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ACWA Working Party

On 7-Oct-2009 a Working Party installed a new kissing gate, a new bridge with rail, a new ditch and put wire netting on the boardwalk and long bridge - all on ACW south on Benton Green.

The new s/b with handrail near completion, with the new k/g beyond: 17-Oct-2009
The new s/b with handrail near completion, with the new k/g beyond : 7-Oct-2009

October Achievements 1 (to be cont. in WP News 47)

The main tasks for the day were to replace the stile and ditch crossing at GR 256 786 with a new k/g + s/b with handrail.  The nearly completed installation is shown in above photo.  The photo below shows the old stile, with the tools and some of the material delivered - the rest of the party had gone back to collect more materials.

The old stile, with the tools and some of the material delivered: 17-Oct-2009
The old stile, with the tools and some of the material delivered : 7-Oct-2009

The 3rd, 4th and 5th tasks were fixing anti-slip wire netting to the boardwalk, digging a shallow drainage ditch to the west of the k/g and putting stones/ballast surface on the path entering the k/g from the north.  This finally completed work at this site started on 3-Jun then continued on 2-Sep.  The photo below shows the end result.

The anti-slip wire netting on the boardwalk, the shallow drainage ditch to the right of the k/g and the stones/ballast on the path: 17-Oct-2009
The anti-slip wire netting on the boardwalk, the shallow drainage ditch to the right of the k/g and the stones/ballast on the path : 7-Oct-2009

The final (& 6th) task was fixing anti-slip wire netting to the "long-bridge", which has been in place many years but now crosses a much deeper ditch.  Photo below shows the finished result as viewed from the east.

The anti-slip wire netting on the
The anti-slip wire netting on the "long-bridge" : 7-Oct-2009

A dry and initially sunny day made working a pleasure, though the number of tasks and the amount of work to construct the s/b with handrail made it a long day.  Moving people to Benton Green and carrying tools and materials to site took till about 10:30 and it was 14:30 before we had just about finished, with just the task of getting all the tools back to Benton Green.  We were helped with transporting things to and from the site by David & Phil (SMBC team), who also lent us a powerful rechargeable drill and a wheelbarrow.  Phil came back about 13:30 and helped us with the s/b before helping barrow/carry things back to Benton Green.  By 15:30 we were in the Bear at Berkeswell having our lunch, a good hour earlier than after the September WP! 

Plans

The next session planned is:

  Wednesday 21st October 2009 at 9:30 am to about 1:00 pm
Location: On Circular Walk 10, the section approaching Brinklow from Kings Newnham
Park at: In Brinklow Village or on verge along Cathiron Lane 
Meet at: Site 1 (GR 437 791) at Junction of Fosse Way with
Cathiron Lane/Rugby Road
Task(s):

Replace 2 or 3 stiles with k/g at Sites 1, 2 &/or 3.   See Map for Details of Locations which also shows stiles to be replaced at a later date

 
The remaining Working parties in 2009 are expected to be in Warwickshire.  It is also likely that next year we will continue to meet on the third Wednesday each month from 20-Jan-2010 through to 17-Nov-2010.  Details soon.

The expected remaining 2009 dates are:

  • 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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