The Wendover Arm Trust Working Party News - issue 124 - December 2017

Roger Leishman  |  Published: Jan 1st 2018
work in progress laying hollow concrete blocks in December - Stephen Bonser
Work in progress laying hollow concrete blocks in December - Stephen Bonser

An apology

I regret that this issue is rather late as I usually publish before Christmas and it is also rather brief.

On December 1st I had a new left hip and, although I have been totally pain free from when I woke up after the operation, I have to do exercises and take plenty of rest for six weeks. Believe it or not, after a 9am OP I was walking around on crutches the same afternoon.

 

November and December Working Parties

Bank and bed lining again proceeded during these working parties and, subject to weather, will continue in January and February.

 

Whitehouses

 The latest news on the design and progress of the pseudo weir and wing walls to the wharf wall at Whitehouses is that the design has been received by WAT and is at present being costed by CRT. No firm date for this work has been agreed although a date of April/May next year has been suggested but attempts are being made to bring this forward to avoid clashing with WAT’s work that should have reached Whitehouses about that time.

 

Tidy Friday

John Reynolds and his team continue with their good work of vegetation control. See schedule on page 2 for dates.

 

HLF Bid

As I expect many of you already know the HLF bid is currently ‘on hold’ pending a review of the project due to an estimated cost overrun and other delays.

 

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.

 

WORKING PARTIES

So you can plan your diary ahead, the following are the dates of future working parties. The work to be done is very much subject to the weather especially during the winter months.

DATE 

WORKING AT

WORK TO BE DONE

2018

Meet at Little Tring

 

Friday 5th January to

Thursday 11th January

Stage 3

Stage 3 profiling and lining.

 

Friday 12th January

Meet at Little Tring

‘Tidy Friday’ vegetation control working party

Friday 2nd February to

Thursday 8th February

Stage 3

Stage 3 profiling and lining.

 

Friday 9th February

Meet at Little Tring

‘Tidy Friday’ vegetation control working party

Friday 2nd March to

Thursday 8th March

Stage 3

Stage 3 profiling and lining.

 

Friday 9th March

Meet at Little Tring

‘Tidy Friday’ vegetation control working party

Friday 6th April to

Thursday 12th April

Stage 3

Stage 3 profiling and lining.

 

Friday 13th April

Meet at Little Tring

‘Tidy Friday’ vegetation control working party

Friday 4th May to

Thursday 10th May

Stage 3

Stage 3 profiling and lining.

 

Friday 11th May

Meet at Little Tring

‘Tidy Friday’ vegetation control working party

Friday 1st June to

Thursday 7th June

Stage 3

Stage 3 profiling and lining.

 

Friday 8th June

Meet at Little Tring

‘Tidy Friday’ vegetation control working party

Friday 6th July to

Thursday 12th July

Stage 4 to Bridge 4

Stage 4 profiling and lining.

 

Friday 3rd August to

Thursday 9th August

Stage 4 to Bridge 4

Stage 4 profiling and lining.

 

Friday 31st August to

Thursday 6th September

Stage 4 to Bridge 4

Stage 4 profiling and lining.

 

Friday 5th October to

Thursday 11th October

Stage 4 to Bridge 4

Stage 4 profiling and lining.

 

Friday 2nd November to

Thursday 8th November

Stage 4 to Bridge 4

Stage 4 profiling and lining.

 

Friday 30th November to

Thursday 6th December

Stage 4 to Bridge 4

Stage 4 profiling and lining.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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