Canal

Work Party: Tuesday, 5th November 2019

  Today’s work-party was divided between two locations. One group set up shop in the Co-Op in Clydach where a magnificent £92 was raised from the sale of bric-a-brac. Very many thanks are due to Gill, Ronnie and Sue – and profound apologies for failing to take any photos. The second group assembled at Trebanos...

Fish Rescue: Tuesday, 29th October 2019

  As previously announced, dredging is scheduled on the Swansea Canal between Bridge 3 (Coed Gwilym Park) and Trebanos Lower Lock (a distance of 1.4km). It is anticipated that dredging will commence in November. As a necessary precursor to the dredging, the fish in this section must be rescued. The rescue will need to extend...

Work Party: Tuesday 29th October 2019

  The day was cool and overcast but the rain held off. In a last-minute change of plans, the gang split itself into three groups – At the Hidden Lock, the Canoe Store in Coed Gwilym Park and on the cut south of Clydach Mond Lock. As the volunteers beavered away, a fish rescue was...

Work Party: Tuesday 22nd October 2019

  A cold start but promise of sunshine encouraged a huge work party to assemble at Trebanos Locks. Bank was repaired and weeds were pulled. Dogs frolicked and cake was consumed. We even had a surprise visit from Mikk of the Waterway Recovery Group. Firstly, concrete was mixed, bags were filled and barrowed down to...

Work Party: Monday 22nd October 2019

  Not a regular Work Party but today, Monday, in lovely sunshine Gordon and Wayne move in to Coed Gwilym Park. They were clearing the ground close to the canoe store in preparation for a slipway that will allow access to the southern end of the canal for the contractors that will be dredging the...

Work Party: Tuesday 15th October 2019

  A day that promised sunshine proved to be rather showery but we pressed on with work in and around Ynysmeudwy Upper Lock. As an introduction, here are two photos of the chamber wall taken by Martin. The first is before the Waterway Recovery Group started work in August and the second is a close-up...

Work Party: Tuesday 8th October 2019

Today the weather forecast was for scattered showers. We took the chance to work in the Upper Lock at Ynysmeudwy and luckily were hit by only one significant shower. Two main tasks were undertaken. The first was to repair the nearside wall: Cement was mixed, stones were retrieved and then carefully positioned.      ...

Work Party: Tuesday 1st October 2019

Given the very changeable weather conditions, it was impossible to lay sand bags or mix mortar at Trebanos so we confined our activities to the buried Lock Site and Coed Gwilym Park. At the former the two Gareths and Alan T broke up large breeze blocks into more manageable sizes for hard core and ballast....

Work Party: Tuesday 24th September 2019

Today started in the pouring rain so we decided to postpone bank repairs in Trebanos. Instead the volunteers assembled in two locations. The first was in the Buried Lock site where three tasks were undertaken. Firstly, the remainder of our kit stored in the old buildings was retrieved and stored safely in our new sheds....

Work Party: Tuesday 17th September 2019

A beautiful sunny day saw the volunteers at Ynysmeudwy Upper Lock. The first task was to refurbish the wall adjacent to the arch that had been so beautifully restored over recent weeks. Cement was mixed ready for bedding in the stones, dirt and general debris were removed. Two stones that had slipped out of place...

Watford Historical Society Visit, 14th – 16th September 2019

The Watford and District Industrial History Society visited a number of locations in the Neath and Swansea area over the weekend of 14th – 16th September 2019. On Saturday they visited the Neath Abbey Ironworks. They seemed to thoroughly enjoy the visit, and the Welsh weather was, as ever, beautifully sunny. [Photographs © Friends of...

Work Party: Tuesday 10th September 2019

Today was bright and sunny. The main task of the day was to continue with rebuilding the towpath bank south of the Trebanos locks. Mix was mixed, bags were filled set carefully in place.         The never-ending task of pulling weed continued.     Gordon and Rhodri strimmed the bank.    ...