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Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal celebrates 200 yearsWater lilies, Five Locks Basin At the Cwmbran end of the Monmouth & Brecon Canal. © Copyright Eirian Evans and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

1st Feb 2012

In 2012 the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal will celebrate the 200th anniversary of its opening. A series of events will be held throughout the year, launching on 10 February.

In 2012 the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal will celebrate the 200th anniversary of its opening. A series of events will be held throughout the year, launching on 10 February. The celebrations will begin with the ‘ringing of the bells’, recreating the Mon & Brec’s opening ceremony 200 years ago.

Peal of church bells

A single bell will be rung by Cllr Bob Wellington, Leader of Torfaen County Borough Council and Robin Herbert, the Great, Great Grandson of Sir Benjamin Hall who gave the name of ‘Big Ben’ to the bell of the clock installed in the tower of the Houses of Parliament in 1857.

The opening ceremony will form part of a celebratory event at Pontymoile Basin between 11am and 2pm, which is open to the public. The event will include performances by pupils from West Monmouthshire School, Pontymoile Primary School, Accord Singers and St Cadocs Millennium Chimes.

The initial bell strike at 12 noon will start the Peal of Church Bells from Pontymoile Basin to Brecon in one direction and Newport and Cwmcarn in the other. hurch bells will also peal from Hay-on-Wye to Brecon. Project co-ordinator David Morgan said almost 30 churches will be creating the rippling effect between 12 noon and 7pm.

“It is fantastic to see such great community engagement and involvement to help mark this historic occasion,” David said.Skew railway bridge over Monmouth and Brecon canal.  This railway bridge carried the Abergavenny to Merthyr Tydfil railway line and is now part on National cycle route 46.  © Copyright nantcoly and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Cycle ride

Members of the public are also invited to join a cycle ride along the canal from Pontymoile to Llanfoist, listening to the bells. The group will meet at 9.30am on Friday 10 February at Llanfoist car park at the start of the railway cycle path. The ride will reach Pontymoile Canal Basin by 11.30am, and return about 3pm. Soup and hot drinks available for a donation. Please bring a helmet and appropriate clothing.

News

National Waterways Museum announces 2012 eventsEnd of the Shropshire Union canal.  The Shropshire Union canal ends at Ellesmere Port. Extensive restoration and regeneration has taken place. Part of the docks now houses the National Waterways Museum. New offices , apartments , and a hotel have also been built on the site.  © Copyright Galatas and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

31st Jan 2012

The National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port has announced details of its 2012 programme of events. As usual, the museum, located on the Shropshire Union Canal, will be hosting the popular Easter Boat Gathering, along with a host of other events throughout the year.

This is the second year that the Easter Gathering will be joined by a Sea Shanty Festival, with performances by traditional musicians.

Canal open day

The first event of the year is the ever-popular Model Boat Fair, on March 3-4. This year there will also be the chance to see one of the museum’s historic locks from the inside. British Waterways will be on site replacing a lock gate and will be holding an Open Day, where visitors can see the work being carried out.Canal boats within Ellesmere Port Boat Museum.  Museum Buildings in the background.  © Copyright David Anstiss and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Warriors and Washerwomen is a new event for May 12 -13, which will see the museum becoming home for the weekend to historical re-enactors from the Roman era to WWII. Visitors will be able to see demonstrations and learn about several periods of Cheshire’s past.June 16-17 will see a fascinating Craft and Classic Car Fair.

Beer festival

October’s Beer Festival (October 12-14), organised in conjunction with Titanic Brewery, is a chance to real ale fans to try some of the finest craft beers in the museum’s unique surroundings.

Marketing Manager Oliver Briscoe said: “We’re excited about our programme for this year; there is really something for everyone. We’ve got some successful events taking their place on the calendar for us, some new events which we hope will establish themselves and some which are finding their feet.

“The museum itself is a unique site which is well worth a visit but coming to see us on one of our special event days just gives you something extra.”

For a full list of events at the National Waterways Museum, visit waterscape’s event pages and search for ‘Ellesmere Port’.

National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port.  The closest funnel is on the steam tug Kerne – preserved and workable.  The red “woodbine” is on the dredger Mannin 2 – last heard of on her side at Weston Point Dock, Runcorn and will possibly be a total loss.  The blue and white banded funnel is on steam tug and directors’ vessel Daniel Adamson – currently undergoing a full scale restoration in Liverpool.  © Copyright Chris Allen and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.



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