The fourth week of local measures in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot necessitated two work parties. At least the weather was kind.

Pontardawe

The tasks remained the same, Herbert Street was in sight. Mike climbed into the canal, clearing the side wall, as Paul collected the vegetation. David with a large pair of loppers, removed overhanging branches to increase the head space. Ronnie tidied the edge of the towpath, sweeping the path as she worked. Paul made sure we all remained safe whilst we shared the space.

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John was beaten to it with litter collection as “How Green is My Valley” cleared a couple of days ago. So just one bag was his collection. Tea break was the usual hand washing, tea and chocolate roll. As we worked we chatted to walkers, we all wished each other well.

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Clydach

As for the last few weeks, work was in and around the Hidden Lock site. The main task was to build the wall around Martin’s garden. Gareth the Elder was soon doing what he does best – mixing concrete. Gordon and Sue got stuck in to building the wall and a nice group photo completed the morning’s work.

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Martin supervised from on high.

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Gill and Andy tidied the area in front of the site office. What a picture she makes!

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Pete cleared masses of fallen leaves from the tow path and in the compound, ably(?) assisted by Anna and Cerys. Later, Andy helped him to clear yet more leaves from the weir.

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 J&B2

John and Bob retrieved more shelving from the old council buildings. The only photographic evidence seems to be showing them trying to escape but, in fact, they are securing the gate.

The best news of the day came at tea time. David Morgan from the Canal & River Trust visited us and announced that the Trust has generously awarded us £5,000 to help fund the publication of the definitive history of the Swansea Canal that is currently being written by Stephen Hughes. Good news indeed.

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A great day in Clydach and Ponty with great news from CRT, but this will be the last volunteering session for at least two weeks as Wales returns to full lock down. Stay safe everyone – we will be back soon.