Volunteers return after the Lockdown

Before the lockdown, the Shropshire Union Canal Society had been making good progress restoring the canal between Lloyds Animal Feeds compound and Crickheath despite the heavy rain at the beginning of March.

During their absence however, the canal had quickly become overgrown and so volunteers had to start by clearing weeds and a fallen tree on the first working party which took place on 24th – 26th July.

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Canal & River Trust awards grants to local charities

Saturn on the Montgomery Canal

We are pleased to see that two charities with close connections to the Montgomery Canal have been awarded grants from the Canal & River Trust.

Thanks to donations from hundreds of people to the Canal & River Trust’s appeal to support small waterway-based charities, the Trust has been able to award £31,500 in grants shared across 43 local charities based on inland waterways in England and Wales. The Heulwen Trust in Welshpool and the Shropshire Union Flyboat Restoration Society, which looks after Saturn, the Shroppie Fly-Boat have both received awards.

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Brain of Monty quiz 2020

A photo of the quiz paper

Yes it’s back! The popular Brain of Monty quiz is back. Raising much needed funds for the ongoing restoration of the Montgomery Canal.

So once again you can have hours of fun deciphering the MONTY clues – however there is a change this year as numbers 18 and 32 have MONT in the question rather than the answer; but remember if not in the question then MONT must appear in the answer – confusing? Well don’t blame me as I have only used the tie-breaker questions from 2018. Not sure why a couple of people got it the wrong way round.

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Construction of new commercial premises near Welshpool

The lime kilns next to the Montgomery Canal in Buttington

The Friends of the Montgomery Canal have submitted their considerations to Powys County Council regarding a planning application for the construction of new commercial premises at The Moors, Buttington, Welshpool, Powys, SY21 9JR

In principle, we have no objection to the development of land between Buttington Cross and the Moors Farm and would support sympathetic developments which enhance the growth of visitor numbers to the canal.

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Restoration on the Monty due to resume

The Shropshire Union Canal Society has announced that restoration work on the Montgomery Canal is to resume following the enforced cessation due to Covid 19.

The lockdown followed an incredibly wet winter and seriously affected plans to complete the remaining dry section of the channel, to link the national network with the newly constructed winding hole terminus at Crickheath in 2021. Now, however, planning is taking place to resume activities in August, albeit, with a much more regimented and selective approach than before.

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