Gwent lotto winner lends helping hand to canal restoration project

VOLUNTARY DAY Ex-lottery winner Les Scadding dons hard hat and boots to help out at the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal, off Hollybush Way, Cwmbran, which is under restoration to bring the historic Welsh waterway back to life (8116057)

Monmouthshire and Brecon canal, off Hollybush Way, Cwmbran, which is under restoration to bring the historic Welsh waterway back to life (8116283)

Monmouthshire and Brecon canal, off Hollybush Way, Cwmbran, which is under restoration to bring the historic Welsh waterway back to life (8116223)

VOLUNTARY DAY Ex-lottery winner Les Scadding dons hard hat and boots to help out at the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal, off Hollybush Way, Cwmbran, which is under restoration to bring the historic Welsh waterway back to life (8116114)

First published in Gwent news

GWENT lotto winner Les Scadding rolled up his sleeves to help restore an historic canal waterway in Cwmbran yesterday.

Mr Scadding, who scooped £45.5million in the Euromillions lottery in 2009, was among a handful of Welsh winners to give up their time to join a restoration project on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal at Llantarnam.

He was taking part in the Waterworks project-led by Torfaen Council and the Monmouthshire, Brecon and Abergavenny Canals Trust. The project has received £845,500 of Heritage Lottery Fund support.

Among the tasks they carried out were cutting back vegetation, repainting stonework, building lock gates and cleaning and painting a canal work boat.

Mr Scadding, a former mechanic and lorry driver of Newport, learned some new skills cutting mortice and tenon joints in the balance beams for a pair of new timber lock gates.

Richard Dommett, regeneration manager at the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal Trust, said:“We find that volunteers never fail to recognise the potential that the canal restoration brings to local communities, contributing positively to the economic, social regeneration and the conservation of the communities’ local heritage.”

Leader of Torfaen Council, Councillor Bob Wellington said: “The canal is an important part of the heritage of south Wales, and a huge asset to Cwmbran. Its restoration will play a major role in the regeneration of the area and when it is complete it will be a valuable asset for both residents and visitors to enjoy.”

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9:52pm Sat 12 Jul 14

welshmen says...

Well done Les, top man....
Well done Les, top man.... welshmen
  • Score: 7

10:24pm Sat 12 Jul 14

BernardCCC says...

How can you be an Ex-lottery winner?
Good.on him, and all the others who gave a hand though.
How can you be an Ex-lottery winner? Good.on him, and all the others who gave a hand though. BernardCCC
  • Score: 11

10:35pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Newport2014 says...

This man should be nominated for an OBE.
This man should be nominated for an OBE. Newport2014
  • Score: -7

10:36pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Newport2014 says...

Newport2014 wrote:
This man should be nominated for an OBE.
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
This is awarded for having a major local role in any activity, including people whose work has made them known nationally in their chosen area.
[quote][p][bold]Newport2014[/bold] wrote: This man should be nominated for an OBE.[/p][/quote]Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) This is awarded for having a major local role in any activity, including people whose work has made them known nationally in their chosen area. Newport2014
  • Score: 4

11:46pm Sat 12 Jul 14

mikewelsh says...

Not even dirty, thats how lucky he is.! All the same, well done Les.
Not even dirty, thats how lucky he is.! All the same, well done Les. mikewelsh
  • Score: 4

9:51am Sun 13 Jul 14

davidcp says...

So a rich bloke who never has to work again 'gives up his time' etc.
Yes, that's a good thing. Yes, I am glad for him, he looks a lovely bloke.

But isn't it a better story when someone who is working for a living 'gives up his time' volunteering repeatedly, rather than when a 'celebrity' - who did nothing but buy a ticket (heavy calorific burn) - pops in for the day?

PR stunt. Les, don't let yourself be used for this kind of thing. You're better than that.
So a rich bloke who never has to work again 'gives up his time' etc. Yes, that's a good thing. Yes, I am glad for him, he looks a lovely bloke. But isn't it a better story when someone who is working for a living 'gives up his time' volunteering repeatedly, rather than when a 'celebrity' - who did nothing but buy a ticket (heavy calorific burn) - pops in for the day? PR stunt. Les, don't let yourself be used for this kind of thing. You're better than that. davidcp
  • Score: -11

10:10am Sun 13 Jul 14

smokintheweed says...

davidcp wrote:
So a rich bloke who never has to work again 'gives up his time' etc.
Yes, that's a good thing. Yes, I am glad for him, he looks a lovely bloke.

But isn't it a better story when someone who is working for a living 'gives up his time' volunteering repeatedly, rather than when a 'celebrity' - who did nothing but buy a ticket (heavy calorific burn) - pops in for the day?

PR stunt. Les, don't let yourself be used for this kind of thing. You're better than that.
So what do you do with your time that benefits anyone else?
[quote][p][bold]davidcp[/bold] wrote: So a rich bloke who never has to work again 'gives up his time' etc. Yes, that's a good thing. Yes, I am glad for him, he looks a lovely bloke. But isn't it a better story when someone who is working for a living 'gives up his time' volunteering repeatedly, rather than when a 'celebrity' - who did nothing but buy a ticket (heavy calorific burn) - pops in for the day? PR stunt. Les, don't let yourself be used for this kind of thing. You're better than that.[/p][/quote]So what do you do with your time that benefits anyone else? smokintheweed
  • Score: 10

5:16pm Sun 13 Jul 14

davidcp says...

OK, since you ask.

I take unpaid leave and/or use my own time to represent a professional body and its members (e.g. at governmental level) while also writing that body's journal and developing a training course which is now accredited for acceptance as a qualification by the quango licensing people in that field - all for free; and I invested my own money to get trained to teach teenagers personal development courses at a school where I was a parent governor.

Apart from that I'm quite selfish.

And I did emphasise Les was doing good; my focus was on his being used for PR and the lack of recognition given to other volunteers who do that stuff every weekend, not just once. Maybe Les does - it doesn't say.
OK, since you ask. I take unpaid leave and/or use my own time to represent a professional body and its members (e.g. at governmental level) while also writing that body's journal and developing a training course which is now accredited for acceptance as a qualification by the quango licensing people in that field - all for free; and I invested my own money to get trained to teach teenagers personal development courses at a school where I was a parent governor. Apart from that I'm quite selfish. And I did emphasise Les was doing good; my focus was on his being used for PR and the lack of recognition given to other volunteers who do that stuff every weekend, not just once. Maybe Les does - it doesn't say. davidcp
  • Score: 0

5:22pm Sun 13 Jul 14

davidcp says...

You know, I think people in comments sections have a tendency to read what they THINK has been written, based on their own preconceptions, rather than what is ACTUALLY written?
(I know I occasionally do that!)
You know, I think people in comments sections have a tendency to read what they THINK has been written, based on their own preconceptions, rather than what is ACTUALLY written? (I know I occasionally do that!) davidcp
  • Score: -1

8:45pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Robodad says...

davidcp wrote:
You know, I think people in comments sections have a tendency to read what they THINK has been written, based on their own preconceptions, rather than what is ACTUALLY written?
(I know I occasionally do that!)
David, i think that most of the people who post in the comments section don't think or don't think about what has been written, they just post their opinions regardless. Yes, i will wait for the barrage of abuse from non thinkers who will use this to take a cheap shot at me.

Good on Les, he doesn't have to give up his time to help, he could be off spending his lottery winnings somewhere warm and sunny.
[quote][p][bold]davidcp[/bold] wrote: You know, I think people in comments sections have a tendency to read what they THINK has been written, based on their own preconceptions, rather than what is ACTUALLY written? (I know I occasionally do that!)[/p][/quote]David, i think that most of the people who post in the comments section don't think or don't think about what has been written, they just post their opinions regardless. Yes, i will wait for the barrage of abuse from non thinkers who will use this to take a cheap shot at me. Good on Les, he doesn't have to give up his time to help, he could be off spending his lottery winnings somewhere warm and sunny. Robodad
  • Score: 3

2:35pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Jimport says...

Newport2014 wrote:
This man should be nominated for an OBE.
https://www.gov.uk/g
overnment/publicatio
ns/honours-how-to-wr
ite-citations

Over to you then....!
[quote][p][bold]Newport2014[/bold] wrote: This man should be nominated for an OBE.[/p][/quote]https://www.gov.uk/g overnment/publicatio ns/honours-how-to-wr ite-citations Over to you then....! Jimport
  • Score: -1

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