Society makes donations to two Welsh coracle groups

06 May 2018

The Society was joined by the Teifi Coracle Netsmen's Association at last year's BBC Countryfile Live. Whilst they were happy to take part in our activities, getting the public (and a Countryfile presenter!) out on the water, they were concerned about damage caused to their personal, traditionally made, working coracles through the number of guests on the water.

With the Teifi netsmen, and their counterparts on the Towy, getting involved with more public events and television appearances (recent series have included BBC's 'Britain Afloat' and Channel 5's 'Tales from the Coast with Robson Green), your committee wanted to do something to enable these groups to participate in public events and preserve their personal, working craft.

The committee we delighted to award a grant of £500 each to the Carmarthen Coracle Netsmen's Association and the Teifi Coracle Netsmen's Association earlier this year. These grants will enable each organisation to have one of their traditional craft made in fibreglass (much more durable than traditional wood and canvas!) by Arrowcraft Engineering in the West Midlands, who are already known for their fibreglass Ironbridge coracles. These two coracling organisations can put the public out on the water in the fibreglass craft, keeping their personal craft for display and demonstration