners Association are presently dormant but Cllr. Stewart Ashleigh from Pontnewydd is
looking at the possibility of a community driven event. The same needs to be considered for the Manor Road area on the Crumlin arm now that Stan is not with us.

The A.G.M. for the Inland Waters Association will be held on the 5th March in Cardiff, (full address at a later date), the chairman of the All Wales Group of Canal & River Trust,(the old B.W.) will be
speaking, so there should be an opportunity to question him on the future of Welsh Canals.

The” Waterworks” project at Ty-Coch, Cwmbran, is up and running and the team can be seen hard at work on the first 2 Locks most days of the week. However, we are still looking for a small Industrial Unit in the vicinity of Hollybush Way (at a next to nothing rental) to set up the Lock Gate fabrication workshop. Two volunteers are presently working at Fourteen Locks on fencing and landscaping.

The water supply along the Crumlin Arm is also being investigated with the full co operation of Caerphilly C.B.C.and Welsh Water.

Another group of Sea Scouts have shown an interest in canoeing on the Malplas section and we hope to hear from Canoe Wales soon.


Chairman’s EMag – 18th December 2012

Festive Greetings All,

Santa’s Grotto at Fourteen Locks was well attended again last weekend, the first for this year. In spite of heavy persistent rain, everyone had a good time and once again Santa’s Team did a marvellous job. If you haven’t taken the kids or grand kids there yet, there is still this Saturday and Sunday, 22nd & 23rd Dec.

The Shop at 33 Upper Dock Street will be closed from Sat 22nd Dec to Tues 1st Jan. Good news is Newport have extended our lease to June 2013.

The Reed Warbler Calendar for 2013 is now available at the Shop or Fourteen Locks Centre at £1.00 each. Sales of this help to finance the magazine during the rest of the year.

The committee of the Monmouthshire, Brecon and Abergavenny Canals Trust would like to thank everyone for their support over the Anniversary Year and look forward to your continued support in the New Year, lets make it another good one.

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.