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Next WPPrevious WP ACWA Working Party

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 Lane.

12:14 : NAAFI van arrived, drinks served : 21-Nov-2012
12:14 : NAAFI van arrived, drinks served : 21-Nov-2012

November Achievements

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 start.

11:33 : Just starting in earnest at Site 1 - : 21-Nov-2012
11:33 : Just starting in earnest at Site 1 - : 21-Nov-2012

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 : 21-Nov-2012
11:55 : Digging a 2 foot deep hole filled with 2 foot deep water : 21-Nov-2012


14:24 : Gate 2 'complete', with added new ditch (brown stream on right) : 21-Nov-2012
14:24 : Gate 2 'complete', with added new ditch (brown stream on right) : 21-Nov-2012

If you would like to see more photos of this WP, or these here at larger sizes and higher definition, visit Sky Drive.

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.

Plans

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:

  Wednesday 20th February 2013 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) and the next two boundary crossings

Park at:

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 in advance.

Meet at:

Site 1 (GR 256844) for collecting tools or moving road stone.

Task(s):

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.
    See Map for details   

The probable 2013 dates (assuming 3rd Wed every month Jan-Nov agreed at AGM) are:

       
  • 20-Feb-2013
  • 20-Mar-2013
  • 17-Apr-2013
  • 15-May-2013
  • 19-Jun-2013 
  • 17-Jul-2013
  • 21-Aug-2013
  • 18-Sep-2013
  • 16-Oct-2013
  • 20-Nov-2013
  • Why not volunteer to join us whenever you can?  Please contact Bob Carey on 024 7645 5251 for further information. 
     


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