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The Week Ahead: Sunday 27th November – Saturday 3rd December 2022

Tuesday 29th November: Work Party: Those wishing to eat breakfast should meet at the Roadhouse Cafe in Clydach at 8am. Volunteers should assemble at 9am at the Clydach Canal Centre, Hebron Road, Clydach. We will tackle various tidying tasks in and around the site. The major task will be to clear the bank dropping down...

Work Party: Tuesday 22nd November 2022

Volunteers met this week at our Hebron Road site to concentrate on two main tasks – some much-needed gardening on the flower border planted during the summer, and an internal tidy up of the building that will become our Canal Centre. With our efforts having been focussed elsewhere along the canal in recent months, the...

Whitethorns Intensive Day Service – “Children In Need” Day

SCS members Gill and Gareth T, Ronnie F, John and Chris Grav and Sue E visited our friends at Whitethorns Intensive Day Service on “Children In Need” day of course! They enjoyed a cuppa and cake with our partners and their clients. Staff and service users got into the spirit by wearing pyjamas, onesies, and...

Work Party: Sunday 20th November 2022

This Sunday dawned bright and cool, which was a pleasant change from the rain of recent weeks, however it presented its own problems. Our painting plans had to be put on hold as the canoe store wall and slipway railings were cold and wet from the early dew – not paintable surfaces. Our third task,...

The Grace Darling – A Musical Interlude

  Sharon and Rob have penned a short song about the Grace Darling ferry barge. Listen to it here.

The Week Ahead: Sunday 20th – Saturday 26th November 2022

Sunday 20th November: Work Party: Those wishing to participate should meet at Coed Gwilym Park at 9am. The planned tasks for the day are a) to finish painting the black base of the canoe store, b) to continue preparing and repainting the railings alongside the canoe slipway, and c) to clean the final faces of...

Work Party: Tuesday 16th November 2022

On a balmy day in this Indian Summer, volunteers met once again at the canoe store in Coed Gwilym Park. The severe rainstorms ten days ago had left the floor muddy, smelly and damp. So it was with much of the equipment, and we took this sunny opportunity to have a good clean up. Everything...

The Week Ahead: Sunday 13th – Saturday 19th November 2022

Tuesday 15th November: Work Party: Those wishing to eat breakfast should meet at the Roadhouse Cafe in Clydach at 8am. Volunteers should assemble at 9am at the Canoe Store in Coed Gwilym Park, where we will be continuing to clean and tidy the store and its contents. There will be more work to done to...

Work Party: Tuesday 8th November 2022

On a rare day for the Canal Society it was ‘Wales Weather – 1: Tuesday Work-Party – 0′. It’s not often that our hardy volunteers are beaten by the rain, but today started wet and, predictably, got wetter! Alan T and John G met early and quickly decided that neither of the tasks planned for...

Work Party: Sunday 6th November 2022

Heavy rain once again disrupted plans for this morning’s work party at Coed Gwilym Park. Storms were promised, and they came! The Sunday Squad of Alan T, Steve H, Mike F, John Grav and Pete A nonetheless turned out, but quickly decided that only one of our planned tasks was viable. The roof scaffolding was...

The Week Ahead: Sunday 6th – Saturday 12th November 2022

Sunday 6th November: Those wishing to participate should meet at Coed Gwilym Park at 9am. The planned tasks for the day are, a) to complete the painting of the canoe store, if the roof repair scaffolding has been removed, b) to continue preparing and repainting the railings alongside the canoe slipway, and c) to begin...

Work Party: Tuesday 1st November 2022

The work today was split between two sites although, amoeba-like, the two bases swiftly splintered into several sub-sites. Though the weather was predominantly wet there was an excellent turn out and much was achieved. Sharon, Kath and Chris took drag forks from Base Camp 1 (the newly painted and re-roofed canoe store in Coed Gwilym...