Canal

Work Party: Tuesday 22nd September 2020

Today was bright, sunny and dry but not too warm. The volunteers worked on and off the canal in Coed Gwilym Park. Yun Yun joined us for the first time since lock down. It was a day for dogs too, with April, Anna, Cerys and Percy on parade. Annette produced a wonderful seat for her...

Work Party: Tuesday 15th September 2020

The volunteers enjoyed warm sunshine as they gathered in Coed Gwilym Park. Rabbie and Jackie were welcomed back for the first time since lock down, both wearing excellent masks. We separated into a few, small groups and got on with various tasks. First up was Annette with her “Can-Do-Canoe” construction du jour. She bolted together...

Work Party: Tuesday, 8th September 2020

Today started off with the promise of rain but luckily it held off save for some drizzle. The volunteers assembled in the Hidden Lock site and soon split up into small groups. Ronnie, Martin and Dave worked hard to clear both edges of the new towpath alongside the Hidden Lock.     Gill and Andy...

Work Party: Tuesday 1st September 2020

On a gloriously sunny morning, the volunteers assembled in the Hidden Lock site in Clydach before separating into several small, socially distanced group to undertake a variety of tasks. Martin decided that today was the day to return regular to volunteering and soon busied himself tidying up his beloved wildflower garden.   Gill and Gareth...

Work Party: Tuesday 25th August 2020

Storm Francis gave us a very wet and windy day so relatively few volunteers braved the elements and everything took much longer to do than usual. The canal was very full as water rushed down the feeder streams.     Alan T built a bonfire, in the by-wash of the Hidden Lock site, to burn...

Work Party: Tuesday 18th August 2020

The morning started off with the most dreadful rain so it was hard to decide what to do for the best. Luckily the rain soon stopped so we split into several small groups and attended to various tasks. Alans T & W started in the heaviest rain by pulling weeds from the cut just north...

Work Party : Tuesday 11th August 2020

At the risk of stating the obvious, it was jolly hot today so the volunteers had to pace themselves. We put out three small work parties – a strategy that works well as it makes social distancing rather easier.     The first group was in Coed Gwilym Park. The canoe store is normally given...

Work Party: Tuesday 4th August 2020

Today’s work party was about two visits that had been arranged independently but turned out to mesh together extraordinarily well. So we all assembled in Coed Gwilym Park. Our first visitors were the Lord Lieutenant of West Glamorgan, Mrs Louise Fleet, JP and her Deputy, Mrs Jane Clayton, DL. They had asked to visit us...

Work Party: Tuesday 28th July 2020

This week, your cub reporter was on sick parade, so he is indebted to Ronnie for providing the text and to her and Paul for the photos. Ronnie writes that following the pattern of the last few weeks, volunteers worked in Coed Gwilym Park and in the Hidden Lock site. In and around the canoe...

Work Party: Tuesday 21st July 2020

A bright, sunny day saw a rather small number of volunteers working at two sites. As usual, we were careful to maintain social distancing so everyone remained safe. In the Hidden Lock site, Alan T and Peter completed the ramp and then used the wide-tyred motorised wheelbarrow easily remove vegetation that had been cleared from...

Work Party: Tuesday 14th July 2020

Given the appalling rain of the day before, the volunteers assembled with a degree of trepidation but, as it turned out, the weather was kind to us – rather overcast, but warm and dry. Following the pattern of the previous two weeks, we split into two groups – one in the Hidden Lock and the...

Work Party: Tuesday 7th July 2020

A rather wet day today, but we managed to put out two work parties. In Coed Gwilym Park, the first group set about clearing the canoe store wall of moss and cement, sweeping and shoveling up dirt and stones from the path surrounding it. Gill washed areas of dirt and the down pipe. With rollers...