The team at Tamworth Road

Week ending April 26th

Once again a great attendance of volunteers made excellent progress, mainly on the slipway, which is now shaping up well. The stepped foundations of the “downstream” wall are complete and Rick has started building the first courses of the outer skin of the wall,which will act as shuttering when the main concrete pour is done in a couple of weeks. As far as shuttering is concerned, we’ve found a new “chippy” in Roland, who enjoyed himself while turning out a set of quality shutters for the steps.

The water flow through Pound 26 continues to baffle us. Despite having had no significant rainfall, the water level can suddenly rise; we arrived on site on Wednesday to find water overflowing the stop planks of the lock, partially flooding the work area. Having pumped out the water, Barry and Paul set up a new pipe to carry any overflow directly into the storm drain.

Another weather-related problem was the appearance of a thick blanket of weed in pound 26, but the young gang attacked with great relish and cleared it quickly.

“The Staffords” have made a great job of clearing the remaining scrub adjacent to the quarry at Summerhill and Roger now has a supply of posts and wire to erect a fence between our land and the quarry.

This is my last report for a couple of weeks, but Hugh will be keeping you up to date in my absence.

Total volunteer hours:   219  by 29  volunteers

Can you tell what it is yet?  The slipway takes shape.

Down at the culvert the first steel section is in place.

Photo Hugh Millington

Photos Christine Howles

Week ending April 19th

Once again, a wonderful attendance at Tamworth Rd. and great  progress on the slipway. Despite my comments last week about “mini- projects”, this really is a serious bit of civil engineering. We’ve been very glad of the the years of experience offered by Neil and Rick-the-brick in setting out the complex gradients, levels and angles in the structure, and similarly to Keith, whose sterling work on the digger enabled us to shift the large quantities of earth as quickly as possible. On Sunday we even roped into service our ancient 15 cwt dumper; after blowing up the tyres and adjusting the clutch, it chugged its smokey way to and fro with Hugh at the helm, while Derby Bob drove the bigger machine. By the end of the week we were ready to start concreting the footings for the offside wall and the wing walls of the slipway.

Back at Summerhill, where the contractors have started work on the culvert, The Staffords continue to plough their own furrow, steadily working their way through the remaining areas of undergrowth.

Thanks to everyone for their hard work and for the excellent results. It’s really good to have the youngsters involved, full of energy and enthusiasm. If they continue their interest the future of the Trust’s work is in good hands.

Total volunteer hours:   239  by 27  volunteers

Down at the culvert the assembly of the first steelwork has begun, and ground preparation is well advanced          Photos Paul Marshall

Construction of the slipway continues.         

Photos Christine Howles

Week ending April 5th

A very good attendance on Wednesday gave us the chance to clear up a couple of maintenance jobs as well as continuing with the main one of concreting below Lock 26 . The posts supporting the  safety fence in Pound 25 have apparently been pushed over, so they’ve been secured with some more substantial fixings. Let’s hope that it  was a one-off incident and that the novelty will soon wear off! The dry-weather flow around Pound 26 was somewhat reduced due to a build-up of leaves around the intake pipe, but a bit of effort with rakes soon cleared it and the flow is now back to normal. It’s far easier and more effective than the tedious and frequent rodding operation that we had with the old pipework along the top of the pound wall.

Easter weekend saw us comparatively short-handed, but even with only 3 of us on Sunday we were still able to complete a new slab of concrete on each day, a very satisfactory week’s work. The return to dry weather means that we can continue with the clay lining of the winding hole, to which end we’ve ordered 2 more loads of clay for Wednesday, while our good progress below Lock 26 brings the construction of the slipway a lot closer.

Total volunteer hours:   134  by 17  volunteers

Previously, at Tamworth Road...  the Two Harrys repaired our sign...

Photo  Roly Onekenobe

Puddled clay in the winding hole and a new  concrete slab at Tamworth Road

Photos Christine Howles

Document for download - IWA Drawing of a slipway design

Lichfield & Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust

LHCRT  Working Party Blog   April 2015