Monthly Archives: September 2013

Chairman’s EMag – 23rd September 2013

Greetings All,

The Shop and Canal Information Centre at 33 Upper Dock Street has now closed. We knew that we had to be out by 20th September, but we had two other shops lined up. However, after waiting for 2 weeks for the agent to make contact with the owner, 24 hours before we were due to move, the owner declined and so all stock is now in storage and we start again. Thanks to Bob Coldwell, Darren, Jason, Jodie and Ursula for a smooth move on Friday.

Country File and Julia Bradbury were at Ty Coch, also on Friday, filming the volunteers in action and hearing their comments on what they are learning. Steve Price has been nominated for an Emmy award! The clip will be shown on a Sunday night within the next 6 weeks.

Heritage Day, Fourteen Locks, was a great success so full marks to Phil for postponing from the week before due to the weather! Our boat and the Newport Steam railway ran all day; there was a Choir and all the other activities expected on such a day out. Thanks to all the MBACT volunteers and all the clubs, associations and staff at the Centre, far to numerous to mention individually, who made the day a success.

Gilwern Boat Gathering, Saturday and Sunday. Nine boats arrived for the revival of what used to be an annual event which was a good turn out considering the short notice. Tea, Coffee and biscuits were supplied by Nigel and Sally of Road House Boats who were ably supported by Nick and Sharon from Castle Narrowboats. A musical quiz was held on the towpath on Saturday evening with the aid of someone’s hi tech gizmo (!) and boats started to depart after Sunday lunch. Remember this one for next year!

Bernard

Chairman’s EMag – 10th September 2013

Greetings all,

Sunday, 15th September, Fourteen Locks.
This Sunday, the annual Heritage Day takes place. The trip boat will be operating on the pond, there will also be a steam train and many other side stands. Phil and Tom always put on a good show so come and support them.
Volunteers are needed to help with the boat from about 10am, it is always a good day out and we look forward to seeing new faces and old, please see Captains Roger Francis and Tony Pugh when you arrive.

Saturday & Sunday, 21st & 22nd September, Gilwern.
Nigel and Sally from Road House Boats invite all boaters to a revival of the Gilwern Boat Gala. This was big in the past and they are trying to gauge interest for a big one next year. The Bridgend Inn will do pub refreshments on Saturday evening and it is hoped that the Hope Church will be able to offer canalside refreshments from the Old School building on Sunday.

This is a chance for all those critics who say there is nothing happening on the canal to show their colours!

Stop Press!
The Monmouthshire, Brecon and Abergavenny Canals Trust is pleased to announce that it has just been successful in a bid for £64,000 from the Social Community Economic Fund for further restoration and development projects in the Torfaen area.

See you on the Cut,
Bernard