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The new Way Mark Post : 21-Oct-2012
The new Way Mark Post
21-Oct-2012

 

 

 

 

The next k/g to the north : 21-Oct-2012
The next k/g to the north
21-Oct-2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Next WPPrevious WP ACWA Working Party

In Memory of Cyril Bean Mr A Coventry Way, on 3-Oct-2012 and 17-Oct WPs installed one p/g and one k/g where ACW passes into and out of Meriden Churchyard, and a new WMP opposite the Queens Head..

Detail view of the new gate from Church Lane into the Churchyard : 3-Oct-2012
Detail view of the new gate from Church Lane into the Churchyard : 3-Oct-2012

October Achievements

This month's tasks were to replace the crumbling wooden gates where ACW passes into and out of Meriden Churchyard, with new replicas made from solid oak.  These are installed as a fitting memorial to Cyril Bean, as well as an overdue upgrade of two gates which needed replacements of suitable quality and appearance. 

Wide view of the new gate from Church Lane into the Churchyard : 3-Oct-2012
Wide view of the new gate from Church Lane into the Churchyard : 3-Oct-2012

The first task completed was the p/g.  This turned out to be a direct "plug-in" replacement of the new wooden parts, with the new posts dropping in to the slightly enlarged concrete holes used by the old gates, but having to use the old hinges to make it fit properly, including using a similar small strip of wood to correctly align the bottom hinge (this piece of wood will be replaced by oak on 17-Oct).  The result looks excellent, and has already been admired by many users.

The new kissing gate as viewed from the Churchyard : 3-Oct-2012
The new kissing gate as viewed from the Churchyard : 3-Oct-2012

The second task was to replace the k/g.  The task started with ease - removal of the old hoops simply involved lifting the whole assembly of the ground, as all three posts were completely rotted away below ground. Fitting the new hoops however led to difficulties, which were eventually overcome.  Fitting the gate post and gate was less difficult, but like the p/g required a temporary extra piece of softwood (this piece of wood was replaced by oak on 17-Oct).  The tie-bar planned to be fitted underground to ensure long term stability had unfortunately been made too wide, so this was shortened and fitted on 17-Oct..

The "tie-bar" as viewed from the Churchyard : 3-Oct-2012
The "tie-bar" as viewed from the Churchyard : 17-Oct-2012

On the second day we:

  1. Installed the new WMP
  2. Replaced the temporary softwood fixing for the k/g top hinge with Oak, added the tie-bar to ensure stability, filled in the hole, raised the level of the path then added a finishing surface of stone chippings.
  3. Replaced the temporary softwood spacer for the p/g bottom hinge with Oak and eased the fulcrum bolt of the catch to make it work well.
  4. Made simple improvements to the next k/g to the north to improve use
  5. Cleared any remaining vegetation obstructing the whole path.

The new kissing gate as viewed from the north : 3-Oct-2012
The new kissing gate as viewed from the north : 17-Oct-2012

The days were both sunny and reasonably warm, with the only rain coming while we were in the pub having lunch (... yes, on BOTH days, with a heavy shower timed to start as we ordered lunch, and stop before we wanted to leave!). On the first day the task was long, but both tasks were completed as far as possible by about 15:30 so only a few went to the pub for lunch.  On the second day we finished by 13:20 so got to "The Queens Head" in good time for lunch.

Plans

The next full session planned is:

  Wednesday 21st November 2012 at 9:30 am to about 1:00 pm
Location:

ACW Circular Walk 20 point 6, near to Close Wood going south west from Kinwalsey Lane (GR 256844)

Park at:

On Kinwalsey Lane north of above in safe spot (may have to go to marker 3 on map) or near High Ash Farm if agreed with Bob Carey in advance.

Meet at:

Site 1 (GR 256844)

Task(s):

Replace two Stiles with metal Kissing Gates.
      See Map for details

The probable remaining 2012 date (3rd Wed every month Jan-Nov) is:

       
  • 21-Nov-2012
  • Why not volunteer to join us whenever you can?  Please contact Bob Carey on 024 7645 5251 for further information. 
     


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