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The Week Ahead: Sunday 26th May – Saturday 1st June 2019

Sunday 26th May: Canoes & Kayaks for hire at Coed Gwilym Park, Clydach. First hire 10:30am, last hire 2:30pm. Cost of 45 minute hire: Canadian canoe £10; Raft (two canoes) £15; Single kayak £5, Double kayak £8. Full details and conditions under “Canoe Hire” on this website. Tuesday 28th May: Work party meets at Brownster’s...

Work Party: Tuesday 21st May 2019

On a beautiful sunny morning, we fielded a team of twelve regular volunteers plus two new faces, Charles and Steve, from CGI in Bridgend. As Gordon was sunning himself in Croatia, John G. took up the reins and split us into five groups: (1) Pontardawe Michelle, Paul and Elle busied themselves around the Herbert Street...

The Week Ahead: Sunday 19th – Saturday 25th May 2019

Sunday 19th May: Canoes & Kayaks for hire at Coed Gwilym Park, Clydach. First hire 10:30am, last hire 2:30pm. Cost of 45 minute hire: Canadian canoe £10; Raft (two canoes) £15; Single kayak £5, Double kayak £8. Full details and conditions under “Canoe Hire” on this website. Tuesday 21st May: Work party meets at Brownster’s...

Work Party: Tuesday 14th May 2019

On a lovely warm and sunny morning eighteen eager volunteers were up at Ynysmeudwy Upper Lock this week to continue repairing the stonework on the by-wash. A mix of lime mortar was soon prepared and the team got to work. Volunteer Gareth the Younger is getting very proficient with the pointing trowel, and was soon...

The Week Ahead: Sunday 12th – Saturday 18th May 2019

Sunday 12th May: Canoes & Kayaks for hire at Coed Gwilym Park, Clydach. First hire 10:30am, last hire 2:30pm. Cost of 45 minute hire: Canadian canoe £10; Raft (two canoes) £15; Single kayak £5, Double kayak £8. Full details and conditions under “Canoe Hire” on this website. Monday 13th May: Monthly business meeting of the...

Work Party: Tuesday 7th May 2019

On a day that started out a bit chilly but warmed up nicely later on, sixteen eager volunteers headed up to Ynysmeudwy Upper Lock to continue work on the by-wash. This is Lock No. 13 on the Swansea Canal and a nearby canal milepost gives a distance of 9¾ miles from Swansea. The lock is...

And The Walls Came Tumbling Down: Friday 3rd May 2019

Gordon and his merry band of contractors spent a long day in the site of the Buried Lock in Clydach demolishing many of the sustantial walls left over from the days of the Council Depot. Here are a few before and after photos plus the heavy plant used and the gang relaxing after an exhausting...

Work Party Tuesday 30th April 2019

This week a fifteen-strong volunteer team headed up to Ynysmeudwy Upper Lock to continue work on the by-wash. Volunteers Gareth and Martin got to work cleaning up the pointing on the by-wash walls. This lock is a typical example of the fine workmanship carried out around 1796 when this canal was constructed. We have in...

The Week Ahead: Sunday 5th – Saturday 11th May 2019

Sunday 5th May: Canoes & Kayaks for hire at Coed Gwilym Park, Clydach. First hire 10:30am, last hire 2:30pm. Cost of 45 minute hire: Canadian canoe £10; Raft (two canoes) £15; Single kayak £5, Double kayak £8. Full details and conditions under “Canoe Hire” on this website. Tuesday 7th May: Work party meets at Brownster’s...

The Week Ahead: Saturday 27th April – Saturday 4th May 2019

Saturday 27th April: This month, Michelle will be leading her Sunday work party on Saturday! Work commences at 9.00am to do some weeding along the canal in Pontardawe from Herbert Street bridge down to the aqueduct. Sunday 28th April: Canoes & Kayaks for hire at Coed Gwilym Park, Clydach. First hire 10:30am, last hire 2:30pm....

Work Party Tuesday 23rd April 2019

This week the volunteer team headed down to Lock No.7 ‘The Hidden Lock’ in Clydach to continue cleaning the site. Volunteer Gordon got to work with his chainsaw and carefully cut up an old telegraph pole to create a border for a semi-permanent rockery. Young volunteers Rhys and Isaac brought along their own ‘heavy plant’...

Work Party Tuesday 16th April 2019

This week the threat of imminent rain meant a change to the planned activity, but fifteen eager and suitably attired volunteers headed down to Lock No.7 ‘The Hidden Lock’ in Clydach where there were tasks aplenty for one and all. Volunteers ‘woodchip’ Bob and Gareth set to work on completing the implement store. They cut...