Category Archives: General

Fourteen Locks Centre Monthly Walk – Sat July 2nd

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Our next monthly walk is next Saturday July 2nd starting at Fourteen Locks Centre at 10 am.

Why not join us for a leisurely 5.5 mile walk through fields, woodlands and canal towpaths to Caerleon from where we return by service bus via Newport back to the Fourteen Locks Centre for well earned cup of tea in our café.

More information at http://fourteenlocks.mbact.org.uk/index.php/monthly/monthly-walks/48-fourteen-locks-to-caerleon-2?date=2016-07-02-10-00

Monmouthshire and Brecon Canalathon – Sept 10th 2016

This years team challenge takes place on Saturday September 10th – Are you up to the challenge!

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Teams of 4 (and a team manager) are invited to complete the challenge in under 12 hours which includes 6 miles canoeing, 18 miles cycling and 11 miles running/walking/hiking.

More information at http://www.mbact.org.uk/canalathon.php

To whet your appetite why not visit the dedicated facebook page https://www.facebook.com/canalathon

 

Annual Duck Race 2016

Tickets at £1 each are now on sale at Fourteen Locks Centre for the annual duck race on Monday 29th August 2016.

1st Prize is a weeks self catering holiday for 4 people in Torbay

2nd Prize is an afternoon self drive hire boat for 8 people from Dragonfly Dayboats at Brecon

3rd Prize is Sunday lunch for 2 people at The White Swan, Llanfrynach

Plus loads of other prizes.

WATERWAYS FESTIVAL ON THE CRUMLIN ARM, THIS WEEKEND 18TH &19TH JULY

Greetings All,
At last I am in a position to tell you there will be,

A WATERWAYS FESTIVAL ON THE CRUMLIN ARM, THIS WEEKEND 18TH &19TH JULY.

Boat trips will be run by MBACT and the Islwyn Canal Association.
The Islwyn Lily will cruise from Pontywaun to Wysom’s Wharf,(Darren Bridge), and the Edith-Elizabeth will cruise from Pontywaun to the end of the Canal near Forest Drive.

HOW TO GET THERE Post Code NP11 7FQ
By train from Cardiff on the Ebbw Vale train to Crosskeys and walk 400m to Pontywaun.
By bus from Newport on No 151 or X18 to Pontywaun Bridge.
By bus from Abergavenny on No X74.

Enjoy a day out, come and see what has been done at Pontywaun, see what can be done by putting boats back on the canal, and stop for Tea at Wysom’s Wharf.

Could volunteers, crew and trainee boatmen, please contact Tony Pugh on 07970 413803

Ducks in the News

Greetings All,

For those of you who have not seen a paper in the last 3 days I suggest you have a look at this, it even made “The Telegraph.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-28925165 the Fourteen Locks Centre has had comments from as far away as Brazil and Portugal! We might even get a mention in “Waterways World” next month.

A good day was had on Sunday at the Llangynidr Show but the rain put off the spectators for the Duck Race on Monday. Thanks to Rev. John Collier, our Chaplain, and all those who supported us buying tickets, donating prizes and helping out.

Duck race winners 2014
Ticket     Duck                                                   Donated by           Winners
1    573       201  Week’s self catering inTorbay for four people     Rev. John Collier    R & L Lark
2   1239       406  Day boat for three hours for up to 8 people       Dragonfly Cruises  R.Williams
3   2766     1087  Sunday lunch for two at the Coach & Horses    Coach & Horses     M.Jenkins
4   2512       970  Meal for two at the Dragon Inn Crickhowell       Mr. & Mrs Paris    Fairey
5   1112       364  Barbecue Grill                                    R.Frances              Margaret Foley
6   1620       553  Bottle Famous Grouse Whisky                       Mike Phillips          Mrs Walford
7   1054       346  Bottle of Bordeaux                                Ron Shackle           Allun Nutt
8   2219       829  Wine Cooler                                       R.Frances              Lee Thomas
9   1876     1876  Bottle sparkling wine                             Ron Shackle           Mrs Morgan
10 1925     1925  Origami spider                                    R.Frances              N Jenkins

Don’t forget the Canal-a-thon on Sunday, September 14th, there will be canal side entertainment at Talybont-on-Usk and Brecon Basin.

Regards,
Bernard

Annual Duck Race on 25th August (Bank Holiday Monday) at Llangynidr

Greetings All,

The Annual Duck Race is upon us, MONDAY 25th AUGUST 2014, (BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY), 2pm AT LLANGYNIDR BOTTOM LOCK, OPPOSITE THE “COACH AND HORSES”.

The Trip Boat will be taking rides on Sunday and Monday between 11am and 4pm each day. MBACT will have a stand at the “Llangynidr Show” on Sunday selling tickets for The Duck Race and any volunteer who would like to help will be most welcome, we will be on the field in front of the hall, look for the Land Rover.

This is the MBACT’s one big chance during the year to raise funds so why not come out to the country for a day or both days!

See you there,
Bernard

Duck race news!

We could not have asked for better weather over the Bank Holiday weekend, ticket sales for the Duck Race at the Llangynidr Show were an all time record and those that came to watch the race on Sunday enjoyed a good day out. Thanks to all those volunteers who came along to help and welcome to the new members who joined us.
The following are the prize winners and if Roger has not been able to contact you yet, please phone him on 01761 462703.

1/ Ticket No 1906 Mrs Edmonds.
2/ 4075 Cath Kelleches?
3/ 1121 K Wilbud.
4/ 1078 ? Lovell.
5/ 4625 Gauler.
6/ 0144 Robbie.
7/ 1733 Ian Cockrill.
8/ 1922 Paul Lees.
9/ 4198 V.Williams.
10/ 3153 ? Williams.
11/ 2796 M.A.Phillips.
12/ 3276 Mrs.S.Walton.
13/ 0630 F Meredith.
14/ 3796 Julie Skyrme.

Thanks to all those who bought tickets and donated prizes, without you we could not keep going.
Closing date for copy for the Reed Warbler is 1st Sept. so anyone who would like to have their say, contact the Editor at theeditor@fourteenlocks.co.uk