Restoration

FIRST WEEKEND WORK PARTY IN PONTARDWE: SUNDAY 21.5.17

The weather conditions were perfect for the inaugural Pontardawe Sunday Working Party’ on the canal.  Michelle chose a very ‘public’ location at the Aqueduct near Herbert Street so all the volunteers received much support and numerous expressions of gratitude for their efforts from local residents passing by. The venue coud not have been better. There...

Change of Venue for this Tuesday’s Work Party (16th May).

WE WILL NOT BE WORKING AT TREBANOS THIS WEEK AS WE DO NOT HAVE THE PERSONNEL TO TAKE THE TRAILERS BACK TO THE DEPOT IN CLYDACH.  THEREFORE, WE WILL INSTEAD BE WORKING FROM THE CLYDACH DEPOT ON THE OLD STONE BARGE MONUMENT SITE AND CLEARING VEGETATION FROM THE  CANAL CHANNEL UP TO PONT JOHN BRIDGE....

9.5.17 ROCK, WATER, SAND, SILT and MORTAR

. Our volunteers are of all ages, skilled and unskilled, young and old (though a few more of the former would not go amiss). After a few weeks of joining us, they find their favourite occupations and generally keep to them. Gareth, above, is a great hewer of wood and mixer of cement, and is...

THE WEEK AHEAD: 15TH MAY 2017 TO 21ST MAY 2017

Tuesday 16th May: We meet at Brownsters Cafe, High Street, Clydach between 8.00 and 9.00 am. Work starts,as it has done for the past two weeks at the terminus of the southern section, next to the Pontardawe Playing Fields, Trebanos. This is 300 yards north of Upper Trebanos Lock. Tow path edge renewal continues. Sunday...

WORK PARTY SOUTH OF PONTARDAWE PLAYING FIELDS: 2.5.17.

  We are halfway to rebuilding the tow-path edges south of the 800 yard piped section at Pontardawe Playing Fields. This  restoration will prevent further erosion of the banks  and any subsequent flooding.  Most of the material used is provided by the Canal and River Trust though much of the local Blue Tennant Sandstone is...

THE WEEK AHEAD: 1.5.17 TO 7.7.17.

TUESDAY 2ND MAY; Work party meets at Brownsters Cafe, Clydach between 8.00 and 9.00am. Work starts at 9.15  at the terminus of the southern section at Pontardawe Playing Fields where we are repairing  the eroded wash holes. This continues the work we started last week. WEDNESDAY 3RD MAY: MONTHLY OPEN MEETING OF THE SWANSEA  CANAL...

PONTARDAWE TO YNYSMEUDWY SUNDAY WORK PARTIES TO START IN MAY.

Monthly work parties  for the maintenance of the northern half of the Swansea Canal will commence on Sunday, May 21st. This is a joint project  with the Canal and River Trust who own the canal. Litter picking and vegetation clearance will be the first priorities and the work will start at 10.00am and finish at...

THE WEEK AHEAD: 24TH APRIL TO 30TH APRIL 2017

  TUESDAY 25TH APRIL: Work Party meets at Brownsters Cafe High Street Clydach between 8.00 and9.00am. Work starts 400 yards north of Upper Trebanos Lock at 9.15. We will be repairing the wash holes just south of the southern terminus  next to the Pontardawe Playing Fields. SUNDAY 30th APRIL: Canoe and Kayak Hire from the...

THE WEEK AHEAD: 10TH APRIL TO 16TH APRIL 2017.

TUESDAY 11TH APRIL:  WORK PARTY MEETS AT BROWNSTERS CAFE HIGH STREET, CLYDACH BETWEEN 8.00 AND 9.00AM. Work commences at 9.30 north of Upper Trebanos Lock repairing wash holes to prevent bank erosion. We now have our own generator which will make the work easier. SUNDAY 16TH APRIL: Swansea Canal Society are having a multi-sport ‘taster’...

THE WEEK AHEAD: 3RD APRIL 2017 TO 9TH APRIL 2017

  TUESDAY 4TH APRIL: Work Party meets at Forge Fach Community Centre Cafe, Hebron Road, Clydach between 8.00 and 9.00am as  Brownsters is closed today. Work starts at 9.30 north of Lower Trebanos Lock. We will be helping CRT staff to regulate the flow of water from the old Darren Colliery outfall and rebuild the...

THE CANAL BENEATH OUR FEET: (7) 28.3.17. GATES ‘R US.

      Having bought the premium wood for the gates into and out of St. Benedict’s Church car park at a very competitive price, Gordon and Gareth were faced with the task of building the gates to the exact size, demolishing the wall between the depot site and the church, and then installing them.   ...

THE CANAL BENEATH OUR FEET: (6) WALLS, GATES AND WOOD: 21.3.17

   Walls and confers came a’tumbling down today in the depot.          On the left, the large gap in the southern wall shows the progress made by Gordon and his angle grinder as we congregate to admire his work.       On the right, David moves felled conifers away from the site of the...