Canal

Work Party: Tuesday 21st May 2019

On a beautiful sunny morning, we fielded a team of twelve regular volunteers plus two new faces, Charles and Steve, from CGI in Bridgend. As Gordon was sunning himself in Croatia, John G. took up the reins and split us into five groups: (1) Pontardawe Michelle, Paul and Elle busied themselves around the Herbert Street...

Work Party: Tuesday 14th May 2019

On a lovely warm and sunny morning eighteen eager volunteers were up at Ynysmeudwy Upper Lock this week to continue repairing the stonework on the by-wash. A mix of lime mortar was soon prepared and the team got to work. Volunteer Gareth the Younger is getting very proficient with the pointing trowel, and was soon...

Work Party: Tuesday 7th May 2019

On a day that started out a bit chilly but warmed up nicely later on, sixteen eager volunteers headed up to Ynysmeudwy Upper Lock to continue work on the by-wash. This is Lock No. 13 on the Swansea Canal and a nearby canal milepost gives a distance of 9¾ miles from Swansea. The lock is...

And The Walls Came Tumbling Down: Friday 3rd May 2019

Gordon and his merry band of contractors spent a long day in the site of the Buried Lock in Clydach demolishing many of the sustantial walls left over from the days of the Council Depot. Here are a few before and after photos plus the heavy plant used and the gang relaxing after an exhausting...

Work Party Tuesday 30th April 2019

This week a fifteen-strong volunteer team headed up to Ynysmeudwy Upper Lock to continue work on the by-wash. Volunteers Gareth and Martin got to work cleaning up the pointing on the by-wash walls. This lock is a typical example of the fine workmanship carried out around 1796 when this canal was constructed. We have in...

Work Party Tuesday 23rd April 2019

This week the volunteer team headed down to Lock No.7 ‘The Hidden Lock’ in Clydach to continue cleaning the site. Volunteer Gordon got to work with his chainsaw and carefully cut up an old telegraph pole to create a border for a semi-permanent rockery. Young volunteers Rhys and Isaac brought along their own ‘heavy plant’...

Work Party Tuesday 16th April 2019

This week the threat of imminent rain meant a change to the planned activity, but fifteen eager and suitably attired volunteers headed down to Lock No.7 ‘The Hidden Lock’ in Clydach where there were tasks aplenty for one and all. Volunteers ‘woodchip’ Bob and Gareth set to work on completing the implement store. They cut...

Work Party Tuesday 9th April 2019

We were back in Coed Gwilym Park in Clydach this week and twenty-five volunteers came out on a gorgeous April spring day. The primary task this week was to clean all the canoes and the canoe store in preparation for the canoe and kayak hire season which commences on Easter Sunday, 21st April 2019. Volunteers...

Work Party Tuesday 3rd April 2019

  We were back in Coed Gwilym Park in Clydach this week and twenty volunteers came out on a lovely early April spring day. If the names ‘Daubentons’, ‘Barbastelle’ or ‘Pipistrelle’ are familiar then you will know that we are talking about bats. This week Alan and Martin were busy putting up the first of...

Work Party Tuesday 26th March 2019

We were back in Coed Gwilym Park in Clydach this week and twenty volunteers came out on a lovely warm spring day. We had our work cut out for us this week as recent high winds had brought down a forty foot silver birch tree across the canal. A team of volunteers lashed together two...

Work Party Tuesday 19th March 2019

This week, 24 willing volunteers came out on a very pleasant mid-March day to work on the canal. We were back in Coed Gwilym Park in Clydach with a variety of tasks to undertake. We broke into small groups, rolled up our sleeves and got to work. Bob, John and Dominic continued work on the...

Work Party Saturday 16th March 2019

The call went out that Keep Wales Tidy had organized a community clean-up day for Saturday 16th March and local volunteers came out to do their bit. Youngsters from local schools, Paul and Michelle from the Canal Society and members of the Pontardawe Air Cadets gathered on the Recreation Grounds in Pontardawe at ten o’clock...