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COAST AND COUNTRY ON THE SWANSEA CANAL: 22.10.18.

THE  ITV CAMERA CREW CAME TO VISIT US FOR A PIECE ABOUT OUR VOLUNTEERS FOR THE REGULAR FRIDAY NIGHT PROGRAMME ‘COAST AND COUNTRY’. IT SHOULD BE BROADCAST IN THE NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE, PERHAPS AS ONE OF THE PIECES FOR THE NEW SERIES WHICH STARTED LAST FRIDAY NIGHT. WE CONCENTRATED ON THE TOWPATH BANKS WHICH...

Work Party 16.10.18

The severe weather over the weekend of the 13th and 14th of October had felled trees as well as putting the canal on flood alert. We went along on foot and in our flat bottomed boat to clear the channel and collect branches from the two trees near Holly Street in Pontardawe. The winding hole...

COAST AND COUNTRY, CANAL AND CAMERAS: 22ND OCT 2018.

MONDAY 22ND OF OCTOBER: THE WORK PARTY DAY HAS BEEN CHANGED THIS WEEK TO A MONDAY AS WE ARE DELIGHTED TO WELCOME THE ITV WALES ‘COAST AND COUNTRY’ TEAM TO THE SWANSEA CANAL. OUR VOLUNTEERS MEET IN BROWNSTERS CAFE, HIGH STREET, CLYDACH BETWEEN 8.00 AND 9.00AM AS USUAL AND WE WILL START WORK AT 9.15AM...

MORE WORK AT YNYSMEUDWY UPPER LOCK: 9.10.18.

The sun shone, the rain held off so we were able to get some more repointing done on the by wash. The dumper truck came in very handy as we  were mixing the lime mortar in the car park and that is some way from the lock.  See below! In the bywash the volunteers had...

THE WEEK AHEAD: SUNDAY 14.10.18 TO SATURDAY 20.10.18.

SUNDAY 14TH OCTOBER: THE SUNDAY WORK PARTY WILL BE AT YNYSMEUDWY LOCKS STARTING WORK AT 10.00AM. MEET IN THE  CANAL AND RIVER CAR PARK NEAR THE YNSYMEUDWY ARMS. PARKING  OUTSIDE THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB ON THE MAIN ROAD IS ALSO ALLOWED  FOR SCS VOLUNTEERS WHEN THE CLUB IS NOT OPEN. WE WILL BE JOINED...

THE WEEK AHEAD: SUNDAY 7.10.18 TO SATURDAY 13.10.18

Tuesday 9th October: Work Party meets at Brownsters Cafe, High Street, Clydach between 8.00 and 9.00am. Works starts at 9.15 am  at either 1. Halfway between Clydach Aqueduct and Clydach Lock where the branched burr reed infestation blocks the channel, or 2. Upper Ynysmeudwy Lock bywash where we will continue rebuilding and repointing the bywash...

REEDS, REEDS AND MORE REEDS: 2.10.18

This is what the canal channel looks like halfway between the Clydach Aqueduct and the Clydach Lock. What we have here is, I believe, Sparganium erectumis, a listed noxious weed in the United States. It is also known as the branched burr reed. As you can see it is choking this part of the canal....

FUNDAYZ FESTIVAL AT PLAYERS YARD: 29.9.18.

Wonderful weather blessed the first FUNDAYZ Festival held in the Players Industrial Estate. Colin Twells, the Player’s Yard Manager, and his team had worked so hard to get everything  ready for the day. Both the Swansea Canal Society and the Brecon Moutain Rescue team were nomimated as the beneficiaries of the  profits from the event...

TATA STAFF HELP OUT: 25.9.18.

It is always a great adrenaline buzz when our Tuesday Work Party volunteers are joined by outside organisations ready and willing to lend us a hand. So it was on Tuesday when eight staff from the Tata Steel works (Finance Section) arrived to help us clear the invasive reeds from the canal northof Pont John...

THE WEEK AHEAD: SUNDAY 30.9.18 TO SATURDAY 6.10.18

SUNDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER; Canoe and kayak hire for the last Sunday of the season at Coed Gwilym Park, Clydach SA6 5NS. Rafts £10.00, canoes £7.00, double kayaks £5.00 and single kayaks £4.00. First hire, 10.30am, last hire, 2.30pm. For full details see under ‘Canoe Hire’ on this website.   TUESDAY 2ND OCTOBER: Work Party meets...

THE WEEK AHEAD: 23RD SEPTEMBER TO 29TH SEPTEMBER 2018

SUNDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER:  CANOES FOR HIRE AT COED GWILYM PARK. First hire at 10.30. Last Hire at 2.30pm. Canoes £7, rafts £10.00, kayaks £5 and £4. Fulldetails on the website under Canoe Hire.   Tuesday 25th September: Work Party Meets at Brownsters Cafe between 8.00 and 9,.00a. Work Starts at  9.15am  on the canal south...

David LLewellyn of the Valleys Landscape Park visits the Canal: 11.9.18

Above: L to R: John Gwalter (Swansea Canal Society), Ceri Davies (Canal and River Trust) David Morgan (CRT) John Andrew Davies (SCS), Amy Leach-Haynes, (Prosperity and Valleys Taskforce Branch), Andy Ellis (SCS), David Llewellyn (Project Manager, Valleys Landscape Park). We were joined on Tuesday by the Project Manager of the proposed Valleys Landscape Park, David...