Today was all about the Waterway Recovery Group that is with us all week working mostly on cleaning and repointing the chamber of Ynysmeudwy Upper Lock. The sun shone brightly and the WRG was joined by many of the regular SCS volunteers.

Two-level scaffolding and boarding was installed last week so the WRG was soon hard at work. These photos were taken on Tuesday to show what has been achieved already.

 Scaff 9  Scaff 2
 Scaff 1  Scaff 3
 Scaff 4  Scaff 6

We welcomed from the Canal and River Trust South Wales and West Area David Viner, Heritage Officer, and Caroline Kendall, Volunteer Coordinator, who came along to check on progress and offer their support and encouragement.

 CRT 1  CRT 3

Meanwhile, our own volunteers carried on with various tasks. Gordon embarked on rebuilding the water inlet at the top of the lock.

 Inlet 1

More volunteers cleaned the top stones on the off-side of the chamber.

 Stones 2  Stones 1

Rhodri and Gareth replaced the lock signs with new ones featuring the current CRT logo.

 Sign 1
 Sleepers 1

Alan and Martin cleaned the old sleepers that form the topping to the tow-path bank. These sleepers are seriously decayed. The WRG will replace some of them later in the week.

Work stopped for the day about one o’clock. Everyone returned to Coed Gwilym Park where the canoe and kayak hire was in full swing. Martin gave a brief history of the canal, lunch was taken and WRG took to the water for a relaxing end to the day.

 Lunch 2  WRG Canoe 1

This brief summary shows what was achieved on another busy day and gives a flavour of the fantastic work that WRG has done for the canal over recent years.