On 02-Sep-2015, 9-Sep, 14-Sep, 16-Sep &
23-Sep small WPs cleared a range of blocked paths on CW16 &
CW17A, ACW and Walk 7 (twice) .
leaving Bennetts Road North and southern end of path 17A :
On 02-Sep-2015 a small team returned to the same
path a WP on 17-Jun-2015 cleared a stretch of blocked path on on
CW16 leaving Bennetts Road North to clear the nettles, etc. which
had grown since. The farmer had cut the other side of the
hedge, including cutting the top, so the overall effect looks
The team then moved on to the southern end of path 17A, and
cleared a path through the maize.
On 09-Sep-2015 Bob Carey, (as a follow-up to
Nick's report on Walks 7 and part of 8) did a visit to Walk 7
to check on state of stretch from Bubbenhall Wood to the leg to the
south of the land-filled quarry. Bob slightly re-sited a
WMP (and will return to dig it in later) but found the stretch to
south of the land-filled quarry now clear. On the path along
the SW side of Bubbenhall Wood Bob spent two hours making a path
just about usable but confirmed that a full WP should work on this
We tried to get a team for 16-Sep (the 3rd Wed in Sep), but only
had two people available - and the Weather forecast was
bad. We therefore changed the date to Wed-23-Sep when five
people were available.
On 23-Sep-2015 the five of us attacked the
path along the SW side of Bubbenhall Wood with our two electric
Hedge Trimmers, our petrol Strimmer and hand tools. This
resulted in a well cleared section over the first c.150 metres
BUT leaving the remaining c.650 metres for another
day (or more?).
Part of the problem is the heavy work to do, but part of the
problem was power tools, with work needed to do "maintenance" /
- Strimmer. We could not get as good
performance as BobR & PeteP were achieving on 19-Aug-2015
WP! This was partly due to lack of recent experience, and
partly because we had one new fault (head came off!).
Reported to BobR who will investigate and service as needed, and
maybe train us better?
- Hedge Trimmers. The oldest of the pair
were found to have a piece broken off the end of the blade AND a
loose firm connection of the blade to inside of gearbox.
Wasted time diagnosing cause on site before stopping use of that
On 5-Oct-2015 BobC & I had both Hedge
Trimmers on my workbench. Prior to that we had discussions via
email & phone to propose causes and fixes, which on the bench
proved our theories, and in less than 2 hours we had completed
repairs and service on both. Basically tightening 4 very loose
screws made inside of gearbox as new, including extra grease inside
the gearbox. The broken end of the blade was fixed by grinding
the end sections off the top and bottom cutters and the "U shaped
girder" support so the new end looked just like the original (but
the whole "Shear Blade Component Set" is a bit shorter.
Re-oiled generously had it all working (almost) as good as
new! Much cheaper than buying a new "Shear Blade Component
Set" which is priced on most lists as almost the cost of the
discounted complete new tool.
However we must all take care
not to try cutting wire fences, and checking if any service actions
are needed - in particular oiling the blade every hour of use.
Thanks to all who took part in these WP, and thanks to all others
who have done similar small WP, but which I was not aware of
&/or simply could not find amongst the many emails I have
received over the last month or two
The next WP is due on on Wednesday 21st October 2015 - Details
However before that we have/will have had more small WP,
- On 01-Oct-2015. JohnA/Bernard full
check and actions as practical on Walks 2 & 2A.
- On 14-Oct-2015. BobC + some new
recruits will probably be clearing route alongside the A444
(Coventry Way) at Bedworth.
- On 16-Oct-2015. BobC + Bill +
Barry + Simon will be back at "CW16 leaving Bennetts Road
North" to add two new WMP a bit further on (and maybe a
bit more clearing?)
On 18-Nov the WP may build the new boardwalk to extend the
"long bridge to mud" to reach dry grass, north of Carol Green.
Before then on 21-Oct-2015 we will probably have
another major clearing WP needing all the volunteers and tools we
||Wednesday 21st October
2015 at 9:30 am to about 1:00
||Hodgett's Lane (GR 263 768) to bridge
over Greenway - Part of Walk 3A)|
||Hodgett's Lane (a few spaces at
GR 263 768 and a few more where Walk 4A joins Hodgett's Lane
c.100 metres to the NW)|
Full clearance of this stretch of path
plus where the ditch crosses the path via a pipe
under the path, dig a little to fully expose the ends of the
pipe and maybe if time allows dig the ditch a bit
The probable 2015 dates (assuming 3rd Wed every month Jan-Nov as
now agreed) will be:
Why not volunteer to join us whenever you can? Please
contact Bob Carey on 024 7645 5251
for further information.