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ACWA Working Party

On 17-Aug-2011 a Working Party replaced two stiles and installed a new sleeper bridge on Walk 1 on the Broad Lane to Back Lane leg.

The finished k/g, s/b & ditch : 17-Aug-2011
The finished k/g, s/b & ditch : 17-Aug-2011

August Achievements

The day's tasks were again one "simple" stile replacement and one more complex stile replacement with a k/g, s/b and shallow ditch.

The finished k/g long after the team moved on : 17-Aug-2011
The finished k/g long after the team moved on : 17-Aug-2011

The first sites "simple" stile replacement proved a bit harder than expected because all 4 holes were in an area of compacted stone and concrete rubble.  However the team were compensated by supplies of tea from the farmer, plus a history lesson informing us that both sites are on the line of a former carriageway - he even knew the driver of the last carriage to use that route in 1909!

The finished k/g and bridge from the farm track : 17-Aug-2011
The finished k/g and bridge from the farm track : 17-Aug-2011

The second site needed careful planning to fit a k/g & s/b in the steep gap where the stile acted as barrier and a step down into an often flooded shallow ditch.  The finally agreed plan worked out very well, though all 4 holes were in an area of compacted stone and concrete rubble as expected, plus a few hedge roots.  The stones, supplemented by a few larger ones found nearby were used to build a dry stone retaining wall for the hoop area, and the s/b was sited to keep near the hedge but also cross the shallow ditch.  The team from the first site joined us to help build the bridge, while others finished making good the fence and finishing the gardening and ditch digging.

An enjoyable day, finishing work a few minutes before 3:00 pm and then having lunch in The Bear at Berkswell.

Plans

After two months of long days, we might take a break in September.  Many of our usual team will be on holiday for the planned date of 21-Sep so a full session will probably be impractical - a small session may be organised.

The next full session planned is:

  Wednesday 19th October 2011 at 9:30 am to about 1:00 pm
Location: Walk 1 & 1A just south of Millison's Wood
Park at:

Church Lane, Meriden.  Please park a few 100 yds west of the Church on the "grasscrete".

Meet at:

As above, or if you arrive late at Site 1

Task(s):

Replace 3 stiles with 1 Gap + 2 k/g & replace 1 inadequate sleeper bridge with a new longer/higher one.
     see Map for Details
     

We will probably organise a small WP late-Oct/early-Nov to replace/install 5 WMP on the ACW path from the A45 towards Wolston.  Volunteers to be recruited at 19-Oct-2011 WP.

The expected remaining 2011 dates are:

  • Wednesday 19-Oct-2011
  • Late Oct/Early Nov


  • 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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