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we finished up with a really nice meal at College Farm Inn. We had taken part in two pub quizzes there, with three teams one week and two the other, with our highest teams making it to second place in the first week and third in the second. Are our navvies superintelligent, or just good on pub quiz trivia? Needless to say, Mina enjoyed herself, collapsing in an exhausted heap in her bed at the end of the day. As is her wont, she made a lot of new friends, being a very affectionate dog. The advantage of having a meal out rather than a party in the accommodation on the last night is that no-one went to bed ‘a little the worse for wear’. This meant that

everyone was up ready for breakfast on Saturday morning, the kit check was done, everything was tidied away, and the last hall was being swept out and mopped by 9.30am. Derek and Maggie remarked that they’re usually trying to dig some teenagers out of bed at that time - in fact, Derek remembered once sweeping up a teenager! Many thanks to everyone from myself and the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust - you’re too numerous to mention each by name, but we enjoyed the company of all of you, you worked extremely bard, and we achieved all had hoped. Rachael Banyard

Above: wiring the gabions into place. Below: the parapet nearing completion

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Profile for The Inland Waterways Association

Navvies 235  

Navvies 235. Magazine for volunteers restoring the waterways

Navvies 235  

Navvies 235. Magazine for volunteers restoring the waterways