Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and scheduled AGM 2020 was replaced by a Virtual AGM carried out by email and social media. The report of this virtual meeting can be found at:
Minutes of AGM 2019
The group met for our seventh AGM on 14th March, 2019.
Thanks for donations
We have recently received two generous cash contributions to the River Severn Custodians. These will help us continue with our work on and near the river by buying equipment for our monitoring and clean up work.
Our grateful thanks go to Noel and Linda Owen of Neo Fabrication & Erection Ltd, Tregynon and to Ian Williams of the Elephant and Castle, Newtown.
Well done Peter, Chair of the Custodians in arranging these important donations.
Minutes of AGM 2018
The group met for our sixth AGM on 6th March, 2018.
We recently received a generous cash donation from the local company, Neo Fabrication of Tregynon. Many thanks to them and to Peter Harris who arranged this transaction.
Minutes of AGM 2017
The group met for our fifth AGM on 30th March, 2017.
Minutes of AGM 2016
The group met for our fourth AGM on 25th February, 2016.
Newtown Food Festivals
River Severn Custodians man a stall at the Newtown Food Festival on the Sunday of the two day event. The stall is always well attended and popular with children who come to see the river critters. We usually have American Signal Crayfish and river fly larvae on display and samples of Himalayan balsam to taste. Thanks to all who attend for making this such a good day out and publicizing our activities.
Minutes of AGM 2015
The group met for our third AGM on 12th March 2015.
Cooperation with Pen y Gloddfa primary school
We recently made contact with this local school who want to get involved in our activities. They prepared some posters relating to the river that we display at the Food Festival in September. We made a presentation to the school to tell them about the river, our interest in it and the activities that we carry out.
Minutes of AGM 2014
The group met for our second AGM on 20th March 2014.
Minutes of committee meeting, July 22nd 2013
The RSC committee met on 28th March, 2013.
We make an annual assault on the dreaded Hogweed, especially at the Mochdre Brook. We seem to be winning this battle slowly but need to keep up the pressure on this persistent pest. All are welcome to help and necessary equipment will be provided.
County Times Friday May 10th, 2013
See page 13 for a write up of our recent river clean up, submitted by Sue Newham.
Hate Hogweed May 4th, 2013
Today a dedicated RSC team tackled the Giant Hogweed near the Mochdre Brook. This is the area that we tackled twice last year and it's good to report that we are making progress. The infestation is definitely less this time. The proof will be when we re-visit the area later in the year. We were glad to welcome two new members, Abbie and Jasmine, to this event. They joined in wholeheartedly to tackle this dangerous invasive plant.
River clean up May 1-3, 2013
The clean up took place over 3 days with RSC and Keep Wales Tidy wading into the water and using grappling hooks. We concentrated on rubbish actually in the river and took out over 1.5 tons including bikes, scooters, many long metal bars, sleeping bag, car battery, Argos catalogues and sundry other items.
After finishing the Friday clean up, crossing the Halfpenny Bridge, we noticed that another childs' scooter had taken the place of the wheelbarrow taken out the day before.
Change to river clean up
We have now changed this clean up to Thursday morning at 10am, not Wednesday. Sorry for the change. Other details remain the same.
Rubbish in the river
Since the water is now so low, I pulled the wheelbarrow and the sheet of metal near the Halfpenny Bridge out of the river. The water was too deep for my wellies to get to the kid's bike. Sue Newham, Paula and I are going to complete the removal exercise, with waders on, from this stretch of the river Wednesday. We're meeting at 10am under the Halfpenny Bridge at 10am and would welcome a few more bodies if anyone is available and interested. Sue will arrange for PCC to take all this junk away so it doesn't just end up back in the river.
The next assault on the now re-growing Giant Hogweed near the Mochdre Brook has been re-scheduled for Saturday 4th May starting at 10 am. All are welcome please let us know if you plan to attend.
Meeting to prepare a stall for Newtown Carnival
There will be a meeting to discuss the Custodians' involvement in the Newtown Carnival on 25th April, 7 pm at Roseholme. This meeting will be to organise members to publicise our activities and raise the awareness of the general public of the fantastic resource we have here in Newtown. All are welcome to attend the meeting and to join us on Carnival day, June 8th, 2013.
RSC Committee member guides school rafting trip
Jim Jayes, a new committee member of the Custodians, is donating a raft and guiding a school trip from Newtown to Gloucester. The trip, by staff and pupils of Ysgol Cedewain, is to raise funds for off-site activities such as horse riding and boating. They plan to launch from Dolerw Bridge on July 23rd and the trip is planned to take 10 days.
County Times May 5th 2013
Take a look at page 13 in this weeks’ County Times. There’s a piece there about our recent success in the Tidy Wales contest, together with a picture of the award presentation. Well done all the Custodians that contributed to our first great year. New members are always welcome.
Cancellation of Hate Hogweed
The Hate Hogweed on 13th April is now cancelled due to the slow rate of growth of the plant in this cold weather. Our efforts will be more effective if we schedule the event, probably in a few weeks time.
The next assault on the now re-growing Giant Hogweed near the Mochdre Brook will take place on Saturday 13th April starting at 10 am. All are welcome please let us know if you plan to attend.
The RSC committee met on 28th March, 2013.
As required by our constitution, we need to hold an AGM within a year of foundation. We have agreed that this should be on Thursday 21st March, 2013 at 7.00. The venue is the Council Chambers, The Cross, Newtown.
Tidy Wales Award
1st March 2013
Dydd Gwŷl Dewi hapus I chi I gyd! – Happy Saint David’s Day to you all!
The River Severn Custodians were short listed for an award in the New Community Group category in the annual Tidy Wales Awards. We attended the ceremony in Cardiff on 27th February, 2013. We did not win the award but did well to get to the final of these strongly contested awards. The winner in our category was a group from the Cathay High School, Cardiff who have been helping non-native English speakers to improve their fluency.
Paula Scott and Mike Davies receiving the certificate from John Griffiths, Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development. The other person in the photograph is a representative of the sponsoring company, Helping Hands.
Well done to all members who made our first year so successful.