Whats Happening ?

Sunday March 28th

The IWA West Country branch held its AGM at St Austell in Cornwall on this day.

Adrian and Hilary attended and enjoyed the visit to the Shipwrecks Museum and walk around the harbour at Charlestown that followed.

Saturday March 27th

Adrian completes rebuilding the wharf wall up to coping level for as far as the present scaffolding is built.  Before more walling can be worked on the scaffold platforms will need to be lengthened.

Wednesday March 24th

Trevor and Adrian join David Lovell and an employee of the NDCCS at the wheel pit site in order to dispose of the cut timber and brush that has been taken down.  NDCCS hired a very large and powerful industrial chipper/shredding machine for clearing this area and another site further along the Tarka Trail.  At first they have trouble trying to get the chipper to start but eventually sort the problem and begin shredding the brush.  It is very hard work which is made more difficult by the weather turning bad and soaking all involved.

After an exhausting day’s work the site is looking considerably clearer but there is still much to do to make the form of the structure more obvious. It is hoped that in future NDCCS will give permission to burn on site cleared vegetation since this would be much quicker and easier.

Tuesday March 23rd

Trevor and Adrian continue rebuilding the wharf wall and are making good progress despite having scratch around for ‘ugly’ stones for in-filling the inner and outer skins.  Once again heavy rain stops play for the day.

Sunday March 21st

Alistair, Adrian and Barry continue preparing to hang the first gate.  Unfortunately some of the wood is found to be rotten.  It is cut out and replaced with new, held in place with the same very fast-setting adhesive Alistair had used to set the collar fixings in place.

Since no proper lifting eye is available for hoisting the gate a sling is modified and eventually all is ready for the lift.  As Alistair begins to raise up the gate it is noticed that the strain is opening up a large split in the horizontal beam across the top of the gate.  Emergency bolting has to be undertaken and lifting is tried for a second time.

Two friends who came along to watch get ‘volunteered’ to hold ropes whist the gate is swung over the lock chamber

 Although the gate is slightly out of balance, due to being widened, it is quite easily manoeuvred and Alistair gently lowers the gate into its proper position. Initially the gate does not align with its cup but after a little levering and tweaking it finally slides home.   Brilliant!