Canal

Work Party: Tuesday, 26th October 2021

Today proved to be warm and, mercifully, rain free. A fantastic turnout of volunteers set to on a variety of tasks in and around the Hidden Lock site. The main business of the day was a meeting between Gordon & Alan T, representing the Society, and Morgan Cowles & Hannah Booth of the Canal &...

Mynydd Y Gwair Wind Farm Community Fund

Mynydd Y Gwair Wind Farm Community Fund     The Society is delighted to announce that it has been successful in its application for a grant from the Mynydd Y Gwair Wind Farm Community Fund. We have received £29,417 towards Phase One of the construction of the Clydach Canal Centre. The Centre will provide a...

Work Party: Tuesday, 19th October 2021

Today’s weblog is commendably brief: We went to Ynysmeudwy Locks, pulled out yet more weed and got very wet! The rain was relentless, varying only a little in intensity, but nevertheless the volunteers seemed to have fun. We continued to drag vegetation and silt from the pound between the locks. Regrettably, Gordon’s magic dredger could...

Work Party: Tuesday 12th October 2021

A bright and warm day saw the volunteers at three sites. Firstly, and sadly without photographic record, the “225 in 2023” sub-committee [Alan T, John Don, Ronnie, Gill & Annette] met to further plan the video that will present and promote this celebration of the first 225 years of the Swansea Canal. The second group...

Work Party: Tuesday 5th October 2021

The forecast for today was rather poor so, as for last week, we decided to postpone the painting of the Clydach Canal Centre. All the volunteers assembled at the Ynysmeudwy Locks, anxiously staring at the sky. Luckily we need not have worried as we enjoyed a very pleasant autumnal morning with just a couple of...

Work Party: Tuesday 28th September 2021

Today proved to be unremittingly wet, with driving rain interspersed with torrential downpours. The first decision was to abandon all hope of finishing painting the wall at the Clydach Canal Centre so the volunteers met at Trebanos Locks and spent a few minutes wondering what to do for the best.     Eventually, we decided...

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...