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THE WEEK AHEAD: SATURDAY 24TH FEB TO SATURDAY 3RD MARCH

SATURDAY 24TH FEBRUARY: THE SWANSEA CANAL SOCIETY WILL BE REPRESENTED AT THE IWA SOUTH WALES EXHIBITION (DETAILS BELOW). WE WILL HAVE A STALL WITH  SCALE MODELS OF OUR PLANNED RESTORATION AS WELL AS PICTURES OF THE CANAL AND ITS HISTORY. CLIVE REED, OUR HERITAGE CONSULTANT, WILL ALSO BE GIVING A TALK ON THE  HISTORY OF...

Round and About: 21.2.18

More work at Ynysmeudwy. Brambles cleared on the off -side and mud removed from the towpath side.              Extra fencing installed to raise some of the boundary wall as part of our Good Neighbour  policy at the Old Highways Depot.                 And lastly a photo of the...

TESCO, CO-OP AND WRG: OUR SINCERE THANKS.

Thanks to the funds raised by  the  customers  of  the Tesco Supermarket in Pontardawe and the Co-op Supermarket in Clydach we have been able to purchase a flat bed trailer that is capable of carrying our canoes and kayaks as well as  performing numerous other canal related tasks. We thank the Co-op in Clydach for...

THE WEEK AHEAD: 18TH FEB TO 24TH FEB 2018

TUESDAY 20TH FEBRUARY: Work Party meets at Brownsters Cafe, High Street, Clydach between 8.00 and 9.00am. Work starts on the Ynysmeudwy towpath (below bridge 9) at 9.15am. Park in the  Canal and River Trust Car Park, near the Ynysmeudwy Arms. Work continues to improve the water-logged parts of the towpath above the two Ynysmeudwy Locks....

FURTHER WORK AT YNYSMEUDWY: 13.2.18.

In heavy rain we laid ‘crush and run’ gravel over the extremely muddy areas by the five bar gate at the entrance to bridge 9 over the canal. This will harden up and provide a reasonably dry access to the canal. We cleared more grass-free beds at Ynysmeudwy Lower Lock prior to wildflower seed planting...

THE WEEK AHEAD: 11TH FEB TO 17TH FEB 2018.

TUESDAY 13TH FEB: Work Party meets at Brownsters Cafe, High Street, Clydach between 8.00 and 9.00am. Work starts at 9.15  at YNYSMEUDWY LOCKS. The car park is first right (coming from Pontardawe) past the Ynysmeudwy Arms. It has a very narrow entrance. We will remove the mud and water from the footpath puddles behind the...

WORK PARTY AT YNYSMEUDWY LENGTHMAN’S HUT: 06.2.18 (2)

HERE WE ALL ARE OUTSIDE THE LENGTHSMAN HUT, NOW ALL SHIPSHAPE AND YNYSMEUDWY FASHION. AND A SPECIAL ONE FOR DOMINIC AS HE TOOK THE FIRST PHOTO. NO, HE DIDN’T, HE’S IN THE GROUP PHOTO.  IT MUST HAVE BEEN RHODRI SO HERE’S ONE OF RHODRI TOO OUTSIDE THE HUT. THATS QUITE ENOUGH  OF THE LENGTHSMAN’S HUT...

WORK PART AT YNYSMUEDWY LOCKS 6.2.18.

THIS WAS OUR SECOND WEEK AT YNYSWMEUDWY. SNOW IS FALLING, CHILDREN PLAYING….NO THAT’S SHAKIN’ STEVENS.   IT DEFINITELY SNOWED AND THOSE YOUNG AT HEART, AT LEAST, WERE WORKING. WE PAINTED THE FIVE BAR GATE LEADING TO THE CANAL BRIDGE, GOT RID OF THE VEGETATION THREATENING TO ENGULF THE LENGTHSMANS HUT BY LOWER YNYSMEUDWY LOCK AND EVEN...

THE WEEK AHEAD: 4TH FEB TO 10TH FEB 2018

TUESDAY 6TH FEBRUARY: Work Party meets at Brownsters Cafe, High Street, Clydach between 8.00am and 9.00am. Work starts at 9.15 north of Ynysmeudwy Locks. We will be continuing the clearance and resurfacing of the towpath there. WEDNESDAY 7TH FEBRUARY: Monthly SCS Open Meeting at the Vardre Rugby Club, Hebron Road Clydach at 7.00pm. All welcome....

WORK PARTY AT YNYSMEUDWY LOCKS: 30.1.18

IT WAS BACK TO BUSINESS THIS TUESDAY AFTER THE FUN AND GAMES OF THE OPENING OF THE NEW TOWPATH IN CLYDACH LAST WEEK. ALL TOWPATHS NEED MAINTENANCE AND THERE IS A LOT OF OLD TOWPATH THAT IS EXTREMELY MUDDY NORTH OF PONTARDAWE. IN PARTICULAR, THE SECTION  NORTH OF THE YNYSMEUDWY LOCKS WAS IN NEED OF ...

WORK PARTY AT HERBERT STREET, PONTARDAWE 21.1.18

Our monthly Sunday Work Party were out in the pouring rain below Herbert Street bridge, Pontardawe last week rubbing down the railings which enclose the canal there. Brave souls. Here we see Paul and Michelle managing to smile in very adverse conditions. Photo courtesy of Mike Fuller. There will be another work party there in...

OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SUSTRANS CYCLE AND TOW PATH. 23.1.18

1. (Right)  Pupils of St Joseph’s Catholic School, Clydach wait to be the first to use the new 120 metre towpath through the Old Highways Depot, Pontardawe Road Clydach SA6 5NS.   2. (Below) And here they go. Led by Joe Coggins, Publicity Officer for the Canal and River Trust.          ...