The volunteers met on a lovely summer’s day in Coed Gwilym Park to tackle a variety of tasks in and around the canoe store. In no particular order:

Bob, Sue and Toby continued to fettle the newest of our collection of boats. Sue treated the wood whilst Bob and Toby carefully removed more of the cleats. Gordon cut a template for a new plywood bow panel. The boat is looking better and better, and soon will be ready for action.

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Gordon, Pete and Gareth cut up the roof panels that had been blown off in the spring gales. They stashed the pieces in our trailer ready for disposal. That looks so tidy now.

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Martin cut the grass around the garden, that is looking splendid in full bloom.

Alan, Andy and John started on the task of pulling weed from the cut upstream of the grid. There seems to be more than ever this year. Sharon and Gill took to a canoe to cut back overhanging branches.

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Time for tea and a chat. Ronnie provided the cakes, including her famous Victoria sponge with inch-thick butter icing. Just listen to those arteries hardening.

After tea, John took a canoe across the canal in order to bale out the tank. He also retrieved a tennis ball, that pleased Anna and Cerys no end.


Ronnie and Sue washed waterproof trousers and hi-vis vests.

The Final Leg: One Man’s Walk from Llandudno to Rhossili Bay

Sharon and Martin were very pleased to chance upon Peter Hayes walking the tow path as they dragged Canadian Pond Weed from the canal below Coed Gwilym Park. Peter, who lives in Durham, had travelled by public transport to Llandudno on Friday 24th June where he started his trek down the footpaths of Snowdonia and Mid Wales to the Gower Peninsula. This was the 12th day of his journey. He said he was very pleased to be walking on tarmac once again after all the muddy footpaths he had endured. He had stopped overnight at the New Swan Inn in Ystalyfera where he enjoyed a fantastic breakfast and didn’t think he would need another meal until Saturday week. He would continue his walk along the canal and the Afon Tawe into Swansea Marina and then along the Gower Coastal path to Rhossili where he will hope to cross the causeway and bathe in the sea as all good pilgrims do when they arrive at their destination. It was great to hear him attempt to pronounce Ynysmeudwy where he picked up the canal path! His return to Durham, though, he assured us, will most definitely be by bus and train! We wished him all the best for the rest of his journey.


And finally, here are a few shots of our volunteers chatting and having fun in the warm sun. Such an important part of the volunteer experience.

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What a lovely day with so much achieved. Well done everyone.