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The Week Ahead: Sunday 26th September – Saturday 2nd October 2021

Sunday 26th September: Canoes & Kayaks for hire at Coed Gwilym Park, Clydach. First hire 10am, last hire 2pm. Cost of 45 minute hire: Canadian canoe £10; Raft (two canoes) £15; Single kayak £5, Double kayak £10. Full details and conditions under “Canoe Hire” on this website. Please note that canoe and kayak hire may...

The Buried Lock and the Slipway – Further Work

Work continues apace in the Hidden Lock site and Coed Gwilym Park. A sturdy security fence is in place at the top end of the newly excavated channel.   In Coed Gwilym Park, the spoil from the Hidden Lock site has been tamped firmly, to provide a base for the diversion to the tow path...

Work Party: Tuesday 21st September 2021

Today’s volunteers met as a single work party at our new building in Hebron Road. With the weather looking very promising, painting was the order of the day. A high breeze block wall at one end of the area has been chosen for a mural which will one day depict a canal scene from days...

The Buried Lock & The Slipway – Work Continues in September 2021

With funds now in place thanks to the tremendous efforts of the Swansea Canal Society funding officers, work restarted at the Clydach Buried Lock site to open up the new canal channel to bypass the buried lock, leaving the lock dry enough for work to to be started on its restoration. The spoil was taken...

The Week Ahead: Sunday 19th – Saturday 25th September 2021

Sunday 19th September: Canoes & Kayaks for hire at Coed Gwilym Park, Clydach. First hire 10am, last hire 2pm. Cost of 45 minute hire: Canadian canoe £10; Raft (two canoes) £15; Single kayak £5, Double kayak £10. Full details and conditions under “Canoe Hire” on this website. Please note that canoe and kayak hire may...

Work Party: Tuesday 14th September 2021

Another glorious day saw the volunteers working at two sites. The construction party was on the canal alongside the Riverside Community Space just north of Pontardawe. The major task was to rebuild a stretch of wall by Bridge 8. Gordon and Andrew headed up the mixing team, Bob transported the bags and Dave, Alan T...

The Week Ahead: 12th – 18th September 2021

Sunday 12th September: Canoes & Kayaks for hire at Coed Gwilym Park, Clydach. First hire 10am, last hire 2pm. Cost of 45 minute hire: Canadian canoe £10; Raft (two canoes) £15; Single kayak £5, Double kayak £10. Full details and conditions under “Canoe Hire” on this website. Please note that canoe and kayak hire may...

Work Party: Tuesday 7th September 2021

Volunteers met at Coed Gwilym Park on a warm morning that just kept getting warmer and warmer! It was a glorious sunny day for the work party to tackle a range of housekeeping tasks along the cut. With a bit of careful fettling, Gordon and Bob fitted an outboard motor to the large work boat...

Nick D’cruz – A new volunteer on the canal and a player with Llanelli Warriors

Nick D’cruz is one of our most recent volunteers. His wonderful, out-going personality has brought a breath of fresh air to the Society. He is willing to undertake any task asked of him and he has joined the team of bakers. But that is far from all he does! Take a look at this fabulous...

The Week Ahead: Sunday 5th – Saturday 11th September 2021

Sunday 5th September: Canoes & Kayaks for hire at Coed Gwilym Park, Clydach. First hire 10am, last hire 2pm. Cost of 45 minute hire: Canadian canoe £10; Raft (two canoes) £15; Single kayak £5, Double kayak £10. Full details and conditions under “Canoe Hire” on this website. Please note that canoe and kayak hire may...

Work Party: Tuesday 31st August 2021

On a pleasant but not scorching day, there was an excellent turnout of volunteers in Coed Gwilym Park. We welcomed Stephen, another new recruit, Clare Parsons, Enterprise Manager for the Canal and River Trust Wales and South-West, and, later in the morning, the Ammanford Ramblers for their annual paddle and lunch. At one point, there...

Councillor Beca Phillips and Family

Councillor Beca Phillips and family took to the water today. She kindly writes “Thank you to all your volunteers. We had a lovely time in the canoe this afternoon” The Society is so pleased to hear the trip went well. The volunteers really appreciate this positive feedback. And the photos with the giant paddles are...