VISIT OF THE HIGH SHERIFF OF SHROPSHIRE TO NEWPORT

Visit of the High Sheriff of Shropshire to Newport

The High Sheriff of Shropshire, Charles Lillis and his wife, Veronica, visited Newport today. The visit was hosted by Newport Town Mayor, Cllr Lyn Fowler, who was kind enough to invite me too, as the High Sheriff wanted to know more about the Newport Canal and the work our Trust has been doing to restore it.

Here is a photo of (from L to R) Cllr Tim Nelson, myself, Veronica Lillis, the High Sheriff and Cllr Lyn Fowler, Mayor of Newport at Meretown Lock, looking west to the Wrekin in the distance. From here we went to the Black Shed and walked along the re-surfaced towpath to Tickethouse Lock.

The High Sheriff showed great interest in and enthusiasm for the canal’s restoration and complimented the Trust volunteers on their efforts.

 

 

 

 

 


Local Plan adopted by Council

The Telford and Wrekin Local Plan was officially adopted by the Council on 11 January 2018.  You can see the plan at www.telford.gov.uk/localplan.

The Inspector, Mr Michael Hetherington,  at the Examination of the Local Plan, proposed that the following wording should be included: "The Council will safeguard the alignment of the Shrewsbury and Newport Canals (as shown on the Policies Plan) with a view to their long-term re-establishment as navigable waterways by:


i. Not supporting development likely to destroy the canal alignment or its associated structures


ii. Ensuring that when the canal is affected by development the alignment is protected or an alternative alignment provided.”


BERWICK WHARF

Bernie Jones spoke with Colin Morris, a Ranger with the National Trust at Attingham Park on Saturday, 13th January 2018. He is responsible for clearing scrub and trees from the Berwick Wharf and the walls of the bridge. As you can see from the photographs, our canal is still very much there and is in water! Colin told him that he plans further clearance of both banks in the near future. Indeed, it may be possible for our volunteers to work with his team on the section that passes through NT land.

 

December 2017

The SNCT has been awarded a Telford @ 50 grant of £1,700 from Telford & Wrekin Council. This is for the design and creation of 4 or 5 free-standing and portable interpretation panels about the life and works of Thomas Telford and how this relates to the town named after him 50 years ago next year.

They will be unveiled at an event (possibly our AGM) with period actors who could play Telford and another character. The panels will then go on a roadshow at events celebrating the year with whoever would like to borrow them and are able to transport them between various venues.

ecology information board at Newport

This is Bernie Jones, Chairman of the SNCT, with the new information display board installed at Newport on 2nd December 2017.

The photo was taken by Tim Nelson, who is a Newport Town Councillor and a Telford and Wrekin Councillor. He is planning to arrange for the current Mayor of Newport (Cllr Lynn Fowler) to perform an "unveiling ceremony" and will make this the first small step on the road to his plan for improving the canal tow path, installing lock gates in Town Lock and getting the canal dredged. Funding has been provided for this from Newport town Council.

November 2017

 

We took our stand to the CRT Annual Showcase Event.  Richard Parry CEO of the CRT was impressed with what the SNCT has achieved and our stand was voted the Best in Show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the weekend 15/16/17th Sept the trust had a stand at Maesbury Marsh. Alistair Price and Chas Warren took their narrowboats to moor on site and compliment the trust gazebo which had a good position at the entrance. While attendance was lower than expected, the stand attracted a lot of interest and the sacks of fire logs which were offered for sale for the first time sold out. Chas Warren took along his coracle which attracted a lot of attention with a few people testing their skill. After clearing up the trust site and putting away the equipment members enjoyed a nice cup of tea in the evening sun which sadly had been in short supply most of the weekend.

THE SHREWSBURY & NEWPORT CANALS TRUST has been given

THE QUEEN'S AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE

This is a great pat on the back for all our wonderful volunteers and recognition of our achievements so far.

 

The presentation of the QAVS citation and crystal by Sir Algernon Heber-Percy, the Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire took place at Wappenshall on 14th August 2017 followed by a barbeque for the members of the Trust.

Work party leaders receiving citation and crystal

the citation and crystal

The Lord Lieutentant visiting the transhipment building

Cindy Jones & Anne Jones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The photos were taken by Alan Harding

The Queen's Award Office has created a limited edition crystal gift available to purchase exclusively by winning volunteer and organisation members.

Once again the AGM was a great success thanks to the organisers and the volunteers who worked so hard to prepare the site and buildings.  The speakers were fascinating, the food was enjoyed by all who partook and the weather was kind.

The picture below shows from left to right: John Freeman (SNCT Trustee), Professor Timothy Peters (first guest speaker), Bernie Jones, (SNCT Chairman), Julian Glover (second guest speaker and author of "Man of Iron"), Mark Cuthbert-Brown (Lord Lieutenant's Office).

AGM 2017

The weekend of 21/22 January 2017 saw the London Waterway Recovery Group come to assist our band of SNCT volunteers at Sundorne once again.

WRGies at Shrewsbury Jan 2017

A great deal of work was done to improve the appearance of the section behind the Sports Village. Dead trees were removed from the water, intrusive brambles and branches were cut back along the towpath and the laid hedge on the river Severn side was cleared to let light in to regenerate its growth.

A “Meet and Greet” station was set up to offer passing members of the public a cup of tea and piece of cake. This went down well and some much-needed funds were generated and some possible new members recruited. Well done to all our members that turned out – and outnumbered the WRGies again!

Welcome tent for WRG visit Shrewsbury Jan 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jennie & Tony Perks doing their "shift" on the Welcome Station. Note all the wonderful cakes that members supplied to go with tea and coffee for both workers and members of the public.

This was taken today 22 January and is of our valiant member Mike Jones who managed to help ex-Mayor Cllr Tim Nelson, make some progress with the restoration of our canals. This is Town Lock, Newport, that once again needed clearing of vegetation. However, this time some of the ugly gravel, in which the weeds get a hold, was also removed to enable the lock to look more like it did when it was in use. This is the first step in bigger plans to restore the appearance of the lock - in the near future!
Bernie Jones