Canal

Work Party: Tuesday 22nd November 2022

Volunteers met this week at our Hebron Road site to concentrate on two main tasks – some much-needed gardening on the flower border planted during the summer, and an internal tidy up of the building that will become our Canal Centre. With our efforts having been focussed elsewhere along the canal in recent months, the...

Work Party: Sunday 20th November 2022

This Sunday dawned bright and cool, which was a pleasant change from the rain of recent weeks, however it presented its own problems. Our painting plans had to be put on hold as the canoe store wall and slipway railings were cold and wet from the early dew – not paintable surfaces. Our third task,...

The Grace Darling – A Musical Interlude

  Sharon and Rob have penned a short song about the Grace Darling ferry barge. Listen to it here.

Work Party: Tuesday 16th November 2022

On a balmy day in this Indian Summer, volunteers met once again at the canoe store in Coed Gwilym Park. The severe rainstorms ten days ago had left the floor muddy, smelly and damp. So it was with much of the equipment, and we took this sunny opportunity to have a good clean up. Everything...

Work Party: Tuesday 8th November 2022

On a rare day for the Canal Society it was ‘Wales Weather – 1: Tuesday Work-Party – 0′. It’s not often that our hardy volunteers are beaten by the rain, but today started wet and, predictably, got wetter! Alan T and John G met early and quickly decided that neither of the tasks planned for...

Work Party: Sunday 6th November 2022

Heavy rain once again disrupted plans for this morning’s work party at Coed Gwilym Park. Storms were promised, and they came! The Sunday Squad of Alan T, Steve H, Mike F, John Grav and Pete A nonetheless turned out, but quickly decided that only one of our planned tasks was viable. The roof scaffolding was...

Work Party: Tuesday 1st November 2022

The work today was split between two sites although, amoeba-like, the two bases swiftly splintered into several sub-sites. Though the weather was predominantly wet there was an excellent turn out and much was achieved. Sharon, Kath and Chris took drag forks from Base Camp 1 (the newly painted and re-roofed canoe store in Coed Gwilym...

Work Party: Tuesday 25th October 2022

There was a late change of plan for this morning’s volunteer work party. The intention had been to again split the team onto several different tasks: to continue rebuilding and pointing work at Trebanos lock, to clear and clean out the canoe store in Coed Gwilym Park, and to clear the towpath and surroundings areas...

Work Party: Sunday 23rd October 2022

On a day when the weather looked uncertain to say the least, a small but beautifully formed group of four volunteers turned out early at Coed Gwilym Park. Two key tasks were identified for the morning – paint the black base on the fourth wall of the canoe store, and remove logs and branches from...

Work Party: Tuesday 18th October 2022

It was another return to the lower Trebanos lock for our doughty volunteers today, making the most of access to the lock chamber whilst the scaffolding is still in place. With plenty of lime mortar to hand, thanks to the top mixing team of Gareth and John G, Gordon and Alan T continued to rebuild...

Work Party: Tuesday 11th October 2022

The volunteers met at Trebanos locks once again on a day that started somewhat crisp and chilly but quickly changed to sunny and warm. The first task for Alan T and Pete was to retrieve to safe storage an intriguing artefact found in the canal. Do you know what it is?   There was more...

Work Party: Sunday 9th October 2022

For the second time this autumn the fortnightly ‘Sunday squad’ met at Coed Gwilym Park to continue work on the canoe store, after three of the four walls were repainted during the previous session. Today’s task was to paint the fourth wall and add a black band around the bottom of the building. Scaffolding erected...