Collaborations

How the Brec and Mon Can Help Us. 18.4.17.

Above: Canal restoration at Wellington Bridge, Llantarnam. The success of the restoration of the Brec and Mon Canal south of Cwmbran is something from which we can all learn.  A partnership of two local authorities,  the Monmouthshire, Brecon and Abergavenny Canal Trusts and Natural Resources Wales, it has already obtained Heritage Lottery Funding. It is...

THE WEEK AHEAD: 17TH APRIL TO 23RD APRIL 2017.

TUESDAY 18TH APRIL: Day trip to the Mon and Brec Canal to see the wonderful work that the Restoration Partnership is doing between Cwmbran and Newport. We will meet Richard Dommett who is the project manager at the Llantarnam site south of Cwmbran. He will give us a talk on the progress so far and...

THIS AND THAT, BIBS and BOBS, SNIPPETS OF NEWS.

The wooden trough that took water from the Old Pump House next to Pont John Bridge in Clydach into the tunnel next to the Clydach Aqueduct was moved in the 1960s to north of Upper Trebanos Lock where it was used to take excess water from the old Darren Colliery. John Hutchings, the then Waterways...

The Canal Beneath Our Feet (8): Ready to Rubble Rumble: 9.4.17.

All precautions to isolate water, gas, and electricity supplies to the redundant building  over the buried lock have now been taken and certificates to that effect issued.  The contractor who will demolish it has made a site visit. He will also remove all rubble produced by the work which is good news. We have levelled...

Pen y Bryn Pupils: Path Layers and Model Makers

Add Media      After  helping us put up bird boxes in the new Nature Reserve in Coed Gwilym Park two weeks     ago, our friends from Pen y Bryn School returned to lay bark chipping paths through the trees.We thank John Donovan, our Education Officer, for arranging the event with the school and the Parks...

THE CANAL BENEATH OUR FEET (4): ST. BENEDICT’S CHURCH 21.2.17.

       Eager to keep our side of the bargain to clear the overgrown bramble in St. Benedict’s Church car park in exchange for Fr. Nevin generously allowing us to cut  through his boundary wall to the route of the new canal towpath, we brought loppers, shears, drag forks and wheelbarrows a-plenty with us to the...

THE CANAL BENEATH OUR FEET: Restoring the Piped Section (3): 15.2.17.

Gordon and Gareth have been busy once more. The demolition work site in the   Old Highway Depot has now been secured. Not only is the building to be demolished  (pictured left) carefully screened with HERAS fencing but the lock over which it was built is also safe. You can now watch the water flowing through...

All The News: Tuesday 14.2.17

Four different activities spread out on four different sites today. The work to remove the heaps of weeds and grass from the towpath side went on and was successfully completed. The Lliw building supply bags are excellent for filling up with the vegetation and  are weightless once on board the boat but the off-loaders on...

THE WEEK AHEAD: 13TH FEBRUARY TO 19TH FEBRUARY 2017

TUESDAY 14TH FEBRUARY: Work Party meets at Brownsters cafe between 8.00 and 9.00am. Work starts from the canal side behind Clydach Police Station. We have more heaps of vegetation (shown above) to transport from the towpath to the off-side for composting. Also, there is unsightly fly-tipping beyond the wall of St John’s church next to...

SWANSEA CANAL HISTORY

This is an article as sent to the Swansea History Society, requested by them for their magazine, The Chronicle, by Clive Reed. The Swansea Canal was constructed during the period referred to in Britain as the canal mania era, and was one of the six larger canals constructed in South Wales; there were several smaller...

TARENI COLLIERY by Clive Reed

Tareni Colliery 1902-1949   This book is the story of a deep coalmine in Cwmtawe; the Swansea Valley, one of forty-six coalmines that were recorded as working in this valley in the period just prior to the First World War. Tareni Colliery worked at depths of up to 1000 feet below the surface in the...

SHARE THE SPACE, DROP THE PACE Coed Gwilym Parc, Tuesday 27th September

         Photos by Dom Byrne