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Work Party: Tuesday 28th July 2020

This week, your cub reporter was on sick parade, so he is indebted to Ronnie for providing the text and to her and Paul for the photos. Ronnie writes that following the pattern of the last few weeks, volunteers worked in Coed Gwilym Park and in the Hidden Lock site. In and around the canoe...

Work Party: Tuesday 21st July 2020

A bright, sunny day saw a rather small number of volunteers working at two sites. As usual, we were careful to maintain social distancing so everyone remained safe. In the Hidden Lock site, Alan T and Peter completed the ramp and then used the wide-tyred motorised wheelbarrow easily remove vegetation that had been cleared from...

Work Party: Tuesday 14th July 2020

Given the appalling rain of the day before, the volunteers assembled with a degree of trepidation but, as it turned out, the weather was kind to us – rather overcast, but warm and dry. Following the pattern of the previous two weeks, we split into two groups – one in the Hidden Lock and the...

Work Party: Tuesday 7th July 2020

A rather wet day today, but we managed to put out two work parties. In Coed Gwilym Park, the first group set about clearing the canoe store wall of moss and cement, sweeping and shoveling up dirt and stones from the path surrounding it. Gill washed areas of dirt and the down pipe. With rollers...

Work Party: 1st July 2020 – A Day In The Garden

Martin and Liz spent a very productive few hours gardening: “The wild flower bed in the buried lock site behind St Benedict’s Church has remained untouched since lockdown. In that time it has coped with extremes of heat and drought in April and May, and cold, rainy weather in June. Yet most of the plants...

Work Party: Tuesday 30th June 2020

Another small but beautifully formed and socially distanced work party today in and around the Canoe Store in Coed Gwilym Park. Unfortunately, there was drizzle all morning that turned to heavy rain by 1pm. Many thanks to Ronnie for providing the photos and text.     Gill and Annette tried out a floating platform and...

Work Parties on 22nd, 23rd and 24th June 2020

This week we continued with baby steps to return to work. Risk assessments, plenty of signage, just a few volunteers, social distancing, regular hand washing so everyone stayed safe.     Monday: Martin and Liz weeded the wild garden in the Hidden Lock site. No photo, but they say it is starting to look good...

Work Party 17th June 2020: Our First Steps

  Gordon and Gareth the Younger take our first, tentative steps towards restarting the work parties. They pulled out some weed this morning from a 50 yard stretch north of Clydach Mond Lock. Just the two of them, careful social distancing from each other and the public, plenty of hand sanitiser, face coverings, no exchange...

Heron Spotted on the Canal, June 2020

  This little beauty was spotted just south of Clydach Mond Lock by Hazel, one of our biking chums who has recently returned to the towpath after a brief period of lock down. She was concerned that it looked a bit poorly and wondered if we could check on it. Our beloved leader – Gordon...

Gill and Annette Take to the Water: 9th June 2020

  Just to cheer everyone up a bit in these troubled times, Annette and Gill take to the water at Coed Gwilym Park. The canal is looking beautiful and tranquil on a sunny afternoon. Annette lost no time during lock down to continue with her “Can Do Canoe” project. Her she is setting up a...

The Countdown Continues

  Only two days to go before we are able to share with you our exciting news. Watch this website, our Facebook page and Twitter. Meanwhile, just to cheer you up, here are a couple of photos of Aled, one of our star volunteers, pictured on his last day volunteering before the lock down and...

Work Party: Tuesday 17th March 2020

  A damp and dreary day together with concerns about coronavirus meant that today’s work-party was smaller than usual. Too few of us to continue with the bank repairs but still plenty to do. Hardcore from the digging out of the temporary by-wash in the Hidden Lock site was barrowed up to Coed Gwilym Park...