Greetings All and a Happy New Year.
To start with there are the Events for 2015.
May 21st and 22nd. Education Days at Goytre Wharf with our Trip Boat.
May 23rd, 24th, and 25th. Trip Boat operating on the lake at Tredegar House.
June 13th. The Cwmbran Big Event.
June 20th and 21st. Pontnewydd Waterway Festival at Five Locks, Boaters are encouraged to make the trip, weed cutting and dredging will have been carried out. The Trip Boat will be operating on, the as yet, isolated section below Five Locks and the centre of activity will be in the adjacent Glenside community hall.
July 25th. Pirates Day at Fourteen Locks.
July ??? Possible event on the Crumlin Arm. Limited dredging has been promised by June.
August 31st The (world famous) Duck Race preceded by the Llangynidr Show on Sunday 30th.
(Ducks are still being recovered from the A4042!)
September 6th. The Canalathon, from Pontymoile to Brecon.
The Community Boat is still at the Power Station, final welding needs to take place to make it weather proof, it will then be moved to Herons Rest where Richard Lewis has kindly made space for us. (On dry ground at present).
Masonic Lodge No 4562 (Crystal) presented our Chairman and Treasurer with a cheque for £500 at a function in Newport recently. Their kind donation will go towards our education program which is being run in conjunction with Fourteen Locks Canal Centre.
Bridge No 36, Wellington Bridge. Just before Christmas a ceremony was held on the Ty Coch site to thank all those who have put so much into the project this year. However, a surprise number on the agenda was a presentation by Lord German to Cllr. Bob Wellington, leader of Torfaen Council, of a Bridge sign naming it the “Bob Wellington Bridge”. Bob has long been a supporter of MBACT and the restoration of the canal, the naming of this, hitherto unnamed bridge in the middle of the Ty Coch flight, is a lasting tribute to everything he has done.
The Crumlin Arm has already seen activity this year with a survey of various obstacles by consultant Patrick Moss and Caerphilly member Christina Hadley accompanied by Roger Francis, Richard Dommett and myself. Patrick is currently surveying the canals economic potential for the partnership and Christina is into European Funding at Caerphilly (get the drift?). Christina has taken on a huge task and needs all the support she can get both inside and outside Caerphilly C.B.C.
“The Waterworks” project at Ty Coch has placed the order for the first pair of lower “modular gates”, the top one having already been installed with a minimum of fuss. The new workshop building has made a huge difference to working conditions and the access road has speeded up supplies of materials.
Finally, the “Cross Party Workshop” at Cardiff Bay, originally scheduled for Monday 12th Jan (today) has been postponed and has yet to be rescheduled.
See you on the Cut.