“Vibrant and Viable Places”. Workshops are now taking place to discuss the best ways to use the money available from the grant, which unfortunately was not for the full amount. The Canal Quarter in Cwmbran and the regeneration of Pontypool Town Centre are the priorities, with Five Locks and its connection to Cwmbran having to look elsewhere, but a start has been made.
CRT MBACT Chairman Roger Francis had a constructive meeting with Nick Worthington at Gloucester from which it emerged that CRT would like the “Lord Raglan”, MBACT’s Community Boat project, to be based at Goytre Wharf.The use of a meeting room has also been offered. A room has also been offered by Nigel Curtis of Road House Boats at Gilwern.
Ty Coch “Waterworks” project was recently visited by members of the CRT Board who were impressed by the progress and saw the recently installed modular Lock Gate. This had been assembled in the lock and installed without any heavy lifting gear, a saving that did not go unnoticed.
Helmsman Training. Tony Pugh, under the banner of the I.W.A., has offered to train any volunteer as a Helmsman for craft on non CRT waters. This will be free on condition that they are willing to help out with trip boats on these waters. Specifically, the Neath, the Crumlin Arm and the lower reaches of the Mon and Brec. Contact Fourteen Locks or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Canlathon 2014 will be held on the 14th September. Teams of 4 will paddle canoes from Pontymoile to Goytre, cycle from Goytre to Llangynidr and walk or run from Llangynidr to Brecon. 2 man canoes will be supplied but you must bring your own bike or hire one. Entry costs £30 per person and medals will be given to finishers. THIS IS NOT A RACE.
“The Five Locks Festival” will be held on 16th & 17th August. This will take place at the basin and an adjacent field accessible from the Community Centre, which will also accommodate the parking. The “Edith-Elizabeth” trip boat will operate on the stretch of water BELOW Five Locks towards the “cascades” and back.
Initial Calendar for the remainder of 2014.
May 24th & 25th Tredegar Park, (National Trust) Trip Boat rides.
July 1st & 2nd. Education Days at Goytre Wharf.
July 20th. Pirate Day at Fourteen Locks Centre.
August 16th & 17th. Five Locks Festival.(as above).
August 25th Duck Race at Llangynidr Locks opposite” The Coach and Horses”.
September 13th – 17th. Visit and Study Tour by members of “Canal du Midi”, France.
September 14th. Canalathon.(as above)
AND FINALLY,from April 1st “The Islwyn Lilly” trip boat will be operating from “Wysome’s Wharf, The Darren, on the Crumlin Arm.
See you on the Cut.