Today was rather windy, damp and overcast but the rain held off until early afternoon. The volunteers assembled in Coed Gwilym Park with four things on their minds: boat, branches, weed and tarpaulin. The last of these – throwing a huge tarpaulin over the gaping hole in the roof of the canoe store – was quickly postponed due to the strength of the wind, so the gang knuckled down to the other three tasks.

We have been given another splendid boat on a very sturdy trailer. The first photo was taken by Bob last week when the boat was first brought to the park. It was in quite a state, but the volunteers soon had it cleaned out. A bit more repair and restoration to the interior is needed but this has the potential to be converted to a small trip boat.

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Gill, Kath, Sharon and Sue set off upstream to cut back branches overhanging the off-bank, that they then ferried across the cut and, with Gareth’s help, stashed safely away alongside the towpath.

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Andy, Chris, Malcolm and others dragged weed, mostly that awful blanket weed, from the cut. They allowed it to drain for a couple of hours before removing the debris. It will soon rot down. Anna seems to approve of the final result.

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Alan T and Gordon hosted Glandŵr Cymru for a regular health and safety audit.

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Tea and chat, with cake provided by Alan W.

A couple of sharp showers resulted in a relatively early end to proceedings, but we went home tired and happy after another good day’s work.