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ACWA Working Party

On 20-Aug-2006 the Working Party replaced two more stiles by kissing gates just west of where the M69 crosses the Oxford Canal at Ansty, on 23-Aug-2006 replaced the stile to the east of the M69. 

 The new k/g by the Oxford Canal, west of M69 : Sunday 20th Aug 2006
The new k/g by the Oxford Canal, west of M69 : Sunday 20th Aug 2006

Update: on 5-Sep-2006 we re-installed the new k/g replacing the high narrow stile one field north of canal, placing it at a different orientation at the request of the Farmer (new photo in August achievements below).

August Achievements

We have installed kissing gates to replace the three stiles where the M69 crosses the Oxford Canal at Ansty. 

One of these stiles was high and narrow, and often further restricted by the hedge growth.  This was one of our priority stiles on the 40-mile route to replace.  However the outline of the stile has been retained to form the fence separating the new kissing gate from the M69 fence (see photo right).
 

The new k/g replacing the high narrow stile, one field north of canal: Tuesday 5th Sep 2006
The new k/g replacing the high narrow stile, one field north of canal: Tuesday 5th Sep 2006
 

The other two stiles replaced this month were also high, and their condition was becoming poor.  See photos of the new kissing gates at top, and below.

A lot of additional work has been done this month Strimming the 40-mile route in preparation for Challenge 2006 (see picture below where the strimming team is approaching the kissing gate team as both tasks near completion).  We have also made &/or encouraged a number of "temporary" improvements to virtually all of the other priority difficulties on the 40-mile route.  We hope all these will be appreciated by this years Challenge participants.

The new k/g by the Oxford Canal, east of M69, with the strimming party approaching from Ansty : Wednesday 23rd Aug 2006
The new k/g by the Oxford Canal, east of M69, with the strimming party approaching from Ansty
Wednesday 23rd Aug 2006

The new k/g by the Oxford Canal, west of M69, with the inhabitants of the field : Wednesday 23rd Aug 2006
The new k/g by the Oxford Canal, west of M69, with the inhabitants of the field
Wednesday 23rd Aug 2006

Plans

The next Sunday session will be on:
Sunday 17th September at 9:30 am to about 1:00 pm
Location:  Meriden
Task: Replace the 2 stiles at each end of the path from the west end of
Old Road, leading NW to B4102
Meet at: Stile at west end of Old Road, Meriden GR 249 820

We are now reviewing our plans for future working parties.  The result is likely to continue to place some effort in improving the remaining difficulties on the 40-mile walk, but now to give more priority to creating further stile free short (3 to 5 mile) circular walks.

Dates for the rest of 2006 are then as follows:

  • Sunday 15th October
  • Sunday 19th November

Why not volunteer to join us whenever you can? 

Please contact John Green on 024 7650 3044 for further information. 

 


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