Newport, Shropshire



A message from Shrewsbury and Newport Canal Trust

At last it is here and you can now buy your tickets in the Telford and Wrekin Lottery (Twincl) with a chance to win £25,000 and other great prizes. And of course most importantly for every pound you spend you are contributing towards the restoration of our historic canals.

Click on the following link and it will take you directly to our own webpage from where it is a simple task to choose your numbers (remember it is a sequence of 0-9 numbers) £1 per line per week, choose as many lines as you wish, then give your own details and sign for either credit card or direct debit. It's all explained clearly on the webpage.

If you have any problems just email me at and I will do all I can to help.

Thank you one and all on behalf of Shrewsbury and Newport Canals Trust, we look forward to a bright future with your support.

Whilst writing to you can I also remind you about Easyfundraising, a very easy to use online fund raiser which allows you to raise money for your favourite charity (us!) while you shop online through a very large number of the online outlets that you are probably using already - and at absolutely no cost to yourself.

It is very easy to setup and use and you will find all the details at:

You will see that we now have 79 supporters who have so far raised £1781. Just think, if we could get all of our 1400 members to join that figure could be raised to over £40,000 - and at no cost to any of us!

So, if you haven't yet got around to joining, or you haven't been remembering to use Easyfundraising when making online purchases please check out the link above.

Again, if you have any queries about this please do email me at

And, at the moment they are running a special promotion where they are paying £4 in donations for each new person joining, that's £2 for your cause and £2 for theirs. Just follow this link:

and choose "Invite New Supporters" from the scrolling panel at the top.

Many thanks for any support you are able to give.
Alan Boney
Trustee, Shrewsbury and Newport Canals Trust


On Tuesday 29th August, members of Newport Shropshire U3A (Vicky, Cris, Pat, Sue and George), organised a Mini-Petanque morning for 39 members of Bath and Weston Turville U3A, who were staying at the Ramada Hotel and were competing in the Ironbridge Coracle Events on the Bank Holiday Monday.
The day may have been dull, but the U3A visitors waiting for us were far from that - a lively, cheery band of people keen to sample the delights of Petanque (drizzle or not!). They all gathered on the balcony overlooking the mini-terrain after breakfast and Vicky gave a short briefing on safety aspects, e.g. try not to drop a heavy metal boule on a competitors toe! and explaining a few basic techniques and rules of the competition.
It was clear that this adventurous group were competitive, having taken several challenges during their weekend away in Shropshire. Whoops, gasps and claps at the skill displayed by their friends ensued and the morning flew by with much good humour and fun. Which is exactly what our Newport U3A Petanque players get from standing out in all weathers throwing boules at the small jack every week!
The Visitors thanked us for organising the event and many were keen to set up Petanque Groups in their own U3As and perhaps invite members of Newport Shropshire Petanque Group to visit them next year.
Sue Philippe


We held an open day in The Navy Club on March 11th in an attempt to promote and advertise what the U3A is all about.
You can read a full report on the day by clicking the link on the right of this page.
Needless to say the day was a success.


We have managed to secure reciprocal arrangements with another U3A group. This being Market Drayton. This means you are allowed to join 1 of their groups without actually becoming a member of that particular U3A. This is only if there is space in the group and one of their own members does not miss out.

Official Opening of Newport to Stafford Cycle/Footpath

The cycle/footpath which follows the route of the old disused railway line was officially opened on the 25th January. The path is now part of the number 55 cycle route where walkers and cyclists can go the 14 mile journey through lovely countryside, via Haughton and Gnosall.
Members of the Newport/Edgmond walking group attended the opening and walked to Gnosall to mark the occasion.

Click on a picture below to see it full-size with more details.