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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 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; or video 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.

Chairman’s EMag – 16th January 2012

Greetings and a Happy New Year.

We are now in the Bicentennial Year which kicks of with a dinner at the Angel Hotel, Abergavenny on 4th Feb, this is where the original announcement of the linking of the two canals was made to the members of the Canal Company, 200 years ago, virtually to the day. The Committee organising the bicentennial celebrations has invited the “movers and shakers” of the canal scene, to the event, in a bid to revitalise desire and effort to see the Canal restored to Newport and Cwmcarn. Tickets are now available to our members and those of the Partnership up to a maximum of 120, at £35.00 each, a portion of which will go to the MBACT’s restoration fund. Tickets can be obtained from Karen Morphet by phoning 01452 318008 or e-mail, cheques to be made out to MBACT but sent to Karen Morphet, or Phil Hughes at Fourteen Locks, Cwm Lane, Rogerstone,Newport, NP10 9GN.

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Don’t forget that the “Ringing of Bells” kicks off from Pontymoile Basin at 12 noon on Friday 10th of Feb and continues up to Brecon and down to Newport until 6pm that evening.

On the restoration front, bottom gates at Drapers Lock have been hung and the concrete coffer dam is being removed in preparation of hanging the top gate which has been made on site. Torfaen C.C. is awaiting the results of an application for funding to continue with the rest of the Ty-Coch Flight.

The Community Boat has had some side plating welded and is now having the new window aperture’s cut out.

The repairs to Fourteen Locks Centre are currently waiting for the Newport Tendering process to be completed, Phil is hoping for completion by 1st week in March.

The Canal Info. Centre/Shop at 33 Upper Dock Street has covered its overheads for the first month and is looking good for the future. County Industrial Supplies of Cwmbran are giving us stock to sell on commission and are also sponsoring a sign for the outside. We hope to have a video of canal trips visible in the window to attract passers by.

Many thanks to those who are helping to run it and improve it.

Thanks to all those who helped with Santas Grotto this year particularly under such restricted circumstances.

Finally, best wishes to Ursula who should be in hospital in Abergavenny having her knees up rated about now.

Minutes will follow at a latter date.


Chairman’s EMag – 27th November 2011

Greetings All,

This E Mag comes to you from a new data base and a new E Mail address to try to reduce the number of rejected addresses we are receiving. Many thanks to Phil who has previously sent the E Mag for me in which has not been easy. Your replies should now return to

The Fourteen Locks Centre has been surveyed and a partition has been erected around the Cafe, Kitchen and Meeting Room so that the office, toilets and shop area can be used. This allows us to continue with Santa’s Grotto for the Christmas season and will facilitate public access to the toilets. This will happen in about a week. A culprit has been apprehended and will face charges. Newport City Council have responded with every form of support and have swung into action to repair the damage, we could not have asked for more. Likewise the insurance company has been very helpfully and Phil and Tom are confident they can get everything back to as it was.

Wyn and I are meeting Newport City Council to sign up for the shop for an initial period of 2 months on Monday morning and we hope to open on Thursday or Monday. All those who have volunteered or would still like to volunteer to help run the shop will be asked to meet at the shop during the next week for introductions etc., watch this space!

The object of the shop is to raise awareness of the Canal and increase membership but we will be selling whatever we can to cover overheads so all donations will be gratefully received. We also want to be able to offer members and friends tea or coffee on a donation basis. It will be up to the volunteers as to how well it goes and what else we can do.

For news on the Community Boat, Restoration and the 200year celebrations, the next copy of “The Reed Warbler”in Calendar form will be out before Christmas.