Monthly Archives: November 2014

EMagazine – 5th November 2014

Greetings All.

Lock Gate photo
The Waterworks, Ty Coch.
Regular readers will be aware of the great work being undertaken at Ty Cock south of Cwmbran. Funded by The Heritage Lottery, the Waterworks project is restoring up to eight disused locks and canal structures while providing training to volunteers in heritage and canal maintenance techniques. The project is now half way through it’s second year and restoration work is progressing well. It’s also attracted it’s fair share of publicity with national T.V. and press coverage.

To build on the success to date, additional volunteers are needed to help with a variety of tasks. These range from vegetation management, pointing with lime mortar, restoring stonework, carpentry and a host of other activities. Whatever your skill level the project would like to hear from you if you are interested in volunteering and able to commit a day or more during the week on a regular basis. Volunteering provides an opportunity to put existing skills into practice, learn new techniques, meet fellow canal enthusiasts and make a real contribution to the future of the waterway.

Why not come down for a look and a chat to see what the project has to offer. For more information contact Richard Dommett on 07974 005 483, or Heidi Carey on )1633 648072 or on email

The Duck Race 2015 !!!  You my think it is a little early to look at the next Duck Race but the ducks need sorting out and the Boat needs attention. Tony Pugh has therefore asked for as many volunteers as possible for a “Flash Mob Clean up” for Saturday or Sunday 15th-16th November.
He will supply the music. Please contact him at or our new
Volunteer Co-ordinator, Paula Cork  at Paula joined a couple of months ago and is very keen, so let’s keep her busy.

Composite Lock Gates. The first Top Gate has been installed at Ty Coch, no fuss, no long reach cranes, just the guys on site.  See photo attached with our Volunteer Co-Ordinator, Paula.

Rogerstone. A meeting was held at Fourteen Locks Centre with members of the local community over issues that they have with the canal in the area. The upshot is that a formal meeting will be held to organise a voluntary  group to look after grass cutting, litter picking and the canal generally up as far as Harry Roberts Bridge. This group will tie in with the MBACT and hopefully encourage the formation of other groups along the Crumlin Arm.

Fourteen Locks Canal Centre. Breaking News. Congratulations to all concerned on the award of £83K from HLF. This award secures the future of Fourteen Locks Centre for the next 2 years allowing the team there to continue their good work and to branch out into new areas of education and community support.

Bernard Illman