The Wendover Arm Trust Working Party News, Issue 108, April 2015

Roger Leishman  |  Published: May 3rd 2015
Ray Orth & Roger Leishman 'pull the plug'
Ray Orth & Roger Leishman 'pull the plug' in the bund at the end of Stage 1. (photo Margaret Leishman)

March and April Working Parties

The completion of the bund in Bridge 4A narrows at the March working party allowed us to cut a channel through the bund at the end of Stage 1 and, at 11am on Saturday April 11th, start the flow of water into the next 450 metres of restored canal, over a quarter of a mile.

The re-watering was not an overnight event as it took about a week before the final Wendover water level was reached.

The re-watering was not made a major event for various reasons including not knowing for certain whether there would be enough water flowing from Wendover during this rather dry period. It was mainly attended by restoration volunteers and a few invited guests including our President, David Fletcher.

In April the first length of pipe capping from the manhole east of the bund was cast and this work will proceed during the rest of the year.

During the April work party the new cabin to be erected at Whitehouses was delivered and Tony Bardwell will be in charge of laying a base and putting the flatpack hut together during the May working party.

If you cast your mind back to the June 2013 issue of this newsletter you will remember that Phill Cardy brought along several young trees that Margaret Leishman has been repotting and tending until they are now 4 to 6 feet tall.

At the April working party these were all planted on the Herts County Council land farmed by their tenant farmer, Keith Slade, where they have allowed us to tip surplus spoil and asked us to reinstate trees that we had to remove to facilitate the tipping.

 

Restoration Handbook

Ray Orth and I have been reviewing the restoration handbook and have decided to print a revised version that excludes the technical data on restoration specifications and procedures so as to avoid regular updates due to changes and new procedures. In future the specifications and procedures will be issued to team leaders on encapsulated sheets as and when required.

We are currently proofreading the manual and hope to have it ready for issue during the summer.

 

6-monthly physical/financial report (see page 3)

Yet again the time has come round for this report. You will see that the Trust has now spent over ½ million pounds on Phase II. This is quite an achievement especially when you add the Phase I cost, a grand total of £909,360 in 18 (financial) years. Just over £50,000 a year!

What is also remarkable is that, bearing in mind the Trust has £400,000 still ‘in the bank’, £1,309,360 has been raised by the Trust since 1989 of which only about £310,000 has been in the form of grants and a bequest, i.e. the Trust has raised £1m to date plus the funds required for the non-restoration costs of running the Trust!.

The budgets in my report are still based on volunteers carrying out all the work but will need revising if it is decided to pay for contract assistance for some of the more arduous work such as earthwork and block laying. It is with this in mind that WAT/CRT as a partnership is applying for a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

 

Work Party Supervision

After the Open Day in June Ray Orth hopes to be off on a well-earned break cruising the waterways with his wife, Jo, and will not be back until the August working party. In Ray’s absence Tony Bardwell will be running the work parties and I am sure that you will all give him your support.

 

Open Day June 7th 2015

Margaret Leishman and her team of helpers are already organised to serve their usual drinks and cakes.

If there are any ardent cake makers among our readers they would be very grateful for any donations. Please ring Margaret on 01442 874536 and let her know in advance if you are able to ‘bake-a-cake’.

 

General Notes

We operate as a self-supervising group under CRT and all volunteers receive and sign for the Trust’s Restoration Handbook that includes full Health and Safety requirements for the restoration works.

The handbook is the property of the Trust; if you leave the working parties for any reason, please return your Handbook to either Ray Orth or myself.

Hard hats for use at all times and high visibility jackets to be worn on sites with mobile plant in use are kept in the store at Tringford and must be drawn/returned there.

One first aid kit is kept in the store and one in the Nissan Cabstar and each qualified first-aider will have their own kit with him/her when on site.

Also available in the store at Tringford are ear defenders and goggles that must be worn when using strimmers, angle grinders, concrete breakers and the like. CRT will supply hard hats, gloves and footwear with reinforced toecaps on request.

We normally work from 9am to 5pm (or dark if earlier!). There are breaks for morning tea/coffee, packed lunch and afternoon tea/coffee. We take our own food and drink.


WENDOVER ARM CANAL RESTORATION PHASE II

PROGRESS REPORT AS AT 5th APRIL 2015

 

CANAL LINING

Item

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Stage 4

Stage 5

Stage 6

Stage 7

Total

Total length

321m

350m

350m

350m

350m

337m

-

 

Complete to date:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bulk Excavation

321m

350m

140m

 

 

 

---------

Capping to pipe

321m

350m

130m

 

 

 

---------

Tipping to offside bank

321m

350m

110m

 

 

 

---------

Tipping to towpath bank

321m

350m

110m

 

 

 

 

Profiling offside bank

321m

350m

110m

 

 

 

---------

Profiling towpath bank

321m

350m

110m

 

 

 

---------

Lining towpath bank

321m

350m

100m

 

 

 

---------

Lining offside bank

321m

350m

100m

 

 

 

---------

Level and line bed

321m

350m

98m

 

 

 

---------

Planting banks

60m

--------

--------

 

 

 

---------

Mooring wall length

50m

50m

--------

50m

50m

--------

237m

Excavation

50m

50m

--------

50m

 

--------

10m

Blinding

50m

50m

--------

50m

 

--------

 

Wall base

50m

50m

--------

50m

 

--------

 

Wall upright

50m

50m

--------

50m

 

--------

 

Backfill

50m

50m

--------

50m

 

--------

 

Estimated Cost

£128,272

£154,579

£175,000

£175,000

£166,250

£98,725

£53,725

£951,551

Cost to date/final

£128,272

£154,579

£77,543

£12,619

£571

£273

£633

374,490

 

FOOTBRIDGES & VARIOUS OTHER WORKS

Item

Stage 8

Stage 9

Stage 10

Stage 11

Stage 12

Stage 13

Stage 14

Total

 

Bridge 4

Bridge 4A

Whitehouses

 

Cart track

Narrows

Removal

of bunds

Winding

Hole nose

Nuttalls

Bund

 

Footbridge

100%

100%

----------------

-----------

----------

-----------

----------

Excavation

100%

100%

----------------

 

----------

 

----------

Blinding

100%

100%

----------------

 

----------

 

----------

Wall base

100%

100%

----------------

 

----------

 

----------

Wall upright

100%

100%

----------------

 

----------

 

----------

Backfill

100%

100%

----------------

 

----------

 

----------

Heritage work

---------

---------

80%

-----------

----------

-----------

----------

Other work

---------

---------

100%

-----------

 

-----------

100%

Estimated cost

£20,122

£20,031

£20,000

£20,000

£20,000

£10,000

3,501

£113,654

Cost to date/final

£20,122

£20,031

£16,721

 

 

 

3,501

£60,375

 

SUMMARY INCLUDING OVERHEAD COSTS

 

Lining

F/bridges

& other

works

Clear bed,

& Temp’y

Works

Environ’t

Reports

Materials

In stock

Admin

Tools &

Equip’t

Vehicle

Unallocated

contingency

TTOTAL

Estimated cost

£951,551

£113,654

£22,000

£3,245

£0

£35,000

£6,000

£20,000

£45,000

£1,200,450

Cost to date/final

374,490

60,375

£20,258

£3,245

£3,660

£24,469

£8,128

£16,801

 

£513,851

 

 

WORKING PARTIES

So you can plan your diary ahead, the following are the dates of future working parties in 2015:

 

DATE 

WORKING AT

WORK TO BE DONE

2015

 

 

Friday 1st May to

Thursday 7th May

Stage 3

Stage 3 pipe capping.

Friday 5th June to

Thursday 11th June

Sunday 7th will be a

Restoration Open Day

Stage 3

Stage 3 pipe capping.

Friday 3rd July to

Thursday 9th July

Stage 3

Stage 3 pipe capping.

Friday 31st July to

Thursday 6th August

Stage 3

Stage 3 pipe capping.

Friday 4th September to

Thursday 10th September

Sunday 6th will be a

Restoration Open Day

Stage 3

Stage 3 pipe capping.

Friday 2nd October to

Thursday 8th October

Stage 3

Stage 3 pipe capping.

Friday 6th November to

Thursday 12th November

Stage 3

Stage 3 pipe capping.

Friday 4th December to

Thursday 10th December

Stage 3

Stage 3 pipe capping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Roger Leishman, Restoration Director.  7 Hall Park, Berkhamsted, Herts HP4 2NU.

                                                                 (Tel: 01442 874536, e-mail rwleishman@gmail.com

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