ACWA Working Party
On 15-Apr-2009 a Working Party
installed two new kissing gates, a few new steps and a new signpost
on Circular Walk 7, south of Weston Lane, Bubbenhall.
Site 1 - First new k/g (viewed from the lane) : 15-Apr-2009
The first new k/g is located where the
path south leaves Weston Lane, Bubbenhall (GR 362 711). This replaced a stile, but
required construction of three new steps to connect from the k/g to the sleeper
bridge across the ditch.
Note: In the longer term, it could be sensible to replace the steps and sleeper bridge with a
higher sleeper bridge so that the path slopes up gently from the
path through the k/g to the grass verge by the road. This would avoid
the steep slope down to the bridge from the verge (seen starting
"going over the edge" on bottom-left of photo), and make the site
easier and safer for users.
Site 2 - The new signpost (viewed from south) : 15-Apr-2009
The new signpost (a tall waymark post) was
installed by the farm track gap after the first field
(GR 361 707). This gives clear direction to the south down the field
On the side shown in the photo (view from the south) the WM
indicates the "Veer Left" towards the first stile, visible in the
distance hedgerow towards the left (the "Red Arrow" in the
sky points also towards the location so you can find it - but on the
ground, with the naked eye zooming on the distant headline, the
first new k/g with the bright yellow topped signpost is clearly
Site 3 - The second k/g, withe end of s/b in foreground (view from north) : 15-Apr-2009
The second k/g was fitted by the exit from the second field (GR 360 705).
This was previously a gap, but requested by the
farmer who will be using this field for stock in a year or
Exact positioning proved tricky due to ditches located in front
and to the right (as viewed from the north in the photo), the entry
having to be linked from the sleeper bridge, and the exit linking to
the path which veers left. Four of us tried various locations
and finally agreed on the one used. The end result seems
excellent, and we hope all who use it will agree!
The new trolley, and the usual packhorse, returning tools to the parking space : 15-Apr-2009
The day was very interesting. The
farmer delivered all materials and tools to the sites in his large
Wheeled Loader (not sure of model
- will check next month!?). First stop at site 1, and
he demonstrated the JCBs versatility by dropping off the loaded shovel, then
using a hook on the lifting arm to drag out the stile and step -
giving the team at this site a clear lead! At site 2 we
agreed the exact location for the signpost to be clear for farm
operations but excellent for giving directions. At site 3 work starting
was delayed, with delivery a bit later due to distance but
start installation much later (c.10:40) due to time taken to
determine exact position.
No real setbacks after that, but weather
dull & damp till lunchtime then hot sunshine, hard digging
- and with a team of only 6 available we were not
finished till c.14:45. John Green had however rescheduled
lunch to The Oak at Baginton where meals and drinks are served all
day! A long but satisfying day - we will return next
The next full session will be on:
|| Wednesday 20th May 2009 at 9:30 am
to about 1:00 pm|
||Circular Walk 7, end Note 1. Weston
Lane near Bubbenhall|
Parking space in Weston Lane opposite site 1 (GR 363 709)|
||Install 2 new k/g north of Weston Lane|
see Map for Details of Locations
Dates for the rest of 2009 will be mostly on
the third Wednesday in each month from Jan-Nov, with work expected
to be in Warwickshire.
We are also planning three extra dates for work in Solihull, carrying out tasks on
the Benton Green to Carol Green improvement project. Details to follow soon.
The expected dates are therefore:
Wednesday 20 May
Wednesday 3 Jun
Wednesday 17 Jun
Wednesday 1 Jul
Wednesday 15 Jul
Wednesday 5 Aug
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.