On 21-Nov-2012 a WP installed two k/gs on ACW Circular Walk 20 at
point 6, near to Close Wood going south west from Kinwalsey
12:14 : NAAFI van arrived, drinks served :
This month's tasks were to replace two stiles in poor condition
with new metal k/gs on ACW Circular Walk 20 at point 6, near to
Close Wood going south west from Kinwalsey Lane (GR 256844).
Simple tasks, but made hard by torrential rain, and a late
11:33 : Just starting in earnest at Site 1 - :
On site 1 it looked as though a large tree stump would be a hard
task to move, but this turned out to be just a log. Once work
got started in earnest the tasks progressed well to be completed in
about 2 hours.
On Site 2 the main difficulty was water pouring from the
sky and down a shallow ditch (and seemed to be from all other
directions as well!).
It was so bad that any hole dug filled up faster than it
could be dug. If it needed widening a bit it was hard to
do so in the required direction resulting in large lakes and
even more mud.
We also had to add some fencing.
By the time the gate, the hoops and the fence were all
joined up and the soil (mud) tamped in, the complete assembly
was "floating" in a lake of mud, and could be adjusted to
correct orientation. BUT we are not sure if it will
settle down correctly as it all dries out!
To help a bit we dug a shallow ditch taking the water past
the east side of the gate and left most new water flowing that
way. We will come back to adjust as needed when & IF
it ever dries out! .. or maybe to dig a deeper ditch and build
a sleeper bridge over it?)
11:55 : Digging a 2 foot
deep hole filled with 2 foot deep water :
14:24 : Gate 2 'complete', with added new ditch
(brown stream on right) : 21-Nov-2012
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We finished by about 14:30 so although some of the team went
straight home to dry out, half of us got to "The Queens Head" a bit
damp but in time for a slightly late but very welcoming lunch.
The WP planned for 16-Jan-2013 was cancelled due to the bad
weather conditions. It is now rescheduled for
20-Feb-2013. On Wed-6-Feb we held a small WP to fix two stiles
and two wooden gates.
The next full session planned is:
February 2013 at 9:30 am to about 1:00
ACW Circular Walk 20 point 6, near to
Close Wood going south west from Kinwalsey Lane (GR 256844)
and the next two boundary crossings
near High Ash Farm (Marker 5 on
map) or if delivering tools or materials on Kinwalsey Lane
north of Site 1 in safe spot or as agreed with Bob Carey
Site 1 (GR 256844) for collecting tools
or moving road
Replace 1 Stile with metal Kissing Gate at site 3, and
"make good" the k/g at sites 1 & 2 by adjusting site as
needed, including adding a small sleeper bridge near site
2, then laying of road stone. Should weather,
number of volunteers and time allow, we may also replace the
stile at site 4.
The probable 2013 dates (assuming 3rd Wed every month Jan-Nov
agreed at AGM) are:
Why not volunteer to join us whenever you can? Please
contact Bob Carey on 024 7645 5251
for further information.