A bright and warm day saw the volunteers at three sites. Firstly, and sadly without photographic record, the “225 in 2023” sub-committee [Alan T, John Don, Ronnie, Gill & Annette] met to further plan the video that will present and promote this celebration of the first 225 years of the Swansea Canal.

The second group was at Ynysmeudwy Locks. Mike, Steve, Dave, Ronnie and John J made short work of the brash on the off-bank.

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 B2  B6

Several volunteers, including Sue, Andy, Mike and Gareth, continued to use hand tools to dredge the pound between the locks. Andy is anxiously awaiting the hatching of the crocodile eggs or, even worse, the return of the mama croc. Very hard graft, so next week we are going to have a go with Gordon’s patented bucket dredger, without Gordon being present. What could possibly go wrong? Check next week’s blog to find out!

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 D17  D18

John G, ably assisted by Paul, fixed a faulty rear light on the trailer and then unbent the hasp on the bridge across the upper end of the Lower Lock. Now the gate can once more be locked safely.

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 T2

Time for tea, cake and a chat.

Last, but by no means least, the painting continued at the Clydach Canoe Centre. Martin writes “At last a Tuesday without rain and a chance to continue the preparatory painting of the Hebron Road wall prior to it being given new life by the mural artists of the Fresh Creative Company. This time we had the means to reach the top of the wall due to Toby’s generosity in bringing along his own mini scaffold, which gave us the extra two foot of height required. Alan, Peter, Kath and Martin were able to safely and easily reach the top-most breeze blocks with their brushes and some very big pots of Storm Grey paint. The bottom courses now have had two coats and the upper courses one. Another coat for the top and we will have finished. Look at the difference it has made to the wall.”

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Yet another very productive day. The good weather was most welcome for those working outdoors. Good turn out for three important projects. Well done, everyone.