Canal

Work Party: Tuesday 23rd November 2021

A very cold start to the day but hard work soon warmed up all the volunteers. Most of the work was at Ynysmeudwy Locks, but the engineers started off elsewhere. At the Hidden Lock site in Clydach, Bob and Alan T focussed on fettling the two non-running outboard motors that came with our latest boat....

Dredging the Swansea Canal, November 2021

The Canal and River Trust is dredging the canal between the Mond bridge and Pont John in Clydach. Access is restricted so here are a few long distance photos of the action. The silt is loaded into small, motorised wheelbarrows that are trundled down the towpath to a holding site where the National Cycle Route...

Work Party: Tuesday 16th November 2021

There was an excellent turnout of volunteers this morning in The Hidden Lock site in Clydach. The weather was warm yet overcast, with a bit of drizzle just as the work was closing. Most of the hard work was actually performed up- and down-stream of the site. Downstream, close to the Clydach Mond lock, the...

Work Party: Tuesday 9th November 2021

Another very wet day! Nothing daunted, the volunteers were in three locations. Lucky for some, the first one was in the dry. Sue, Gill, Ronnie and Alan T visited the Waterways Museum in Gloucester today as guests of CRT. They were there to view exhibits and pick up ideas for events being planned for the...

Work Party: Tuesday 2nd November 2021

Quite a cold start to the day today – the first frost of the winter – but nothing could discourage the volunteers. And we were joined by two new recruits, Chris and Jamie. Gill & Annette went to Abercraf to continue their research for the “225 in 2023” celebration. The rest of the volunteers split...

Work Party: Tuesday, 26th October 2021

Today proved to be warm and, mercifully, rain free. A fantastic turnout of volunteers set to on a variety of tasks in and around the Hidden Lock site. The main business of the day was a meeting between Gordon & Alan T, representing the Society, and Morgan Cowles & Hannah Booth of the Canal &...

Mynydd Y Gwair Wind Farm Community Fund

Mynydd Y Gwair Wind Farm Community Fund     The Society is delighted to announce that it has been successful in its application for a grant from the Mynydd Y Gwair Wind Farm Community Fund. We have received £29,417 towards Phase One of the construction of the Clydach Canal Centre. The Centre will provide a...

Work Party: Tuesday, 19th October 2021

Today’s weblog is commendably brief: We went to Ynysmeudwy Locks, pulled out yet more weed and got very wet! The rain was relentless, varying only a little in intensity, but nevertheless the volunteers seemed to have fun. We continued to drag vegetation and silt from the pound between the locks. Regrettably, Gordon’s magic dredger could...

Work Party: Tuesday 12th October 2021

A bright and warm day saw the volunteers at three sites. Firstly, and sadly without photographic record, the “225 in 2023” sub-committee [Alan T, John Don, Ronnie, Gill & Annette] met to further plan the video that will present and promote this celebration of the first 225 years of the Swansea Canal. The second group...

Work Party: Tuesday 5th October 2021

The forecast for today was rather poor so, as for last week, we decided to postpone the painting of the Clydach Canal Centre. All the volunteers assembled at the Ynysmeudwy Locks, anxiously staring at the sky. Luckily we need not have worried as we enjoyed a very pleasant autumnal morning with just a couple of...

Work Party: Tuesday 28th September 2021

Today proved to be unremittingly wet, with driving rain interspersed with torrential downpours. The first decision was to abandon all hope of finishing painting the wall at the Clydach Canal Centre so the volunteers met at Trebanos Locks and spent a few minutes wondering what to do for the best.     Eventually, we decided...

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...