Monthly Archives: May 2013

Chairman’s EMag – 17th May 2013

Greetings All,

Archaeological Dig.

The date for the Research Visit to Gwent Archives at Ebbw Vale has been set for Wednesday 29th May, please contact me asap if you want to be included and I will confirm the programme and times. The Dig itself will take place on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 13, 14 and 15th June, please let me know which days you are available, lets pray for good weather.

The Crumlin Arm.

Very much in the news this time. Firstly a questionnaire from Cllr. Ken James, included as an attachment, please read and complete if you are in this area. Cllr. James is the obvious choice to continue where Stan Jenkins left off, having been a member of the Steering Committee for many years.

Cllr James Letter

Crumlin Arm Questionnaire

Secondly, thanks go to Lindsay Gauntlett, a volunteer, who has carried out a survey of all the water sources on the Crumlin Arm. Her very professional report has identified many new, old and damaged sources that could be utilised to get more water into the canal and ultimately to Fourteen Locks. Already, with the co operation of Brian Rigby of the Newport Golf Club, Newport C.C. and MBACT, a potential problem at Harry Roberts Bridge has been averted to the benefit of the canal.

Finally for your Diary.

Monday 20th May, volunteers are meeting at 10am, at Goytre, to sort the boat and trailer for:
Tuesday, Wednesday, 21st & 22nd Schools Event. Several volunteers are coming but if you can spare the time to get some “hands on” you will be very welcome.

The Shop Lock Dig at Ty Coch, as above.

Saturday 22nd June, the MBACT AGM, 11am at The Coach and Horses, Llangynidr.



Chairman’s EMag – 4th May 2013

Greetings All,

Two important notes for your diary.

Firstly the annual Schools Boat Event takes place at Goytre Wharf on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd May. This is co ordinated by Tom Maloney under “Education Through Restoration” (ETR) from Fourteen Locks, with the MBACT Trip Boat and several volunteers in attendance. Tom needs the boat on the water by 9.30am on Tuesday morning so we intend to launch it on Monday. Some of you will know that the boat trailer has been the subject of an extensive upgrading with hydraulic lift gear and launching rollers funded by a kind grant from The Big Lottery Fund, it subsequently needs a lick of paint and the boat, having been laid up all winter, also needs a spring clean. We therefore plan to meet at Goytre Wharf at 10am on Monday 20th May to do what is required to both and launch the boat for the following day. Please, could all those who have expressed an interest to help, and I understand that a week day is not convenient to many, give me some idea of numbers and preferred days. Council visitors are also welcome! Please reply by e-mail or phone 01873 812562 for more details.

Secondly, the Archaeological Dig at Shop Lock on the Ty Coch is now planned. A one day trip to Gwent Archives at Ebbw Vale has been scheduled for research purposes on Wednesday 29th May and the “dig” is scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 13th, 14th, & 15th June. These days have been chosen particularly to enable those who are more gainfully employed during the week to have a “go”. However, numbers are limited, all participants will have to be temporary members (free) of either the Archaeological Society or MBACT for insurance purposes,so get your name in early, by e-mail only please. An update on the site use seems to point to “shop” as in Workshop, possibly for repairing boats.

Chairman’s EMag – 30th April 2013

Greetings All,

Glad to have some warmer weather to enjoy the new tow path from bridge 113 to 130, thanks to CRT, however, the worst part, from 110 to 112 is still to be completed.

The subject of the Cross Party talks, last week at the Welsh Assembly, was Tourism in Wales and the fact that we are loosing ground to Scotland and England! So roll on,lets cut the budgets to the Tourist Centres like Crickhowell etc.! Please, do all you can to object to these cuts, our Canal industry depends on Tourists.

Tickets for the Duck Race, ( Bank Holiday Monday 26th August) are now available from Fourteen Locks, 33 Upper Dock Street and from most of our upcoming events.

Once more we are looking for a Treasurer, Martina has had to pull out due to preassure of work, so if you would like to become a member of the team PLEASE step up now, we need YOU!

The Ty-Coch project is moving on and the excavation of the “shop” foundations will take place in June, more on this when the dates are known.

There are 4 non canal based events coming up, Cwmbran Big Event 8th June, Risca 13th July, Caerphilly Big Cheese 27 & 28th July and Llangynidr Show 27th August, this is where we get new members and sell Duck Race tickets, it’s a good day out and you meet lots of people, please contact me if you can help.

The next “Reed Warbler” will be out soon, delivered to all members free, or £1 at Fourteen Lock and 33 Upper dock Street.

Finally, don’t forget the public meeting at LLangattock School Hall tonight to discuss the proposed new Hire Boat Base.

See you on the Cut.


Chairman’s EMag – 27th March 2013

Greetings All,

Just a quickie to let all members and supporters know that the event planned for Fourteen Locks this Easter Sunday has been postponed due to the cold weather.

Ty Coch “Waterworks Project”
On a more positive note, the foundations of the shop and possibly a cottage have been found at Shop Lock on the Ty Coch flight. MBACT and Torfaen C.B.C.are keen to investigate the full extent of the find with a view to establishing a future Visitor Centre on the site. We will be calling for anyone who fancies a “Time Team” experience to join us, under the supervision of Torfaen Archaeological section, for a “dig” in the summer.
The fish Rescue has taken place in the 2 side ponds and they have been dredged. More volunteers cannot be accommodated until the access road has been put in, which should be in about 3 weeks. Watch this space.

Land Rover
To those volunteers who offered to help with the Land Rover and Trailer this summer, I.W.A. testing (for insurance purposes) will take place in May once the modifications of the trailer have been completed. Thanks for your patience.