Raffle Prizes for the Montgomery Canal

A new raffle has been launched by the group working to restore the Montgomery Canal towards Pant and Llanymynech.

The recent AGM of the Friends of the Montgomery Canal saw the launch of a Grand Draw with cash prizes to support the Restore the Montgomery Canal! appeal. It is hoped that the many people who have generously helped the appeal so far will support the restoration again by taking part in the raffle. Profits of the draw will pay for materials and equipment needed by the volunteers who are continuing the restoration. Tickets for this next fund-raising project for restoration can be bought online at https://themontgomerycanal.org.uk/donate/raffle-2024.

The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Montgomery Canal also reviewed all they had achieved in the past year and coming events.

The Friends group was established over twenty years ago to promote the revival of the Montgomery Canal. The canal was abandoned eighty years ago but after restoration over many years over half the canal is now open. From the experience of other canals across England and Wales the Friends know the restored canal will be a real asset for visitors and residents in local communities of Shropshire and Powys.

It had been a momentous year for the Montgomery Canal said Friends Chairman Christine Palin, with two very significant and visible restoration works. Firstly there was the re-opening of the canal to Crickheath opening a further 1½ miles of the waterway to navigation. Secondly, the raising of the new bridge at Schoolhouse which had been marked in January with a ‘roll over’ of vintage vehicles. She thanked the owners of those vehicles who took the time and trouble to prepare their vehicles and bring them along.

Said Christine: “Other regular Friends activities include guided walks along and around the canal, social meetings and a popular coracle event in Welshpool, all of which are well supported.

Friends of the Montgomery Canal AGM 2024

“The long effort to restore the canal highlights the benefits it can bring our area. The Montgomery Canal has an amazing heritage from its days as a byway of the canal network of England and Wales and a very special ecology which will be protected and enhanced as more of the canal is opened up. Reopening canals in other parts of the country has created an attraction for residents and visitors, whether on the towpath, on the water, or just watching the boats go by. The Montgomery Canal can bring these benefits to the borderlands of Montgomeryshire and Shropshire.”

You can join the Friends here.

Posted in Charity, Montgomery Canal, Pant.