Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Getting down to it....Stoke Bruerne style

Stoke Bruerne Canal Partnership - Adoption Group Task Day. Lock maintenance - Lock 15. Installation of new half barrel planters at the Top Lock. Clearing the winter debris and rubbish for the Dry Lock. General tidy of the gardens around the Museum area. A great days work with our 10 volunteers, assisted by Tom Freeland and Chairman of the Friends of the Canal Museum.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

An architectural find!

By Kathryn Dodington
A 'normal' adoption day yesterday with one 'team' continuing with the offside cutback between the top lock and the tunnel portal.
The second team attacked the ivy at Lock 15 in an attempt to eventually open up the side ponds for demonstration purposes now the trees at the back of the side ponds have been felled.
The exciting bit of the day was uncovering a little of the 'shop' that the late David Blagrove always said was there - it's in remarkably good condition. Such a shame that David (who died in August-2016) was not there to share the 'excitement' of uncovering something he always knew was there, but I did have the opportunity to discuss it with his widow, Jean, last night. Some more interpretation is needed I suspect.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

...A couple of moorhens joined us

An additional February Task Day to assist our CRT bankside team with the emplacement of additional
mooring rings. A couple of moorhens joined us - but they found more interesting things than us in the dug out spoil.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Rabbit guards checked

First task day of the New Year on Wednesday. 10 volunteers spent the day siding out sections of towpath and the Woodland Walk - including removing several fallen small trees and branches - the result of storm Eleanor. One new oak tree planted and the hedge saplings which we planted 2 years ago where all inspected and rabbit guards checked. A productive day in glorious sunshine. Thanks to all our volunteers.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Not our usual type of task day!

Not our usual type of task day.
Clearing frozen snow and slush from the Museum car park and around the Top Lock followed by our 'Christmas lunch'.
Thanks to those who braved the slippery conditions to come and help us.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

A serious prune was overdue...

By Helen Westlake on 11th October 2017

A successful working party met on a fine, if windy, October day and the main task achieved was to reduce the height and width of the hedge alongside one boundary of the Museum car park. The shrubs and bushes had grown well above the height of the neighbouring wall and out into the car park bays so a serious prune was overdue. The border now looks very tidy and the neighbour is much happier.
The volunteers then changed tack and went on to prepare and paint the pair of gates at the main entrance into the Quarry Field, another useful job before the winter. These gates, made by blacksmith Bob Nightingale, now look very smart.
Other smaller autumn tidy up jobs were carried out in the gardens around the Museum and around the Ash box by Lock 15, together with a general litter pick along the Woodland Walk.
Many thanks to all the volunteers involved.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Thanks to a great group from Santander and IWA Northampton

Second Task day this month and another planned for next week!
We had done all we could do to prepare the centre of the village for this weekends Village at War event, we focused our energies down at the Lower Locks area, including the Residential Moorers parking lots.
Lots of grass and hedge cutting, litter picking, lock painting and siding out achieved.
Thanks to a great group from Santander - Milton Keynes and the Northampton IWA Adoption Team who came and helped along with Ben - CRT.