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Work Party Saturday 16th March 2019

The call went out that Keep Wales Tidy had organized a community clean-up day for Saturday 16th March and local volunteers came out to do their bit. Youngsters from local schools, Paul and Michelle from the Canal Society and members of the Pontardawe Air Cadets gathered on the Recreation Grounds in Pontardawe at ten o’clock...

The Week Ahead: Sunday 17th – Saturday 24th March 2019

Tuesday 19th March 2019: Work party meets at Brownster’s Cafe, High Street, Clydach between 8 and 9 am. Work commences at 9.30 am at a) Coed Gwilym Park where we will continue with bank repairs (weather permitting) and b) Clydach Lock where we will recycle more metal shelving.

Work Party Tuesday 12th March 2019

Well, it had to happen one day. Tuesday working party and the heavens opened and down came the rain. Undeterred by the weather, twelve volunteers came out to work in the relative shelter at Clydach Lock. John and Alan did some work on the Society’s canoe trailer. They mounted and secured the canoe rack to...

Work Party Tuesday 5th March 2019

This week we were back at Ynysmeudwy removing several years of vegetation encroachment from the pound between the upper and lower locks. The weather was rather over-cast and rain was predicted but much progress was made this week. This is a messy business as can be seen. Much progress has been made in these work...

The Week Ahead: Sunday 10th – Saturday 16th March 2019

Monday 11th March: Monthly business meeting of the Swansea Canal Society at the Vadre Rugby Club, Hebron Road, Clydach at 7 p.m. All welcome. Tuesday 12th March: Work party meets at Brownster’s Cafe, High Street, Clydach between 8 and 9 a.m. Work starts at 9.30 a.m. in Coed Gwilym Park, Clydach where we will be...

The Week Ahead: Sunday 3rd – Saturday 9th March 2019

Tuesday 5th March 2019: Work party meets at Brownster’s Cafe, High Street, Clydach between 8 and 9 am. Work commences at 9.30 am at Ynysmeudwy where we will be continuing to clear the accumulated silt from between the locks.

Work Party Tuesday 26th February 2019

The weather was unseasonably warm and sunny as twenty eager Canal Society volunteers gathered at the Boat Depot in Coed Gwilym Park to continue repairs to the canal bank. The mixer was soon up and running, in the capable hands of the ‘Two Gareths’.   Alan and Mike were kept busy pouring the first mix...

John Hutchins Remembered

John Hutchins, Clydach John Hutchins passed away on Sunday 17th February 2019. He was the last of the old type of Swansea Canal foremen based on the Swansea Canal and who headed a small team of canal workers solely employed to maintain the Swansea Canal. John began working on the Swansea Canal as an ordinary...

Swansea Canal Records

31 July 2018 Swansea Canal records at the Public Records Office Kew The details below give a synopsis of what is contained within the Canal records. I have donated them all to the West Glamorgan Archive Service in Swansea so they are safe and available for anyone to access who has an interest. I purchased...

The Week Ahead: Sunday 24th February – Saturday 3rd March 2019

Tuesday 26th February: Work party meets at Brownster’s Cafe, High Street, Clydach between 8 and 9 am. Work commences at 9.30 am in Coed Gwilym Park, Clydach. Duties will include continuing rebuilding the wall adjacent to the golf club and preparatory digging out of the bank further north prior to extensive repairs with concrete filled...

Work Party Tuesday 19th February 2019

Another very pleasant morning in mid-February and we were back on the canal at Coed Gwilym Park in Clydach. No fewer than twenty-four volunteers came out to lend a hand. It is so gratifying to see so many people freely giving of their time in this way. Volunteers Alan and Martin were busy preparing three...

Work Party Sunday 17th February 2019

This month we met up at Herbert Street Bridge, Pontardawe to spend a few hours sprucing up the canal in the area around the aqueduct. This section of the canal shows signs of neglect and so a few hours of work can make a significant difference. We had a marvellous turn-out with six volunteers along...