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pleting the backfill and landscaping on the Round House side of the lock. [Stop press: unfortunately it got cancelled owing to flooding - so all the more reason why we could do with plenty of volunteers on the May and June weekends.] With this complete we will no longer need the access to that side of the lock which will allow us to demolish the remains of the upper gate recess, paddle hole and wing wall on that side in preparation for rebuilding. Which brings me to the late-May Bank holiday weekend. Following on from the success of our 40th anniversary celebrations last year, we are again holding a long weekend (on site Friday 25th-Monday 28th May), though possibly not with the 50+ people we had last year... The plan for this weekend is to take the whole of the compound-side wall down to water-level, and continue the careful dismantling of the upper wingwall etc to sound brickwork (did I say ‘demolish’ earlier? Slip May 2017: early stages of the first chamber wall rebuild... of the tongue). We’ll also be carrying out a mammoth material shift to get over 50 packs of bricks & blocks on site in preparation for the rebuild and the summer camps. Then in June (9th/10th) we have a joint dig with London WRG, where hopefully we will be taking the compound-side wall down to sound brickwork, cutting out the ladder recess and starting the rebuild to give the camps a flying start with perfect coursing to build up from(!) Then the six WRG camps start – Kescrg is providing the leadership team for the first week (7-14 July), and it looks like the second week (14-21st) is already full- so book now to avoid disappointment! Into September and October, we are running 2 more weekends (8/9th Sept & 6/7th Oct) to continue the work from the summer, and put the site to bed for the winter. Wouldn’t it be amazing to be putting the coping stones back on in September and October, as we were last year?! So, there you have it- if you want to be part of this great project, either book on a camp, or anybody is welcome on any of the Kescrg weekends. Just drop me a line via email steve@kescrg.org.uk, contact head office and ask to be added to our mailing list, keep an eye on our webpage (www.kescrg.org.uk) or join our Facebook group. So many different options! Stephen Davis ...and completed in October 2017. Now to repeat this on the other wall

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Profile for The Inland Waterways Association

Navvies April - May 288  

Navvies April - May 288