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Work Party: Tuesday 4th October 2022

As for last week, the volunteers continued with the pointing of Trebanos Lower Lock. As usual, Gareth took charge of mixing the lime mortar to our special recipe. Gordon concentrated on rebuilding the lock gate edge while the rest of the volunteers pointed the gaps between the stones, on both the upper and lower decks....

Work Party: Tuesday 27th September 2022

The volunteers met at Trebanos to continue the fantastic work done by the Waterway Recovery Group volunteers during their recent pair of working weeks. The weather started badly with brisk showers but they soon passed, leaving us with pleasant, warm and dry conditions. The main tasks of the day were to point in lime mortar...

Work Party: Sunday 25th September 2022

On a cool but dry morning a small group of volunteers turned out for the first of the new series of Sunday work-parties The task of the day was repainting the somewhat dilapidated canoe store in Coed Gwilym Park. A key part of the facelift was a change of colour, from the original cream to...

Waterway Recovery Group – Week Two

Gordon Walker, Alan Tremlett and Martin Davies from the SCS joined the hard working volunteers of the Waterway Recovery Group on the final Thursday of their two week stay restoring Trebanos Lower Lock. They have made great strides relaying large coping stones along the lock wall as well as making vast improvements to the environs...

Work Party: Tuesday 20th September 2022

Today was a repeat of a fortnight ago at Trebanos Locks, with the Waterway Recovery Group working hard in the lower lock and the Society volunteers removing vegetation upstream of the locks. Unlike the first session, the weather was bright, warm and rain free. The first four photos show the WRG at work replacing the...

Waterway Recovery Group – Thursday 8th September 2022

The Waterway Recovery Group volunteers are with us for two weeks working on the Lower Lock at Trebanos. Martin visited them on the Thursday of the first week and recorded the excellent progress being made.     Andy and Sandy help load the SCS boat with large stones for coping the top course of the...

Work Party: Tuesday 13th September 2022

Today was warm and overcast but mercifully dry. The volunteers assembled in Pontardawe, with the majority continuing to clear the cut between Herbert Street bridge and the aqueduct, plus a handsome pair of splinter groups. Martin and Alan W took to “Nellie” to tackle an enormous buddleia overhanging the cut between the bridges. They also...

Work Party: Tuesday 6th September 2022

Today was a game of two halves at Trebanos Locks, with the Waterway Recovery Group working hard in the lower lock and the Society volunteers removing vegetation from above and below the locks. We also kept an anxious eye on the sky for the predicted thunderstorms that mercifully did not arrive, at least not before...

Work Party: Tuesday 30th August 2022

A glorious summer’s day saw over twenty volunteers on parade in Pontardawe. The main task was to clear vegetation from the cut between Herbert Street bridge and the aqueduct but first a splinter group of Andy and Sue cleared fallen branches blocking the towpath upstream from Bridge 7.     The hardest work was to...

Work Party: Tuesday 23rd August 2022

A warm, bright day saw the volunteers once again at Trebanos, this time concentrating on the lower lock. First up, and in no particular order, Sharon, Christina and Sue cleared yet more unwanted contents of the cut between the locks – mostly bricks and glass bottles as well as the usual rubbish.     Dave...

Work Party: Tuesday 16th August 2022

Today saw a return to much cooler conditions with a little very welcome drizzle. The volunteers assembled once more at Trebanos to continue with a multitude of tasks including balsam bashing, weed removal, etc., etc. Martin cut back vegetation from between the locks.     Dave trimmed back along the towpath. Rhys treated timbers.  ...

Work Party: Tuesday 9th August 2022

On a sun-filled morning with temperatures in the high twenties our volunteers met at the Upper Trebanos Lock to carry out several tasks. Gordon set up the winch and pulley on the side of the lock to assist in the recovery of the large stones that will be used by the Waterway Recovery Group when...