LATEST NEWS

 

Annual General Meeting: 25th October 2017 at the Vardre Rugby Club.

AGM Notice

SCS Trustees Short Report and Accounts 2016-7

AGM 2016 Minutes

Master Accounts Canal Society 2017

SCS Trustees Annual Report 2016-7

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WRG 19.7 (2)

The Swansea Canal should be a premier visitor destination.

Swansea Canal Society is applying for Welsh Government funding to regenerate the canal between Clydach and Trebanos.

SCS volunteers are already repairing the historic structures along the waterway. If our application to the Rural Communities Development Fund is approved, contractors will dredge the water channel under the supervision of Canal & River Trust staff.

The dredging will be the next phase of our vision to regenerate the historic waterway as a premier water-based activity centre.

A beautiful but underused canal is being transformed into a major visitor destination. This will help support local businesses by raising the profile of the rural areas of Neath and Swansea as a base for tourism, with more money spent in the local economy by visitors.

With a trip boat, a small boat Festival, canoeing, disabled angling, and high-quality interpretation of our valley’s heritage, the Swansea Canal will be an exciting place to visit, as well as offering healthy lifestyle activities such as walking and cycling.

As part of the application for funding, Swansea Canal Society must show that the project will benefit the local tourism economy.

If you know anyone with a business based in the rural areas, can you please ask them to show their support for this exciting project by completing a very brief response form at:-

 

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5BXFHMF

 ABOUT THE SOCIETY

 

We are  a society run by volunteers who are all enthusiastic about maintaining, improving and restoring the canal. We are always looking for new volunteers to help us in a range of ways from administration, fundraising, working on the canal, to working on our Canoe Hire Project. All abilities and ages are welcome.

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David rescued H&S training day.                      Walkers 18.8 (9) 
If you would like to join us in any capacity, you will be given a warm welcome. Just go to the Contact Us page and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

If you feel that volunteering is not for you, then perhaps you would like to support us by becoming a member. Whatever you decide to do, please come and visit the canal and take a walk or ride along it, and enjoy its beauty and the wildlife it supports.

Thank you for looking at our website and we hope you enjoy reading our blogs, looking at our photographs and seeing what we are doing.

 

Upcoming Events

Date/Time Event
26/09/2017
9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Work Party
03/10/2017
9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Work Party
10/10/2017
9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Work Party
17/10/2017
9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Work Party
24/10/2017
9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Work Party
31/10/2017
9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Work Party
07/11/2017
9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Work Party
14/11/2017
9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Work Party
21/11/2017
9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Work Party
28/11/2017
9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Work Party

School group canoes (5)

 

TESCO : Swansea Canal Society in July/August Store Voting.

SWANSEA CANAL SOCIETY is bidding for a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. We are asking you to vote for the Society in the Tesco Pontardawe store during July and August.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Swansea Canal Society is one of three groups on the shortlist for Tesco’s store in Pontardawe.

We wish to purchase a trailer to transport canoes and kayaks.

We have been running a successful Canoe Hire facility in Coed Gwilym Park, Clydach each Sunday since April 2014. This year, the facility was also made available on Tuesdays in the summer school holidays. We have had many customers enjoying our canoes and kayaks. The canoes currently navigate between Clydach and Trebanos locks. We now wish to be able to offer canoeing on the northern section of the in-water canal, from Pontardawe to Ynysmeudwy. To do so, we require a trailer to transport the canoes and kayaks from the store in Coed Gwilym Park, Clydach to Pontardawe and beyond.

Voting is open in Tesco stores throughout July and August. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

CO-OP LOCAL COMMUNITY FUND

The Swansea Canal Society is very honoured to have been chosen as one of two local charities in the Clydach area to take part in the Co-op initiative that allows Co-op shoppers to donate 1% of their purchases of Co-op branded goods to good causes. We will be recipients of this scheme up to September 2017. We will also receive a percentage of the cost of carrier bags bought in Co-op shops (‘the carrier bag levy’).
 Below are the full details of how Co-op shoppers can participate.
Volunteers from the Society have been running a successful Canoe Hire facility in Coed Gwilym Park, Clydach each Sunday since April 2014. This year, the facility was also made available on Tuesdays in the summer school holidays. The canoes currently navigate between Clydach and Trebanos locks. We now wish to offer canoeing on the northern section of the in-water canal, from Pontardawe to Ynysmeudwy. To do so, we require a trailer to transport the canoes and kayaks from the store in Coed Gwilym Park, Clydach to Pontardawe and beyond. The canoeing facility already benefits all members of the community, both young and old. No previous experience is needed. Full safety equipment is provided and when necessary pairs of canoes can be secured together to provide a very stable platform.
Do you shop at the Co-op? Would you like to support the Society in the purchase of a trailer at absolutely no cost to yourself? The Co-op donates 1% of customer spend on Co-op branded products to local good causes. If you would like this to go to us then all you need to do is visit https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/5840/ Then sign in if you already have a Co-op online account or click Join us to create a new one. Click on the picture of canoes on the canal and accept that you want to back us. If you want to help promote us further, you can share that you are supporting us on your personal Facebook and Twitter.
Already we have raised over £500 pounds. With your support, we will soon reach our target and be able to extend our canoeing activities to our friends and supporters in Pontardawe and beyond.

SCS VIDEOS

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgwv1-kRgQYgelFffGbmDNA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDiWTl0BKps