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THE WEEK AHEAD: 7.1.18 TO 13.1.18

TUESDAY 9TH JANUARY 2018: Work Party meets between 8.00am and 9.00am at Brownsters Cafe, High Street, Clydach. Work commences in the Old Highways Depot, Pontardawe Road, Clydach SA6 5NS at 9.15am. We will be clearing the yard to make it ready for the official opening of the towpath on 23.1.18.  All the green fencing in...

Old Highways Depot Towpath Open: 2.1.18.

The new 120 metre towpath/cycle route through the Old Highways Depot in Pontardawe Road, Clydach is now open, though the official opening ceremony will take place later this year. Below, is a photo of what the route looked like in June 2017. And here is the further progress made by July 2017. And now we...

THE WEEK AHEAD: 3.12.17 TO 9.12.17.

TUESDAY:  5TH DECEMBER: Work Party meets at Brownsters Cafe, High Street, Clydach between 8.00 and 9.00am. Work starts at the Old Highways Depot, Pontardawe Road, Clydach at 9.15am. A lttle more work is required to prepare the site for the tarmaccing of the towpath. This latter task should take place before the end of January...

Co-op Presentation to SCS on 25.11.17 at about 12.30pm in the Clydach Store’

The Co-op supermarket in Clydach is having a celebration day on Saturday 25th November to present its chosen charities with the money raised by Co-op customers through its plastic bag levy and branded sales schemes. We are honoured to have been one of those charities. The money that loyal Co-op members have raised for the...

Donation to the SCS from the The Swansea Welsh Church Act Trust Fund

  The Swansea Welsh Church Act Trust Fund is open to all voluntary, charitable or benevolent groups based in the Swansea area, and awards grants to successful applicants up to a maximum of £5,000.   We are very pleased to anounce that the Society has been awarded £2,000 by the fund. This money will be...

Swansea Canal Article by Martin Ludgate in ‘Canal Boat’ magazine

Martin Ludgate, who was deputy leader of this year’s Waterway Recovery Group Sumer Camp at Upper Trebanos Lock, wrote a fantastc article about the week and also about the future of the Swansea Canal in the September edition  of ‘Canal Boat’ Magazine. It is well worth reading. The link to the article is below. Thank...

The Canal Close to the Swan Inn in Plasmarl.

One more photo of the  Swansea Canal from Dominc Byrne. He says, “The photo shows the canal looking north up what is now the the Morriston by-pass from the Phelps and Williams tyre depot on the roundabout at the top of Beufort Road. The white building on the extreme left of the photo is the...

THE CANAL BENEATH OUR FEET (18): TOWPATH PROGRESS, 22/23.9.17

The Old Depot Yard transformation in Pontardawe Road Clydach continues.  Above, looking north,  is the line of the new towpath now flattened and ready for tarmacccing. Further up large rubble still remains (photo below right) but this will soon be gone. The wooden structure on the right of the photo indicates the width of the...

VETS ON THE CANOES

  A party of vets pre-booked a trip on the canoes and enjoyed the good weather today.

A Swansea Barge (1949)

I am indebted to Phil Hughes of the Inland Waterways Association who has sent me this photo of a derelict Swansea Canal barge on the Mon and Brec canal. It was taken by Ian Wright on one of his several  canoe journeys along the Welsh Canals in the late forties. Phil tells me that the...

ADVENTURE GIRLS PADDLE POWER: 22.8.17

The Canal Canoes were inundated with women of all ages today.  The self-styled ‘Adventure Girls’ from Cardiff  (above) shoe horned themselves  into one of our two rafts and spent an fantasic hour and a half on the water. And the 20 or so Brownies and Girl Guides from Bryamman added to the  vibrant scene on...

LITTLE THINGS MEAN A LOT: 8.8.17.

  As the peak holiday month is now with us, we have had to put on hold our big work projects and concentrate on the smaller but no less important activities of the Society. In the light of the misguided, non-thinking, pyromaniacal activites in the Forge Fach Centre playground last night, it is perhaps only...