On Friday, December 1st, the Rhondda Tunnel Society along with 'Hammonds' of Aberdare, who represent Highways England, Richard Storey of Balfour Beatty (Tunnels Examining Engineer) Steve Jones (RTS Engineer) Graeme Bickerdike (Journalist and Photographer) along with the obligatory Mines Rescue Team (Dinas) assembled ready to enter the Rhondda Tunnel. At about 9.30 am on a bitterly cold day, it was time to enter.
The First Team to enter was Hammonds who's task was to measure the Airshaft to find out the diameter so the new cap can be designed which will be installed early next year. Team two then entered, Steve Jones, Richards Story, Jim Maggs and myself. As only Two teams were allowed to enter at the same Time, Team Three, Tony Moon and Graeme Bickerdike entered after Team 1 (Hammonds) ascended to the surface.
In all the times I have been fortunate enough to enter the Tunnel, the worse part is the crawl through the narrow pipe from the inspection chamber to the Tunnel. I have mentioned a few times to my colleagues and Mines Rescue that we should use a skateboard to get through the pipe which has always been met with laughter, sniggers and a few skeptical groans. So this visit, I decided try out my idea or invention.
The skateboard was donated to the Society by Helen Pick of Elegance Treorchy. So I drilled a hole at the front and back of the board and tied enough nylon rope each side of it so it could be pulled back and fore through the pipe. The time came to try it. Billy Teague (Mines Rescue) crawled through the pipe closely followed by the skateboard as he took the rope through with him. I indicated I was on laying on the board and was ready to be transported into the Tunnel.
With minimal effort, I was catapulted through the pipe in three seconds flat. No crawling, no exertion, no puffing or panting or grunting. PURE GENIUS! Everyone including Mines Rescue agreed that it was the bees knees. The fastest through was Jim Maggs. He shot through like a torpedo out of a tube! We had a job to catch him! Once in the Tunnel the duties of the Officers began. A long hard day unfolded, but we all realise how privileged we all are to be in the Tunnel. The day ended in the dark at about 5.00pm. Next: The Detailed Survey early next Year.
This coming Sunday will see the Treorchy Community voting for their chosen Charities or Project at the Boys and Girls Club, Treorchy. This is you chance to help the Society win the awards they have applied for. There are 4 categories, and the Society has entered the 4. You have 1 vote IN EACH category. 15 and over can vote this year so take your youngsters along to vote for us. Take along something to prove your address like a utility bill. PLEASE, Help us this Sunday. 11 am until 4 pm, Treorchy Boys and Girls Club.
One week to the Rhondda Tunnel Society Brass & Voices Concert at the Park & Dare Theatre, Treorchy. Don’t miss this incredible evening of music & song, Tuesday November 7th at 7: 15pm, featuring Lewis-Merthyr Band, Pendyrus Male Choir, BBC Radio Wales’ Beverley Humphreys, Côr Y Cwm & Treorchy Comprehensive School Choir with Soloist Sydney Richards. Tickets are available from the Park & Dare Theatre Box Office on 03000 040 444 or visit https://rct-theatres.co.uk/event/brass-voices #likeandshare See you there!
Tickets are now on sale from the Park and Dare Box Office for the Rhondda Tunnels 'Brass and Voices Charity Concert. This is our Second Concert featuring the wonderful talents of the following: -
The Pendyrus Male Voice Choir.
The Lewis Merthyr Brass Band.
Treorchy Comprehensive School Choir.
Cor Y Cwm.
Sydney Richards Soloist and once again Beverly Humphrey Compare. So make a date for Tuesday the 7th November and come and enjoy this Magical for yourselves. The Concert was a sell out last year and tickets are going fast. So to avoid disappointment, get yours now!
Today, the Rhondda Tunnel Society met up with the Pen y Cymoedd Wind Farm Community Fund CIC's Executives (Vattenfall) to thank them for the faith they have put into the Project. Other successful applicants attended the get together and thanked everyone for the grants that they were awarded.
The Rhondda Tunnel Society will be holding their Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Park and Dare Lounge on Thursday 16th November 2017 at 7pm. Fully paid up members only will be allowed to attend.
The Rhondda Tunnel Society will be once again holding their 'Brass and Voices' Concert at the Park and Dare Theatre on Tuesday 7th November 2017 at 7.15pm. The line up is again Spectacular. Performing on the night will be the Pendyrus Male Voice Choir. The Lewis Merthyr Brass Band. The Treorchy Comprehensive Choir, Cor Y Cwm Choir with Sydney Richards being the Soloist. Tickets are available from the Box Office at the Park and Dare. Circle £12, Stalls £10 with concessionaries £11 and £9. It's going to be a wonderful night. Come along and support us .