Getting ready for Festival boat trips
Cruising from Town Wharf towards the Welshpool lock
Heulwen III in the countryside;
Passing the museum in Welshpool
Will she get round?
Winding around at the town wharf
It began in 1975 when the Prince of Wales' Committee in partnership with The Variety Club of Great Britain, arranged for the apprentices of Cammell Laird to build a 70ft canal boat specially designed to carry disabled children. It is thought to be a world first! It was named HEULWEN, which is Welsh for 'Sunshine' and was launched by HRH the Prince of Wales. The scheme was set up to last ten years, after which local people would assume responsibility to continue the good work.
The Heulwen trust was formed in 1985 to take on this task under the Chairmanship of Claude Millington (he sadly died in 2004). It continues to be enthusiastically run by a team of volunteers. Our main source of day to day funding is from our annual Country and Western Music Festival. If you are interested in our festival please see the separate Festival web site http://www.countrywestern.org.uk/. In addition we have been lucky enough to have received legacies funding from the estates of a number of enthusiastic supporters of our work.
In 1993 we took delivery of a second 70ft. narrow boat which was launched and named Heulwen II by Prince Charles in May of that year.
In 2008 Heulwen I was more than thirty years old and becoming more and more difficult to maintain. We decided to commission a new boat and took delivery of Heulwen III "Silver Lady" in June 2009 (and said goodbye to Heulwen I having given us 34 years of service). I wonder if any of the Cammell Laird apprentices ever realised how much pleasure their efforts had given to so many.
Montgomery canal is one of those jewels that is isolated from the main network of canals (although work is being done to reconnect but we fear that is many years away. For information about the progress do have a look at the web site for the Friends of Montgomery Canal web site . For more information about the Montgomery Canal Pete's Montogmery Canal is a hive of information. The best site to cover the whole of the canal system is the Canal Junction and they have a section on the Monty
Until the dry section at Pant is back in water, there are few boats travelling up and down the canal in Montgomeryshire. It is unusual for us to meet other boats although we pass a couple moored up in the length we use.
If you want to have an idea of the scenery have a look at Alan Wilding utube clip "Weekend Crusing at Welshpool" where he shows Heulwen III on a trip to Brithdir and The Horseshoes. On the way he interviews our Chairman about the Trust.
If you want to follow a nature trail through Welshpool have a look at the Canal and River Trust web site for montgomery-canal-trail
For things to do in Welshpool you can't go far wrong by having a look at the Welshpool Tourist Information Centre "Visit Welshpool" website where you will also find details of accommodation available in the area. Lots to see and do or stay at visit mid wales
The Charity's registered no. is 1010813 and address is
Gungrog Farm Welshpool Powys SY21 9HW.
Secretary (inc bookings) Jenny Maddox,
10 Bryn Glas, Welshpool, SY21 7TL. 01938 554810
Chairman David Corfield,
Gungrog Farm, Welshpool, SY21 9HW 07885 484228
Boatmen Emergency Telephone numbers
Heulwen II 0797 388753 or Heulwen III 0797 4573498