co-op may 26th 2017IMG_20170526_093508815_HDR       The Co-Operative Society supermarket in Clydach have been very generous in  allocating us a further two days to publicise the Society in their store. This is all part of their six month sponsorship of us as one of their two chosen local charities.

Michelle and Alan, in the left hand photo, took charge of our stall yesterday (May 25th) while Gordon and Gill (right hand photo) did the honours today. We were delighted to get Carrie McCambridge, the local store manager, to join us for the photo on the right. She said,”The store and our Co-op members are delighted to be supporting the Swansea Canal Society. Our two local causes share 1% 0f the cost of all Co-op branded products bought in the store by members. The staff will also be supporting the Canal Society and Brynamman Institute, our second chosen charity, when wemake a charity climb of Pen-y-Fan on June the 4th.   We will be joined on the climb by local residents, our local PCSOs, and Canal Society members.”


Our Society is indebted to the Clydach Co-op for their enthusiastic support. The money raised by the Co-op members in the six months will go towards the cost of a canoe trailer. This will enable us to take our canoes from Coed Gwilym Park to Pontardawe so that residents there will also have access to this leisure amenity.

If you wish to contribute to the 1% Co-op scheme here are the details.

Co-op Local Community Fund – Support the Swansea Canal Society FOR FREE with just a couple of clicks!
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 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.