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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.    ...

Work Party: Tuesday 3rd September 2019

Today was all about continuing with the work of the Waterway Recovery Group in the chamber of the upper lock at Ynysmeudwy. The walls were repointed, the arch was reformed and top stones were eased into place.             Beyond the lock, Ronnie pulled out yet more weed, a never-ending task....

Work Party: Tuesday, 27th August 2019

Today was all about the Waterway Recovery Group that is with us all week working mostly on cleaning and repointing the chamber of Ynysmeudwy Upper Lock. The sun shone brightly and the WRG was joined by many of the regular SCS volunteers. Two-level scaffolding and boarding was installed last week so the WRG was soon...

Work Party: Tuesday, 20th August 2019

On a bright sunny day, the main work party headed for Trebanos Locks to continue with the bank repairs south of the locks. Isaac was ready to go as usual whilst Rhys chaired the planning meeting.     The mix was mixed, then the bags were filled, transported to the work site and carefully laid...

Work Party: Tuesday 13th August 2019

On a lovely sunny day, the volunteers split into two groups. The first headed for Ynysmeudwy, where three tasks were undertaken. Firstly, yet more weed and silt was dredged from just above the lower lock.     Secondly, more balsam was bashed between the two locks. Note Isaac’s deft use of the slasher and the...

Work Party: Tuesday 6th August 2019

The weather forecast was dreadful so the gang decided to retire to the relative shelter of the Hidden Lock Site in Clydach. Gareth got to ride on the refurbished tractor and the motorised wheelbarrows were used to good effect to tidy up and relocate more debris. Heras fencing was repositioned at the southern end of...

Work Party: Tuesday 30th July 2019

Today was a game of two halves! Firstly, the volunteers assembled at Ynysmeudwy Locks to bash balsam. The weather was lousy, with intermittent heavy showers but we pressed on and cleared most of the off-side bank above and below the lower lock. Bad weather stopped play just after eleven.         We retired...

Work Party: Thursday 25th July 2019 – Filming with Gareth and Maureen Edwards

Another scorching day! The work party moved from its usual Tuesday to Thursday as we were being filmed for a BBC Wales TV series on the canals of Wales hosted by Gareth and Maureen Edwards. The first batch of photos shows Gordon welcoming Gareth and Maureen to the canal. They met the volunteers and learned...

Work Party: Tuesday 16th July 2019

Phew, what a scorcher! The intrepid gang braved the burning sun to carry out vital tasks in two locations. Firstly, a party set off to the canal just south of the winding hole opposite the golf course in Clydach. Here the channel was almost impassable by canoe and choked with weed, so we set to...

Work Party: Tuesday 9th July 2019

Another glorious sunny day in Trebanos. The SCS volunteers were joined again by volunteers from HSBC Business Banking. We split ourselves into groups to tackle several, vital tasks. The biggest task was to continue to reinforce the bank south of Trebanos Locks. Concrete was mixed, bags were filled, the wheelbarrow was kept busy and bags...

Work Party: Tuesday 2nd July 2019

On a beautiful sunny day, the gang assembled at Trebanos Locks to continue with bank reinforcement. Over this Tuesday and last, a total of 196 bags filled with cement & stone dust mix have been laid. A massive task accomplished, but the job is not done yet. The A-team, lead by Aled and the two...