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ACWA Working Party

On 19-Nov-2008 a Working Party installed two new kissing gates at the entrances to Brinklow Castle Motte & Bailey.

New k/g at entrance from Ell Lane, with the Motte (The Tump) ahead, and the Bailey behind the hedge to the right : 19-Nov-2008 
New k/g at entrance from Ell Lane, with the Motte (The Tump) ahead,
and the Bailey behind the hedge to the right : 19-Nov-2008

October Achievements

On 19-Nov-2008 a Working Party installed the two new kissing gates at the entrance to Brinklow Castle Motte & Bailey from Ell Lane and the entrance from the path leaving the village near The Raven pub.

New k/g at Ell Lane entrance view from the motte: 19-Nov-2008
New k/g at Ell Lane entrance view
from the motte : 19-Nov-2008

New k/g viewed from top of path from The Raven : 19-Nov-2008
New k/g viewed from top of path
from The Raven : 19-Nov-2008

This was a hard but satisfying days work.  Hard because the stiles had been set in lots of brick rubble and concrete which had to be chipped away to make each of the four holes for each gate, as well as for making holes to rebuild the fences.  Satisfying because the sun shone, the ground where we worked was dry, and The Raven kept us wet (with Coffee on arrival at 9:30, and good food and drink for lunch just after 2:00pm) - many thanks to the new hosts.  [NB : The Raven will launch a new website with details soon, and I will then add a link from our Refreshments page.]

New k/g and improved stile at top of path from The Raven : 19-Nov-2008 
New k/g and improved stile at top of path from The Raven : 19-Nov-2008

The remaining stile will not be replaced at present, but it has been enhanced by the removal of the top rail to bring in line with current standards, and with the double step it is easy to climb.  We further enhanced the looks by upgrading the WM discs.

On 25-Nov-08, a small WP returned to upgrade the discs on all 5 Waymark Posts between the two new k/gs.

Note: for history lesson on Brinklow Castle and link to details of what a Motte & Bailey are, see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brinklow_Castle

Plans

The next full session will be on:

Wednesday 21st January 2009 at 9:30 am to about 1:00 pm
Location: Kenilworth Golf Course to A46 section of ACW
Meet at: Kingswood Farmhouse (GR 316 731)
Task(s): Install two new k/g - at sites 1 & 2.
See
Map for details of Locations & Tasks

Dates for the rest of 2009 will be mostly on the third Wednesday in each month from Jan-Nov.  The expected dates are therefore:

  • Wednesday 18 Feb
  • Wednesday 18 Mar
  • Wednesday 15 Apr
  • Wednesday 20 May
  • Wednesday 17 Jun
  • Wednesday 15 Jul 2009
  • Wednesday 19 Aug
  • Wednesday 16 Sep
  • Wednesday 21 Oct
  • Wednesday 18 Nov
  • Why not volunteer to join us whenever you can? 

    Please contact Bob Carey on 024 7645 5251 for further information.
     


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