Monthly Archives: August 2014

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.” 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.


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

Greetings All,


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,

EMagazine – 8th August 2014

Greetings All.

THE DUCK RACE Monday 25th August. (Bank Holiday).
The Duck Race is almost upon us, there are still many tickets outstanding, PLEASE send all tickets back to Fourteen Locks as soon as possible, preferably SOLD! I will be at the Llangynidr Show on Sunday 24th, the day before the race, selling tickets and looking for new members, all volunteers to help will be welcomed with open arms! Remember, the Trip Boat will also be running on the Monday so bring along the extended family for a day out. But before that is the :-

FIVE LOCKS EVENT. Saturday 16th August.
The Trip Boat will be operating from below Five Locks to the top of the Cascaded Locks at Mount Pleasant Road. The centre of activities will be at The Glenside Community Hall off Commercial/Mount Pleasant Road.

THE CANAL A THON, Saturday 13th September.
Takes place from Pontymoile to Breacon with interest all along the Canal. More next time.
NATIONWIDE BUILDING SOCIETY have given us £100 in their Community Match Scheme, anyone who is a member of Nationwide is asked to look out for our name in the agencies and vote for us, this could bring us another £500 all of which will go towards finishing our community boat ” The Lord Raglan”. Speaking of which:-

THE LORD RAGLAN is once again receiving attention at SSE Power Station. The new window positions have been cut out and the super structure is being strengthened. The Power Station is closed and will be demolished so we have to move the boat elsewhere. SSE are pushing hard to finish what they agreed to do before it moves. We are still looking for a retired joiner who would be willing to help with the fitting out.

ITV, COAST &COUNTRY, Friday 8th August.
Phil was interviewed by ITV on the MB&AC and the clip will be shown on the above program.
THE SHOP. As you all know we lost the shop premisses in Newport when the empty buildings were demolished for the new development, and being as the Torfaen “Vibrant and Viable Places” is now the most important regeneration project in Cwmbran and Pontypool, we would like to move the shop to Cwmbran. Cwmbran Centre is privately owned and efforts to obtain premisses in the Centre have had no results, however if anyone could help in this area we would very much like to hear from you. A Canal Information Centre in Cwmbran would be beneficial to Torfaen, the MBACT and the public as a whole.

Thanks one and all for your continued interest and support for the restoration of the Canal, membership forms can be downloaded from our web site should you need one.

See you at Llangynidr,

EMagazine – 18th July 2014

Greetings All,

Those of you who get the Western Mail or one of the other south coast papers would have seen yesterday of the visit to Ty Coch of a team of millionaires who were invited to do some volunteer work on a Heritage Lottery site. This was filmed by ITV and will be shown later in the year. However, if you missed it, go to workmen-wales-theyre-7419784

Much has been going on in the background but could not be talked about, such as the above, but now there is a flood of information coming through.

FIVE LOCKS EVENT, Sat 16th August.
The Trip Boat will be operating from below Five Locks to the top of the cascade at Mount Pleasant road. Displays and items of interest will be taking place at the Glenside Community Hall below the five locks, accessible from Commercial/Mountpleasant Rd.

THE DUCK RACE, Monday 25th August.
The annual Duck Race takes place on the Canal outside the “Coach and Horses”, Llangynidr from about 3.30pm. Tickets will be on sale all day on site and also on the day before at the “Llangynidr Show” which is an event not to be missed in itself. Prizes include, “A weeks self catering holiday for 4 in Torbay”, “A Day Boat for 3 hours from Dragonfly Boats, Brecon” ” Lunch for 2 at the Coach and Horses, Llangynidr” and many others. Would all those who have tickets please sell them and send all counterfoils + unsold tickets back to Fourteen Locks. We rely on this money to run the MBACT.

THE CANAL-A-THON, Saturday 13th September.
This is a Canoeing, Cycling and Running event from Pontymoil to Brecon with canal side events along the Canal and entertainment at Brecon Basin from mid-afternoon. Come and cheer your team on. Entry has closed with over 50 teams of 4 including one team from Canal du Midi, France.

Luke, one of the trainees on site is now fully employed by MBACT Restoration Ltd, (funded by WAG through Training and Employment), and hopefully marks the first step in creating a full time Restoration and Maintenance Team for the non CRT length of the Canal. Still on Ty Coch, the access road is now in and the foundations for the new workshop have been cast. WRG have also just completed a very successful week long camp on site. Thanks to all the volunteers involved.
Consultations and workshops, (the other kind), are progressing on Torfaen’s “Vibrant and Viable Places” , which has to be moving by March 2015. A workshop that I attended recently included
live links from Washington, Idaho and Merthyr Tydfill showing what can be done when the community pull together.

Finaly, FOURTEEN LOCKS PIRATE DAY, this Sunday 20th July, starting at 11.00am with the Trip Boat operating all day.

See you on the Cut.