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Next WPPrevious WP ACWA Working Party

On 20-Feb-2013 a WP installed another 2 k/gs + 2 sleeper bridges on ACW Circular Walk 20 beyond point 6, near to Close Wood going south west from Kinwalsey Lane.

NAAFI van arrived, two k/g completed. drinks served : 20-Feb-2013
NAAFI van arrived, two k/g completed. drinks served : 20-Feb-2013

February Achievements

On Wed-6-Feb we held a small WP to fix two stiles and two wooden gates, all between CP6 at Breach Oak Lane and The Laurels on Coventry Road at Corley Ash.

This month's main tasks were to replace two stiles with new metal k/gs on ACW Circular Walk 20 within quarter of a mile of point 6, near to Close Wood going south west from Kinwalsey Lane (GR 256844).  Extra tasks were to build 2 sleeper bridges and dig ditches to prepare for finalising the November tasks by adding road-stone to the hopefully dried out mud.

Substantial sleeper bridge over new canal : 20-Feb-2013
Substantial sleeper bridge over new canal : 20-Feb-2013

Near site 1 & well before NAAFI time, team 4 had completed a substantial sleeper bridge and dug a canal so the ponds overflow runs into the ditch before flooding the path.  We used the two new sleepers supplied, nailed to bearers recovered from the step support posts from one of the stiles.  An unplanned task, but a great improvement on a path we found much wetter than in November!

At sites 3 & 4 conditions were much better, with sandy and pine needle soil making digging holes easy.  Teams 1 & 2 completed both stiles before NAAFI time (see photo at top, or of the stile on SkyDrive link below).


Site 2 canal & new small s/b: : 20-Feb-2013
Site 2 canal & new small s/b: 20-Feb-2013

At site 2, we found November's little draining ditch had disappeared, so team 3 got to work digging a "bypass canal" for floodwater, and with a bridge-kit of three old stile steps and two stile posts built a small sleeper bridge.  The mud in the k/g and nearby was still as bad as when we left it in November, but we will now have to wait for it all to dry out so the path can be levelled and road-stone surface made on our next visit! 

If you would like to see more photos of this WP, or these here at larger sizes and higher definition, visit Sky Drive where you will find photos from November followed by those from February.

Weather cold, BUT NO RAIN!  We finished by 1:00 and half of us got to "The Queens Head" in time for an early but very welcome lunch.

Plans

The next full session planned is:

  Wednesday 20th March 2013 at 9:30 am to about 1:00 pm
Location:

On Millennium Way about 350 yds after it crosses Kenilworth Road, Balsall Common (GR 254 745)

Park at:

Lay-by on Kenilworth Road (Marker 2 on Map - GR 255 746)

Meet at:

Lay-by as above to carry tools etc., or Site 1 if too late.

Task(s):

Hard cutting back of hedge and installing Two kissing gates, & maybe a small boardwalk, plus removing 2 old stiles some 20 paces south then making good fence.          See Map for Details

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

       
  • 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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