27th March 2021 – MBACT News Update

Maintenance of Edith Elizabeth March 2021


After a long winter of Covid19 Lockdown our canal is beginning to open up. The Canal and River Trust (CRT) recently updated their Guidance based on the Welsh Government regulations. You can find out more on CRT’s Coronavirus and boating FAQs page.

Fourteen Locks Canal Centre

The Fourteen Locks Canal Centre is closed and is only providing takeaways currently.

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Torfaen Council to appoint Canal Officer to Secure Restoration

Lower_Brake_Lock Copyright Linda - https://www.instagram.com/lindaloowill/

We are delighted to report that Torfaen County Borough Council has recently decided to create a new Canals Officer Post. The post-holder will develop a strategy and seek external sources of funding to restore and improve the maintenance of the canal through the Borough. The committee debates also confirmed the Councils vision; to restore the canal in phases working their way south from the existing end of navigation at Five Locks Cwmbran, eventually restoring its complete length within the Borough.

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Press Statement – Boat Owners Rally at Bevans Bridge 46 – South Sebastopol, Cwmbran

Press StatementBoat Owners Rally at Bevans Bridge 46 – South Sebastopol Cwmbran A boat rally has been organised by boat owners on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal for the 5th September 2020. Our Trust supports boaters on the canal who have been forced into this protest action by the unreasonable behaviour of the housing developer Taylor Wimpey. The housing developers have left the canal in an appalling state and prevented … Read more

Kevin Russell donates £625 to help raise awareness of MBACT

Kevin Russell runs ABP Newport Marathon May 2018 for MBACT

Canal and countryside volunteer Kevin Russell has donated £625 to raise awareness of the Monmouthshire, Brecon and Abergavenny Canals Trust and their fight to regenerate the canals in South Wales by running the ABP Newport Marathon. The marathon took place on 29 April 2018.

Our President secures a debate in the House of Lords on the future of our Inland Waterways – March 2018

Michael German OBE

Lord German…

” My Lords, I start by thanking all noble Lords who have joined us today for this debate. I declare my interests as a member of the Inland Waterways Association and honorary president of the Monmouth, Breconshire and Abergavenny Canals Trust.
There are currently 4,700 miles of navigable waterways across England, Scotland and Wales—plus, of course, the waterways in Northern Ireland—and a further 1,800 miles of unusable waterways, 700 miles of which are proposed for restoration. The ownership and control of these thousands of miles of waterways rests with more than 100 navigation authorities. The largest manager is the Canal and River Trust, which looks after 2,000 miles, followed by the Environment Agency, which manages 650 miles.

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Newport U3As Cycling Group visit

Newport U3As Cycling Group Nov 2017

Newport U3As Cycling Group had a delightful September ride along the towpath of the Mon Brecon Canal. It was sunny but breezy as they started from Bettws Lane. The first stop was at the Ty Coch flight of locks between Newport and Cwmbran. These locks have been recently restored as part of a scheme drawn up and managed by the Mon Brecon and Abergavenny Canal Trust. Over 200 volunteers have worked on the project over the last 4 years, many gaining skills that have helped them in their search for permanent employment.

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Lower Brake Lock Reopened

Lower Brake Lock Reopened July 2016, South Wales Argus

“A Cwmbran canal lock has been re-opened after nearly 100 years thanks to restoration work by volunteers. Lower Brake Lock, on the Ty Coch section of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, is the first of six local locks to be restored to their former glory as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Waterways Project.”

Final Preparations for Ty Coch Locks Press and Dignitaries Day

Final preparations have been in progress this week at Ty Coch Locks, including fitting of gates to Tredegar Lock and testing the paddle gear on Lower Brake Lock. The trust is welcoming members of Torfaen County Borough Council, Canal and River Trust and other local organisations along with local and national press to see the first boat to pass through since 1927.

Rev. John Collier Appointed Canal Chaplain

Bishop Pain with Chaplain of the canal Revd John Collier

A chance conversation at Fourteen Locks Canal Centre led to Revd John Collier being appointed as the first-ever Chaplain to the Monmouthshire, Brecon and Abergavenny Canals Trust.

John is curate-in-charge of the Parish of Mamhilad and will be installed as Chaplain by the Bishop of Monmouth, Rt Revd Richard Pain, at a service of thanksgiving for the work of the Trust in Mamhilad church at 12 noon on 22nd February.

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