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ACWA Working Party

On 1-Dec-2010 a Working Party built a new bridge from Solihull to Warwickshire, crossing a stream south of Dorridge.

Solihull and Warwickshire vans delivering the
Solihull and Warwickshire vans delivering the "Kit" : 1-Dec-2010

December Achievements

The bridge was a project sponsored jointly by Solihull MBC and Warwickshire CC, being a bridge which crossed a stream from Solihull to the east and Warwickshire to the west of the boundary a few miles south of Dorridge.

The bridge allows a local path to be re-instated on the definitive route, instead of using an unofficial diversion which has been in use for many years.

Both authorities came and helped with the tasks.  We built a "Kit-Bridge", but on this occasion the kit was a set of timber planks cut to size, but leaving us to drill all bolt holes and make a 4 metre long (but narrow) four sleeper bridge.  A handrail was fitted, and waymarks erected by the bridge and at each end of the stretch of path.

More photos can be seen at the Microsoft Live website (Note: You may have to install Microsoft Silverlight when first invited to)


The bridge under construction : 1-Dec-2010
The bridge under construction : 1-Dec-2010

The finished bridge : 1-Dec-2010
The finished bridge : 1-Dec-2010


A day with freezing temperatures and snow on the ground, but a lot of sunny spells and only a few short snow showers.  

However we all enjoyed the work in the bracing conditions.

With 7 volunteers and 3 from the LA, the complete task was finished by 12:30.

As now traditional, we then retired to a local pub (The Railway Inn) for an excellent lunch


The next session planned is:

  Wednesday 19th January 2011 at 9:30 am to about 1:00 pm
Location: On the stretch of ACW between Old Waste Lane and the Greenway
Park at:

Old Waste Lane (GR 254 765)

Meet at:

Old Waste Lane or site 5


Install one new k/gate (Site 4 on the map) and replace one sleeper bridge (Site 5 on the map) 
  see Map for Details

Lots of tasks proposed for next year ... some may be announced at the AGM on 5-Dec
The expected 2011 dates will therefore below:

  • Wednesday 19-Jan-2011
  • Wednesday 16-Feb-2011
  • Wednesday 16-Mar-2011
  • Wednesday 20-Apr-2011
  • Wednesday 18-May-2011
  • Wednesday 15-Jun-2011 

  • Wednesday 20-Jul-2011
  • Wednesday 17-Aug-2011
  • Wednesday 21-Sep-2011
  • Wednesday 19-Oct-2011
  • Wednesday 16-Nov-2011 
  • Why not volunteer to join us whenever you can?

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

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