The day’s work party was greeted at our Hebron Road property – the Clydach Canal Centre – by the splendid sight of the completed stone wall and some magnificent wooden gates. The frontage now looks so much tidier, and this was further enhanced by planting up the new border. Steve also brought some sunflowers which will provide a splash of colour.

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Toby had cut the grass around the stone barge on Sunday and with the fruit trees now in full bloom, the area was looking very spring-like! Helen and Ronnie cleared weeds from stonework on top of the barge, which was, and will again be painted black to represent the coal transported along the canal. Sharon and Chris repaired a section of the barge gunwale where stones had become dislodged.

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Elsewhere Gordon and John G installed a fire hose reel inside the building for future connection. Alan T and Gordon started construction work on the end wall of the building, with Mike F and Aled mixing the mortar. Building materials were delivered both by lorry and hand!

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Tea was taken in the sun, with a cake selection provided this week by Gill.

Mark, the assessor for Keep Wales Tidy Green Flag Community Award, had a chat to Gordon about progress on the Clydach Canal Centre. He thought that it might be a good idea to produce cheap poster size signage to inform passers of what was going on. He also suggested that there should be more bins to take the pressure off our fantastic litter pickers, Mike Clarke and John Allen.

He had a nice chat with Ronnie about the success of the Canoe hire as well, of course, about the current tribulations of the roofless store.

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Martin escorted Mark to the Clydach Lock Site and he was amazed at what we had achieved, particularly the great depth of the excavation at the north end of the site. He even complemented us on the garden wall we had built and the green flag flying above the site. Next stop was the park and Martin emphasised the co-operation we have with Clydach Heritage Centre, the Friends of Coed Gwilym Park, and of course, with Glandŵr Cymru in relation to the new slipway. He would have liked to have seen inside the canoe store but Martin had no key!

After walking back for tea and cakes Mark chatted to David Morgan from Glandŵr Cymru and mentioned to him the suggestion he had made about signage and litter bins on the canal. We will hear in July if we have qualified for a green flag.

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As usual the towpath was kept well trimmed by Dave and Pete pulled some weeds and debris from the water. David Morgan from discussed a range of issues with our colleagues.

It was another productive day under the warm sun, with a good turnout of volunteers and a range of tasks that kept everyone busy, but there’s always more to do next time!