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03 September 2013

The appeal was launched over a year ago in an effort to raise £5000 to be used as matched funding for a Heritage Lottery bid, which would be used to rescue two iconic coraclemakers workshops before they deteriorated and disappeared into oblivion - namely those of the late Eustace Rogers at Ironbridge, and the late John Christmas Thomas in Cenarth, the home of the National Coracle Centre.

23 August 2013

Unlike last year we had sunshine and a bit of wind. The lavender ice cream man was back, as well as the regulars from the River Stour Trust who run and organise the event. We had a good selection of different craft on show. There was Dick's Teifi replica with ally lathes and green tarpaulin cover and also his new one, which is a Towy replica, using more traditional construction.

23 August 2013

The Carmathen Coracle and Netsmens Association were delighted to welcome Society members Brian and Jane Pearce to the River Towy. Joe Woodhead won the Novice trophy, donated to the Camarthen River Festival by the Society.

Article below by Carmarthen Journal

The annual event on the quayside was this year run by Carmarthen Boat Club, Gwendraeth Valley Paddlers and Carmarthen Coracle and Netsmen Association.

10 August 2013

BBC News recently posted in their Magazine a video about coracles, net fishing and handing the tradition down through the family, featuring Raymond and Malcolm Rees.

This video can be viewed on the BBC News Magazine website by clicking here

20 April 2013

Since we launched the Save Our Heritage Huts Appeal last year, we have received donations of nearly £1100, for which we are very grateful. However, we still need to raise more - in order for our bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund to be successful, we need to provide 'match funding' - for our appeal, our target is £5000.

01 December 2012

Not your normal venue for a coracle venue, but on a pleasant September Saturday, a sizable crowd gathered in Hackney Wick, East London, for an afternoon of activities on the water. 

Photos: Daniel Weill

01 December 2012

We were asked to attend the Annual Basketmakers’ Summer Meeting on 23rd June at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire where they were displaying and demonstrating traditional Welsh craft basketry.

We displayed our traditional Towy coracle and several photos of how the coracle is made and it’s history.

01 December 2012

This year’s Annual General Meeting and Regatta were held at St Fagans: National History Museum near Cardiff by kind invitation of our Archivist, Dylan Jones. After the formalities of the meeting, members were invited on a tour of the archived coracle and net fishing assets at the museum.

21 October 2012

In the 2009 Journal, Alan Grove wrote: “It is quite extraordinary that two sheds, used as coracle making workshops by two ‘famous’ coraclemen, should have a question mark hanging over their future existence at precisely the same time. They are namely that of John Christmas Thomas (‘Jack’ Thomas, 1904-1976) of Cenarth and the Rogers family workshop at Ironbridge, Shropshire, last used by the late Eustace Rogers (1915-2003).”