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Wyvern seeks to adopt Leighton Lock Wyvern Shipping Co Ltd is to seek agreement from Canal & River Trust to adopt Leighton Lock. An initial work party was arranged for 16 March. James Griffin writes: Despite the cold and rain we had ten volunteers for the work party - seven from Leighton Buzzard Canal Society, Julie from Network Rail, Derek and myself from Wyvern, and Miriam Tedder from C&RT. The rain stopped about 10.30, and we moved the hopper into the lock and lowered the level until the gunwales were level with the lock side. This made loading with wheelbarrows very easy. We set to with shovels and forks to clear three tons of vegetation left by a previous BT work party for disposal. We then cleared 20 years of BW rubbish—old bags of wood, broken paddle gear—from inside the pump James and volunteers at Leighton Lock. cement, -house. Ed from C&RT saw that nothing of value was thrown away—there was virtually nothing of any use, so the hopper was soon very full. Without road access BW had used the pump-house as a dumping ground when doing maintenance at the lock. We then cleared the outside coal bunker from the days of steam-driven back pumping. By 13.30 we had cleared the lock surroundings and pump-house just as it started to rain again. That afternoon I backed Ocean Princess from the yard and with Julie's help delivered the hopper to Grove lock for unloading first thing Monday morning. On the Wednesday, with the help of Mike Palmer, I delivered the empty hopper to Fenny Lock for the M K Clean-up the following weekend. Altogether it was a very successful work party, and we can now think about planting and lock painting in the summer. Thanks to all those who made the day such a success.

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Profile for The Inland Waterways Association

Towpath Relegraph May 2013  

The magazine of the Milton Keynes Branch of the Inland Waterways Association

Towpath Relegraph May 2013  

The magazine of the Milton Keynes Branch of the Inland Waterways Association