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WE LOOK ORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL IN THE NEW YEAR

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Latest News

LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR TOWPATH RESTORATION

 

We  were very pleased to receive the letter below from the manager of Whitethorn’s Day Centre in support of our petition.

Since Whitethorns became involved with the Swansea Canal Society in January 2014 I have seen very positive outcomes for all attending.

Our service user group can have difficulties in mixing with others due to Autism and can often exhibit behaviours which can be seen as challenging when demands are placed upon them.

The Society welcomed us with open arms and has continues to provide our service user group with very meaningful work opportunities as well as the opportunity for socialising, acceptance and making new friends. It has helped our service users develop responsibility, tolerance of others, skills and most importantly self pride and belonging. Each Tuesday our group, which includes the support staff, cannot get out of the building quickly enough to attend the planned work. This is regardless of the weather. 

I cannot over emphasise the difference that this has made to the service users involved. It has helped them to gain positive recognition from the public and be able to play a big part in the community whereas previously this would have been very difficult for them.

The work that they continue to be involved in has transformed the Clydach, Trebanos and wider area beyond expectation. This is benefitting not only local members of the Clydach and Trebanos communities but also those from far and wide. I have seen a marked increase in those using the foot paths in both sunshine and rain.

The work has also allowed local businesses to benefit and help the sustainability of the communities as well as allow for social enterprise. Some of the once lost heritage of the area is finally being restored to how it once was which is beyond cost.

Wildlife itself is also being regenerated at a time when so many other areas are being lost forever and the feeling of wellbeing when walking the path is as good a tonic as any medicine could ever be.

Without the wonderful work that the Canal Society continue to complete I believe that many lives would be so much the poorer. A request to be able to restore the lock and towpath to its once glorious self is a no brainer and any financial support would be a drop in the ocean compared to the real, long term positive difference to people’s lives the work would make. Whitethorns is unanimous in its support of the restoration work.

 

Please sign our petition to restore the towpath in the Highways Depot, Pontardawe Road, Clydach. Details of the petition are on this link :

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/ClydachTowpath

 

VISIT BY LIZ McIVOR

canal-25-10-239-2We were very pleased to welcome Liz McIvor and her family to the Swansea Canal yesterday for the first time.

Full details on the blog.

 

 

TARENI COLLIERY by Clive Reed

Tareni Colliery 1902-1949

The book is hard back and priced at £30.00, available from mid October onwards from Clive and Lynne, 01792-830782, or from lynnegent46@Gmail.com and from Clive’s stall at the Waterfront Museum Local Family History Fair on 15th October 10.00am to 4.00pm, and from The Royal Institution Book Fair at Swansea on 22nd October, 10.00am to 4.00pm, and numerous outlets in Pontardawe, Rhos, Clydach, Ystradgynlais and Ystalyfera including book signings at local libraries, and at local history society meetings. PP extra for those requiring a postal copy. This book is a must read, and we are very confident that everyone who reads this book will be captivated by it. This book will be a wonderful Christmas present for many.

Give us a ‘phone call to order your copy now.

 Clive Reed and Lynne Gent 2016

 

For full details see blog

SWANSEA CANAL HISTORY

This is an article as sent to the Swansea History Society, requested by them for their magazine, The Chronicle, by Clive Reed.

Clive Reed BA (hons) Dip Loc Hist

For full details see blog.

 

SCS VIDEOS

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgwv1-kRgQYgelFffGbmDNA
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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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Our Canoe Hire project re-opened in April and  we are grateful to have the assistance of  several very qualified volunteers to help us run it this year.  Full details are under Canoe Hire in the top drop down menu.

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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.

 

 

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