Canal

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...

Work Party: Tuesday 21st September 2021

Today’s volunteers met as a single work party at our new building in Hebron Road. With the weather looking very promising, painting was the order of the day. A high breeze block wall at one end of the area has been chosen for a mural which will one day depict a canal scene from days...

The Buried Lock & The Slipway – Work Continues in September 2021

With funds now in place thanks to the tremendous efforts of the Swansea Canal Society funding officers, work restarted at the Clydach Buried Lock site to open up the new canal channel to bypass the buried lock, leaving the lock dry enough for work to to be started on its restoration. The spoil was taken...

Work Party: Tuesday 14th September 2021

Another glorious day saw the volunteers working at two sites. The construction party was on the canal alongside the Riverside Community Space just north of Pontardawe. The major task was to rebuild a stretch of wall by Bridge 8. Gordon and Andrew headed up the mixing team, Bob transported the bags and Dave, Alan T...

Work Party: Tuesday 7th September 2021

Volunteers met at Coed Gwilym Park on a warm morning that just kept getting warmer and warmer! It was a glorious sunny day for the work party to tackle a range of housekeeping tasks along the cut. With a bit of careful fettling, Gordon and Bob fitted an outboard motor to the large work boat...

Work Party: Tuesday 31st August 2021

On a pleasant but not scorching day, there was an excellent turnout of volunteers in Coed Gwilym Park. We welcomed Stephen, another new recruit, Clare Parsons, Enterprise Manager for the Canal and River Trust Wales and South-West, and, later in the morning, the Ammanford Ramblers for their annual paddle and lunch. At one point, there...

Murals for Clydach / Murluniau ar gyfer Clydach

Murals for Clydach. Thanks to Councillor Walker’s generosity we will soon be able to commission murals for a barren breeze block wall at the end of the Clydach Canal Centre site and for the walls of the Canoe Store at Coed Gwilym Park. A local graffiti and mural cooperative, Fresh Creative’s Company, will work with...

Work Party: Tuesday 24th August 2021

The volunteers were greeted by warm and sunny weather as they arrived in Coed Gwilym Park. They were soon hard at work on a variety of tasks. A length of sand bags laid previously was capped with a mosaic of sandstone. Aled, Gordon, Nick and Peter mixed the concrete. Peter transported it to the work...

Work Party: Tuesday 17th August 2021

Volunteers met on a dull morning in Coed Gwilym Park, their numbers slightly depleted by summer holidays and family commitments. However, we were very pleased to welcome two new volunteers – David and Helen. The vols soon set about the main task of the day, repairing wash holes in the canal bank, continuing where work...

Work Party: Tuesday 10th August 2021

A glorious, sunny day saw a fantastic turnout of volunteers working at three sites. Most volunteers were in Coed Gwilym Park where the biggest job was to repair wash holes. Gordon, Alan W and John Owen mixed the the concrete and filled the bags. Bob plus Isaac and Rhys transported the bags along the towpath....

Work Party: Tuesday 3rd August 2021

On a gloriously warm and sunny day, the volunteers were hard at work in and around the site of the proposed Clydach Canal Centre in Hebron Road. Four groups were soon hard at work: A huge amount of assorted rubbish was removed from the building and deposited in a giant skip. The full skip and...

Work Party: Tuesday 27th July 2021

For the first time in quite a while, all the volunteers worked together on one site – the recently acquired buildings and surrounding land on Hebron Road. This will eventually be the Clydach Canal Centre but the first task was to clear the site. The morning started off with a couple of heavy showers that...