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For the latest Restoration work party reports click here

 

2016

October '16

£2.53m HLF grant for Montgomery Canal restoration

Click to read report

 

October '16

For Sale: Saturn on Pontcysyllte Aqueduct by Dusty Miller, number 35/50

Saturn 500

This signed, framed print has been donated to SUCS and is offered for sale to raise money for the Society's funds.
Commemorating the restoration of the Shropshire Union Fly Boat Saturn and the bicentenary of the opening of the world famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in 2005, Saturn is depicted as working on the Llangollen Fly c 1910. Restored to this livery, she led the official celebratory parade of boats across the aqueduct on 26 November 2005.
Please send offers to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by the end of November.

 

October '16

£1000 raised for Mongomery restoration at Society AGM

John Dodwell, Chair of the Montgomery Canal Partnership, gave an excellent talk following the Society's AGM. He then suggested that we hold a collection for restoration funds as the offers of two generous sponsors meant that the sum collected would be quadrupled! Just over £250 was collected in the hall, meaning that the project benefited by over £1000. John borrowed Rich's infamous hat for the collection; Rich seemed pleased with the description (of his hat) as iconic, but less so with the description of "revolting"!

 

2015

July '15

The Society will be holding an open event adjacent to the site at the next work party on 15/16 August. Volunteers will be on hand to explain the work and the famous work party tea and cakes will be in evidence! This event will appeal to anybody who is thinking of volunteering or is just interested in the restoration, or who fancies a pleasant walk along the towpath and a piece of cake!

 

June '15

The Whitchurch Waterway Trust have made it to the shortlist of 3 to become Sainsbury's Whitchurch branch Local Charity of the Year. The winning charity will organise fundraising events in which Sainsbury's volunteers will participate, together with the charity's volunteers. Vote online at www.sainsburyslocalcharity.co.uk using the postcode SY13 1NJ between 15th and 28th June or take a slip and drop it in a box in the store's entrance - no purchase is necessary.

 

February '15

Please complete this short survey in support of C&RT's grant application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the restoration of the Montgomery Canal. The consultation period will last until the end of March.

 

2014

November '14

Montgomery Canal HLF bid consultation meetings launched

C&RT have announced public consultation meetings in support of the grant application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the restoration of the Montgomery Canal. The meetings are to be held in the Corn Exchange, Welshpool Town Hall between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm on Friday 21 November and between 5:00 pm and 7:30 pm on Tuesday 25 November.

 

July '14

Redwith section re-opens

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May '14

Fourth issue of Montgomery Canal News published

Montgomery Canal News Issue_02

Click to download in pdf form

 

January '14

Visitors to Redwith

Over the past few months the Society’s restoration site at Redwith has been visited twice by members of the Board of the Canal and River Trust to view progress of the works. The first visit on 20th November included Trustees and Directors of C&RT and North Wales & Borders Waterway Partnership.
On 31st January we had a visit for the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Rt. Hon. Owen Patterson, MP for North Shropshire, together with C&RT Chairman Tony Hales and Chief Executive Richard Parry.

Canal River Trust January 2014 Montgomery Canal - Mike Friend Pat Wilson Tony Hales David Carter Owen Paterson Richard Parry
Members of the party at Redwith on 31st January - photo courtesy of C&RT

 

January '14

Fourth edition of C&RT Enterprise Team News published

C+RT_NW+B_Enterprise_Team_News_Issue_03

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2013

October '13

£160k HLF grant for Montgomery Canal restoration

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April '13

Third issue of Montgomery Canal News published     Third edition of C&RT Enterprise Team News published

Montgomery Canal News Issue_03   C+RT_NW+B_Enterprise_Team_News_Issue_03

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March '13

Canal & River Trust North Wales and Borders Enterprise Team News

The Enterprise Team for the Llangollen, Montgomery, SU Main Line and Middlewich branch have produced two newsletters covering recent developments in the area.

October 2012        January 2013

C+RT_NW+B_Enterprise_Team_News_Issue_01   C+RT_NW+B_Enterprise_Team_News_Issue_02

Click to download in pdf form

 

2012

March '12

Revolutionary New Liner System Stretches Barrow of Boulders Money

A UK, and possibly world first, took place at Redwith on the Montgomery Canal at the beginning of March 2012. The restoration volunteers of the Shropshire Union Canal Society became the first to use a brand new canal lining material which has many benefits, including reduced cost. Fully approved by British Waterways, this new material is likely to become the standard lining for restoration and repair work throughout the network.

Lining

For more details see:

The March 2012 Restoration report

The Barrow of Boulders page

 

2011

December '11

Redwith hedge-laying commended by the Oswestry and District Agricultural Society

The Society has received a letter of thanks for our work laying the hedge at Redwith. The hedge had been entered in the hedge-laying competition at the Oswestry Show.

 

July '11

Second issue of Montgomery Canal News published

Montgomery Canal News Issue_02

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June '11

Future of the inland waterways
The Society has made a response to Defra’s consultation document on the future of the inland waterways

Click to see the full text

 

June '11

Proposed overhead electricity power lines

The Society has made a submission to the National Grid regarding the proposed overhead electricity power lines across mid-Wales and Shropshire

Click to see the full text

 

May '11

S.U.C.S. in Print

The June 2011 issue of the Towpath Talk newspaper featured a report on the Spring 2011 Enhancement work party.

To read the article online, see the Towpath Talk website and click on Digital Issues or go directly to their back issues.
Then click the Editions button, go to Issue 68 and turn to page 12.

 

The Society also assisted in preparing a BW press release concerning forthcoming restoration work on the Montgomery Canal by ourselves and W.R.G.

More details of W.R.G.'s plans can be found in Issue 246 of their journal Navvies, page 25

Page 23 of the same issue contains a letter which is very complimentary of the Society's various efforts.

 

January '11

S.U.C.S. wins BW Volunteer Recognition Award

BW North Wales & Borders Area's Volunteer Recognition Award for 2010 was presented to the Society on January 27.

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Click to read more

 

2010

September '10

Society receives the IWA Christopher Power Prize

The Christopher Power Prize is awarded by the Inland Waterways Association to the person, society or trust which has made the most significant contribution to the restoration of an inland waterway.
In 2010 the Prize is shared between the Society, for its work on the Shropshire Union system including the Montgomery Canal, and to Colin Turner of the River Gipping Trust for his work on the River Gipping.

The award, a wooden carving of an otter, was presented at the IWA's AGM, held this year in Market Drayton.

IWA Christopher Power Prize 2010

 

September '10

Boulders from Saturn!

Historic horse-drawn fly-boat Saturn was on the Montgomery Canal in August for the Maesbury Canal Festival. On the Sunday morning, Saturn made the short trip from Maesbury to Redwith to deliver a barrow of boulders to the Society's restoration volunteers. The Barrow of Boulders appeal has so far raised enough to purchase just over half of the materials needed to line the stretch beyond Redwith Bridge to Pryces Bridge. The normal limit of navigation is Gronwen Bridge; Saturn was allowed to continue to Redwith along the stretch rewatered in 2007 and had to return to Gronwen stern first.

Saturn at Redwith

Saturn sits with its bows against the dam at Redwith Bridge

 

July '10

First issue of Montgomery Canal News published

The Society and BW jointly have produced a newsletters covering recent developments on the canal.

Montgomery Canal News Issue_01

Click to download in pdf form

 

 

January '10

Waen Wen hedge-laying commended by the Oswestry and District Agricultural Show

Click to see the Waen Wen hedge-laying work party report

 

2009

October '09

Anniversary celebrations feature in the Sheriff's blog

Click to read the Sheriff's blog

 

October '09
New history of Montgomery Canal restoration published

Click to see the article

 

March '09
BW donates dumper

BW has donated an Ausa 1200 kg payload tracked dumper to the Society.

Four members of the group will be trained for tracked dumper operation prior to the April work party.

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February '09
Waen Wen hedge-laying features in Shropshire Star

The Shropshire Star featured the Society's hedge-laying group on the 12th of February.

Andrew will do anything to get his picture in the paper

Click on the cutting to see enlarged image

 

2008

September '08
S.U.C.S. wins Volunteer Recognition Award from BW

BW Wales & Border Counties presented their Volunteer Recognition Award for 2008 to the Society at the Ellesmere Festival

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2007

November '07

S.U.C.S. Volunteers on Hedge-laying Course

Seven Society members are taking advantage of BTCV hedge-laying courses in conjunction with British Waterways at various weekends during the winter.

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Paul Mills and Richard Hall, with Matt Kent from BW, with their handiwork at the latest of the courses.

 

May '07

Newhouse Lock restoration wins Welsh Project of the Year at R.I.C.S. awards

RICS Award

Click to read more

 

2006

June '06
Newhouse Lock re-opens

Click to read more

 

January '06
Restoration to Redwith wins £575k grant from HLF

Confirmation was received on January 5th from the Heritage Lottery Fund that the bid for £575,000 has been successful. This grant will enable work to start on the restoration of the dry section of the Montgomery Canal south from Gronwen starting this summer.

The Society expects to start work at the same time on the restoration of Crickheath Wharf and the winding hole there as part of the same project.