Diocesan press releases

Messing About On a Boat

The Bishop of Monmouth, the Rt Revd Richard Pain took to the water on Friday to bless a new set of lock gates on the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal.

The restoration of the lock, one of five at Ty Coch in Cwmbran, was made possible by a partnership between Monmouthshire & Brecon Canals Trust, The Kennet & Avon
Canal Trust and Torfaen County Borough Council, and was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

canal2Bishop Richard was joined by the Archdeacon of Monmouth, the Ven Ambrose Mason, as he travelled through the new lock.  He then blessed the lock before making the ascent back to the top basin.

Revd John Collier is the Chaplain to the canal and he was delighted that Bishop Richard could play such a prominent role in the recognition of the new lock gates: “It was lovely to have Bishop Richard with us to bless the new lock gates. As he said during his remarks the canal is a haven of peace and serenity in our busy world, and it is so good that as chaplain to the Monmouthshire & Brecon  Canals Trust  I can be a small part of regeneration of the Canal.  This regeneration will afford the opportunity for many more people to share in that peace and tranquility, and to enjoy God’s creation within our community.”