This Sunday, 21st July, is Pirates Day at Fourteen Locks, the Trip Boat will be operating on the Pond and among other activities, there will be a competition for the best dressed Pirate. All volunteers are welcome to help with the Trip Boat, selling Duck Race Tickets, Membership and to help Ursula with the Sales Table. Good weather has been arranged!
The “Waterworks” project at Ty Coch continues apace and there are now 20 volunteers on the scheme. The stone work on lock 41 has been completed and the scaffold is being moved to lock 42. The Archaeological Dig next to lock 42 “Shop Lock” last month, revealed a perfectly preserved Saw Pit and it is hoped to include this feature in a future Visitor Centre.
The quest for water on the Crumlin Arm, after the initial survey by volunteer Lindsay, is being supported by Caerphilly and Welsh Water, the later have been checking for “miss connections” and testing water quality with a view to reconnecting the underground water at manor Road to the Canal. However, water is urgently needed at “Wysomes Wharf”, further up, to be able to run Iswyln Canal Association’s Trip Boat.Plenty of water goes under the Canal at Pontywaun but an innovative way of delivering it into the Canal, like a Water Wheel, is required. This would be an interesting project for a volunteer with time and know-how in conjunction with Caerphilly C.B.C.
You may think this is a long way off but a Five Locks Rally is being planed for the weekend before the August Bank Holiday, and a Canalathon. for September 14th.
Don’t forget the Llangynidr Show on Sunday 25th and the DUCK RACE on Monday 26th August (this year!).