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!