Wendover Arm Trust Working Party News, issue 129

Roger Leishman  |  Published: Nov 9th 2018

Congratulations

I was very pleased to read that Pete Bowers has been awarded an IWA Richard Bird medal for his work as a restoration volunteer. Pete is one of our longest serving volunteers and the award is well earned as not only does he work on our restoration but has worked on many others over the years.

Congratulations Pete, from all of us, you deserve it.

 

Newsletter distribution

Recently I was a little concerned to find that some people thought that this publication went to all the Trust membership.

The working party news was first issued in June 1997 and every other month thereafter to all working party members to keep them up to date with recent progress and future working parties. Copies also go to WAT Council members, BW/CRT, and all others e.g. WRG, KESCRG, RAF Halton, etc. who have assisted us over the years.

I often receive requests from individuals who are not necessarily volunteers or WAT members to have a copy. In more recent years it has been available to anyone with access to the WAT website. Those with longer memories will recall that the original website founded by Torkel Larsen was for restoration only.

 

August and September Working Parties

Great progress was made during these months bringing us within spitting distance of the end of Stage 3.

At the August and September WAT working parties a great effort was made to prepare as much bank lining complete with hollow concrete blocks as possible in preparation for a WRG BITM working party in mid-September. By the end of the September working party 64 metres of both banks had been lined of which 14 metres were completed with solid blocks and coir rolls leaving 50 metres of both banks for WRG BITM to complete with solid concrete blocks and coir rolls.

WRG BITM all but completed the solid blocking on the Saturday finishing off complete with coir rolls on the Sunday morning.

This is not the end of the WRG BITM work over the weekend. It had been agreed with CRT that the old coal bunkers at Whitehouses that once had a brick arch over them needed to be made safe. The brick arch had been broken in the past, probably when the former cottages were demolished and was recently removed as it was liable to collapse. The bunkers were to be filled with brick rubble and pea shingle to fill in all of the voids. This work was done by WRG BITM on the Saturday

Many thanks to WRG BITM who have helped us so well over the years.

To finish the great effort of these work parties, in October the newly blocked length was completed with spoil on both banks and the bed lining completed with the last 20 metre roll getting very close to the end.

A day was spent at each of the working parties, when there were good numbers of volunteers present, cutting rolls of Bentomat both for bank and bed lining. This took advantage of the good weather and ensures that we have a good supply of Bentomat ready for future lining of Stage 4.

The area on the offside just past Whitehouses belonging to Herts County Council who allowed us to tip spoil against the high bank was trimmed off with berms (shelves) to ensure good stability.

Well done by all concerned.

Tidy Friday

The work of John Reynolds and his team in keeping our restoration tidy is working very successfully, thank you all. See schedule on page 5 for dates.

 

Reed clearance

CRT clearance of the aquatic vegetation in the canal between the sump at Drayton Beauchamp and the old A41 Bridge is now under way and it is being done very thoroughly.

 

Photographs

I must thank all who send me photos of the restoration. Although I cannot use them all in this newsletter they are added to my WAT PHOTO GALLERY that covers all aspects of restoration so please keep sending them.

 

6-Monthly Physical and Financial Report

You will find this on the next page. In some ways it needs updating as the CRT contract work at Whitehouses is not included and account will have to be taken of the possibility of a by-pass channel alongside the 200 metre long old council tip at Little Tring. There is also the question of the suspended bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund. I will update as and when these plans are finalised. Hopefully the contract work at Whitehouses will be funded by a successful bid to the Leader Fund.

 

New jobs

With the departure of Ray Orth, tasks he previously undertook have been taken over as follows:

Clive Johnson has taken over Ray’s task of giving talks about the restoration to interested bodies. I understand that his diary is already filling up!

Peter Lockett, who already helps me with ordering materials, has additionally taken over from Ray the ordering of hire plant and the associated supply of diesel fuel.

John Reynolds has taken over from Ray the training and certification of excavator and dumper drivers.

Also Mike Wright (not the Grand Draw Michael Wright) has taken on the Health & Safety role formerly held by Charles Carrington.

In addition Boyd Williams has taken over from Brian Ing looking after the Trust’s plant and equipment, in particular regular safety testing. Brian is having health problems and we wish him a rapid recovery.

Please note that it would help Boyd a great deal if everyone cleaned the hand tools they were using at the end of every day’s working party.

My grateful thanks to all concerned; without this kind of support restoration would stall.

 

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 Tony Bardwell 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 12th OCTOBER 2018

 

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

340m

 

 

 

---------

Capping to pipe

321m

350m

340m

126m

 

 

---------

Tipping to offside bank

321m

350m

330m

 

 

 

---------

Tipping to towpath bank

321m

350m

350m

 

 

 

 

Profiling offside bank

321m

350m

330m

 

 

 

---------

Profiling towpath bank

321m

350m

340m

 

 

 

---------

Lining towpath bank

321m

350m

330m

 

 

 

---------

Lining offside bank

321m

350m

330m

 

 

 

---------

Level and line bed

321m

350m

320m

 

 

 

---------

Planting banks

60m

--------

--------

 

 

 

---------

Mooring wall length

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

£225,000

£200,000

£166,250

£98,725

£53,725

£1,026,551

Cost to date/final

£128,272

£154,579

£199,412

£32,884

£2,821

£304

£633

£518,905

 

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

---------

---------

100%

-----------

----------

-----------

----------

Other work

---------

---------

100%

-----------

 

-----------

100%

CRT contract

---------

---------

 

---------

---------

---------

---------

Estimated cost

£20,122

£20,031

£67,552

£20,000

£20,000

£10,000

3,501

£161,206

Cost to date/final

£20,122

£20,031

£18,450

 

 

 

3,501

£62,104

 

SUMMARY INCLUDING OVERHEAD COSTS AND PHASE I

 

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

£1,026,551

£161,206

£22,000

£3,245

£0

£43,000

£12,000

£25,000

£40,000

£1,333,002

Cost to date/final

£518,905

£62,104

£21,417

£3,245

£4,561

£37,301

£11,302

£22,374

 £0.00

£680,939

Final cost of Phase I completed in 2004 and opened to navigation in 2005

£400,349

Total spend on restoration by Wendover Arm Trust to date

£1,081,288

 

 


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

 

 

Friday 2nd November to

Thursday 8th November

Stage 3 to Bridge 4

Stage 3 lining

Friday 9th November

Meet at Little Tring

‘Tidy Friday’ vegetation control party

Friday 30th November to

Thursday 6th December

Stage 4 to Bridge 4

Stage 4 excavation/filling to rough profile

Friday 7th December

Meet at Little Tring

‘Tidy Friday’ vegetation control party

2019

 

 

Friday 4th January to

Thursday 10tth January

Stage 4 to Bridge 4

Stage 4 excavation/filling to rough profile

Friday 11th January

Meet at Little Tring

‘Tidy Friday’ vegetation control party

Friday 1st February to

Thursday 7th February

Stage 4 to Bridge 4

Stage 4 excavation/filling to rough profile

Friday 8th February

Meet at Little Tring

‘Tidy Friday’ vegetation control party

Friday 1st March to

Thursday 7th March

Stage 4 to Bridge 4

Stage 4 excavation/filling to rough profile

Friday 8th March

Meet at Little Tring

‘Tidy Friday’ vegetation control party

Friday 5th April to

Thursday 11th April

 

 

Friday 12th April

Meet at Little Tring

‘Tidy Friday’ vegetation control party

Friday 3rd May to

Thursday 9th May

 

 

Friday 10th May

Meet at Little Tring

‘Tidy Friday’ vegetation control party

Friday 31st May to

Thursday 6th June

 

 

Friday 7th June

Meet at Little Tring

‘Tidy Friday’ vegetation control party

Friday 5th July to

Thursday 11th July

 

 

Friday 12th July

Meet at Little Tring

‘Tidy Friday’ vegetation control party

Friday 2nd August to

Thursday 8th August

 

 

Friday 9th August

Meet at Little Tring

‘Tidy Friday’ vegetation control party

Friday 6th September to

Thursday 12th September

 

 

Friday 13th September

Meet at Little Tring

‘Tidy Friday’ vegetation control party

Friday 4th October to

Thursday 10th October

 

 

Friday 11th October

Meet at Little Tring

‘Tidy Friday’ vegetation control party

Friday 1th November to

Thursday 7th November

 

 

Friday 8th November

Meet at Little Tring

‘Tidy Friday’ vegetation control party

Friday 6th December to

Thursday 12th November

 

 

Friday 13th December

Meet at Little Tring

‘Tidy Friday’ vegetation control party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You will note that work from April onwards is left blank as we are still awaiting CRT plans for their work at Whitehouses without which we cannot plan our work in detail.

 

Roger Leishman, Restoration Director.

7 Hall Park, Berkhamsted, Herts HP4 2NU.

Tel: 01442 874536,

e-mail rwleishman@gmail.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

THE SITE READY FOR WRG BITM (photo Tony Bardwell)
THE SITE READY FOR WRG BITM (photo Tony Bardwell)
COMPLETED WORK BY WRG BITM (photo Tony Bardwell)
COMPLETED WORK BY WRG BITM (photo Tony Bardwell)
THE FINISHED WORK – NEARLY THE END OF STAGE 3 (photo Tony Bardwell)
THE FINISHED WORK – NEARLY THE END OF STAGE 3 (photo Tony Bardwell)
THIS SHOWS THE CHANNEL BEING CLEARED BEHIND WENWELL CLOSE, HOPEFULLY ALL ROOTS GONE UNTIL NEXT YEAR (photo Chris Sargeant)
THIS SHOWS THE CHANNEL BEING CLEARED BEHIND WENWELL CLOSE, HOPEFULLY ALL ROOTS GONE UNTIL NEXT YEAR (photo Chris Sargeant)
A NOT SO ACCESSIBLE LENGTH BEING CLEARED (photo Stephen Bonsor)
A NOT SO ACCESSIBLE LENGTH BEING CLEARED (photo Stephen Bonsor)
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