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.