Restoration

The Canal Beneath Our Feet: Gable End Down 18.6.17.

    Only the wall of the building on the St. Benedict’s Church side still stands (photo left) and the gable end which covered part of the buried lock is now completely gone (along with the roof, of course). The slabs covering the buried lock are immediately behind the Heras fencing in the foreground.    ...

The Canal Beneath our Feet: (11) After the Storm: 14.6.17.

    Michelle has been back to the Old Highways Depot to record the fantastic demolition work that Mr. Thomas and his workers have done. No sign of them at the time she took these photos but talk about considerate builders! Everything has been left tidy and neat. The roof is half off the old work...

The Canal Beneath our Feet (10). Demolition Underway. 11. 6.17

   The heavy plant has arrived. Our wonderful contractors moved into the Old Highways depot, Pontardawe Road, today and have begun the demolition of the framework of the building that was built over the buried lock in the mid seventies. A lot of the interior fittings have already been removed by Gordon and Gareth as...

Work Party : Sunday 11th June

There was another successful working party today.  This time  they cleared fly tipping about 200 metres north of bridge number 7,  on the offside bank. Unfortuneately, all of the rubbish was not removed due to lack of time, but an improvement has been made, and at a later time we will go back to continue...

THE WEEK AHEAD: 12TH JUNE 2017 TO 18TH JUNE 2017

TUESDAY 13TH JUNE: Work party meets at Brownsters Cafe, High Street, Clydach betwen 8.00 and 9.00am. Work starts 300 yards north of  Upper Trebanos Lock at 9.15 to build up the  badly eroded banks on the tow path side. We will also continue painting the wooden fencing leading to the  riverside path. SUNDAY 18TH JUNE: ...

THE WEEK AHEAD: 5TH JUNE 2017 TO 11TH JUNE 2017

  TUESDAY 6TH JUNE: Work party meets at Brownsters Cafe, High Street, Clydach betwen 8.00 and 9.00am. Work starts 300 yards north of  Upper Trebanos Lock at 9.15 to build up the  badly eroded banks on the tow path side. We will also continue painting the wooden fencing leading to the  riverside path. WEDNESDAY 7th...

WASH HOLE WORK PARTY: 23.5.17

Several tasks are involved in  the improvements that we, with the help of the Canal and River Trust, are making north of Upper Trebanos Lock where the canal disappears into the pipe on its dark journey to the centre of Pontardawe. Five  foot long treated timber poles are driven-in along the off bank to support...

THE WEEK AHEAD: 29TH MAY 2017 TO 4TH JUNE 2017

TUESDAY 30TH MAY 2017: Work Party meets at  Brownsters cafe between 8.00 and 9.00am. Work starts at 9.15 am, 400 yards north of Upper Trebanos Lock, where we are making great progress repairing the eroded banks and wash-holes. We dig back to the foundations of the original wall and build up with sand bags before...

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...