OCTOBER NEWSLETTER

.First Furlong
Meet at STAINTON at 9.30 each day



Work on building a gabion wall is now complete, the bed cleared and the ramp under the bridge removed. This clears the way to lay the final section of liner.
The roll of rubber liner has been placed in the correct position and, once a layer of geotextile has been laid, it can be rolled out on top and positioned ready for jointing. The aim is to make this the first job on Saturday morning and it would be really great if we had a good number of volunteers for the task.
Please try to come along, even if you can only make it for the morning.


Further tasks are a) to complete sealing the liner at its edges with the transition walls and bridge abutments at Br 172 and 173 and b) there are also areas along the towpath side were the profile infill needs further work.

A second weekend work party is planned for the Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th Oct.
The off bank profile needs to be cleared in preparation for raising the level of the lining and a number of extension pieces have been cut in readiness. These need to be checked and moved along the bank. Once in place they can be sealed in place. If necessary more pieces to be cut from the material at the cabin. By this weekend the rubber lining will have been jointed meaning that the final layer of blocks can be put down and the whole section will be finished.

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i.Wakefields Wharf
     I am trying to organise a work party for Wednesday the 9th October . I am asking Boat crew to help with this as it is in our area of interest and is a one off exercise. The aim will be to clear the overgrowth on the wharf and generally tidy up the area. Although most of the work will be with hand tools I will need a strimmer operative and the strimmer certification for it beforehand for CRT as we are working on their land. Please reply to me by email if you can help, we probably need four to six people maximum and if the 9th is not OK please suggest alternatives ( but not the first week in October as I am away then)

Thanks. Ian Treanor

Email: ian.treanor@live.co.uk>;

CHAIRMANS NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2020

Lancaster Canal Trust
Members & Volunteers Newsletter - Febuary 2020
Febuary work weekend - Sat 8th & Sunday 9th
First Furlong
Meet at STAINTON at 9.30 each day

Now that the lining is complete (see below) an outstanding job is to lift some of the blocks on the offside bank which will allow the repositioning of the blocks on the bed that have got displaced. A further job is to fill some of the larger gaps between the blocks that have been displaced with a concrete mix.
All being well there will be time to collect the new stop planks from Millness and an least make a start on fitting them in place under Br 172.

Volunteers of all skill levels are welcome. We will provide whatever protective clothing is required for the job in hand (hard hats, hi-vis jackets and work gloves) if you don't have your own. We advise that you bring warm clothes, waterproofs, sturdy boots or wellies and a packed lunch with drinks
PLEASE let me know if you can attend - this is important in case details change, a quick email to chair@lctrust.co.uk is all that’s needed.
Reports from January
                                                                    REPORTS FROM JANUARY

Saturday 4th +
The deliberate hole in the lining (towards B172), made to allow pumping water from underneath the liner, was sealed and the surrounding block displacement repaired with a mixture of MOT stone (as left by Wilson’s in the car park) and postcrete. This includes filling the gaps between blocks.
An area of blocks which was prone to ‘floating’ was also strengthened by in-filling the block gaps with dry postcrete. The success of this can only be checked when the canal is filled up again.
Use was then made of the trackbarrow to move a pallet load of blocks from the car park to the upper section of the towpath bank ready for laying.

Thursday 9th,  Attendance 4.   Weather fine
A hired trackbarroy was used to transport clay from the Kier compound to the towpath bank where it slid down one piece of lining.  Lots of water were used to minimise clagging.  5 lads weremoved ready for termination  at the gabions.
Use was made of the trackbarrow to move a pallett load of blocks from the carpark to the upper section of the towpath bank ready for laying.

Saturday 11th
Attendance: 6
Weather: Fine with a shower at about 2pm
Work started with filling a hired skip with accumulated rubbish. All non-pallet rubbish was loaded first followed by as many damaged pallets as possible. A few of the latter remain and the good pallets are in a neat pile.
The main job was the clay termination along the front of the gabions preceded by repositioning some blocks to reduce the gaps. Clay was barrowed across from the other bank and puddled into place with wellies. Virtually all the available clay was used, leaving the bank free to lay blocks.

thanks to Rachel for these photos and to Toni for the mince pies and mulled wine!

Sunday 12th Attendance: 8 weather: Fine
Final skip loading andtidying up was done followed by the laying of the last blocks (hurrah!) at the end of the towpath bank.
The next main job was clay termination at B172, a job that has been pending for some time. Clay was
moved from the pile by the bridge a put (sorry, thrown) into a waiting barrow in the bed. At the start of the off- bank profile a trench was dug, the lining tucked in and the trench filled with clay. Clay was also put at the base of the side walls and up the bund.
A final job was to do general tidying up of the bed to move broken blocks to the bank profile and remove assorted rubbish, pallets etc.

Thursday 16th to 24th
An area of blocks which was prone to ‘floating’ was also strengthened by in-filling the block gaps with dry postcrete. The success of this can only be checked when the canal is filled up again.
Repairs started at main affected area, where off bank blocks have slumped. Joints filled with postcrete where accessible.

The ‘stop planks’, which had been delivered to the Millness yard, where painted and packed with polystyrene and the second hand trailer to transport them was ‘fettled’ ie., made ready to cart the long ‘planks’ to Stainton with the liberal use of an angle grinder!


           SOCIAL MEETING TUESDAY MARCH 3rd 2020


At the Longlands Hotel
Tewitfield  LA6 1JH
7pm for a 7.30 start

The Longlands Hotel has proved to be a popular venue for our social meetings so we are going to hold our March meeting there. Social meetings are important for members and friends to get together to find out what is happening with the trust and to socialise with other members.

Peter Jones will give us an illustrated update on the First Furlong, a lot has been happening there! and our Chairman Robin Yates will also talk about the other work of the trust is involved in and lead an open discussion/question time session.

We will hold social meetings twice each year, in March and October and together with our AGM in the middle of the year this should give everyone plenty of opportunity to catch up with what is happening and to contribute thoughts and ideas.

The meeting will be of special interest to members of the Lancaster Canal Trust but we would be delighted to welcome non members as well.



IWA Lancs and Cumbria Branch Social Meetings




Date    Speaker    Talk    Notes
        
27th Feb    AGM followed by Harvey Hamilton Thorpe who is the Ribble Life Together Programme Manager    AGM followed by a talk about the Ribble Rivers Trust    After the AGM we will have a talk from the Ribble Rivers Trust, the trust was formed in 1997 to restore the River Ribble and its surrounding flora and wildlife to its former glory

All our meetings start at 7.30 and the venue is open from 7pm.
The venue for our meetings is St Chad’s Parish Centre, 235 Town Lane Whittle le Woods, Chorley, PR6 8AJ.
The meetings are for IWA members but they are open meetings and anyone can attend, members of the Lancaster Canal Trust will be very welcome.

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LCT Site Locations:

First Furlong – Stainton, Viver Lane, LA8 0LG
https://www.lctrust.co.uk/activities/stainton-car-park/view-map?tmpl=component... Hincaster Tunnel – Well Head Lane (by bridge under A590) Grid Reference SD 5139 8510 Millness Depot – A65 Crooklands (by bridge under M6) Grid Reference SD 5371 8303
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CHAIRMANS NEWSLETTER, LATE DECEMBER2019 & JANUARY 2020

First Furlong
Meet at STAINTON at 9.30 each day
As a bit of a celebration, and in keeping with the season, we’ll have home made mince pies and mulled wine on hand!
We’ve achieved a massive amount over the past year, often in less than ideal circumstances (which at times was something of an understatement!), and it’s a real credit to all our stalwart ‘navvies’. Peter needs a special thanks as he’s been the one keeping the pumps running all year so that water levels are low enough for us to work in (never above wellie tops!) – well done all!!!

Now to the work for this weekend:
A trench has been dug along the line of the gabions and up the off bank and now needs the liner to be slotted into it and packed with puddling clay which has been donated by Kiers. We’ll have moved sufficient for the task on to site from theirs during the week.

Once the above is completed the last of the blocks can be laid up the banks. We’ll also do a general tidy up so when the stop planks are in place we can start filling the length with water.

Volunteers of all skill levels are welcome. We will provide whatever protective clothing is required for the job in hand (hard hats, hi-vis jackets and work gloves) if you don't have your own. We advise that you bring warm clothes, waterproofs, sturdy boots or wellies and a packed lunch with drinks
PLEASE let me know if you can attend - this is important in case details change, a quick email to chair@lctrust.co.uk is all that’s needed.

winter 2The view on Sunday at the end of the day. This is as far as the linings are to go. The remaining blocks are to fill in on the banks once the lining has been sealed to the transition walls.
  

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Walk on the Lancaster Canal, 1st of February 2020

You will remember that there was a walk on part of the Lancaster Canal near Johnsons Hillock Locks in March 2019. This walk was led by Bill Froggatt from Canal and River Trust and was part of the IWA Region social meeting.
People who took part in the walk found it very interesting and many said they would like to do it again but maybe a little further, so we have arranged another walk to do just that.
This walk will be led by Nigel Hardacre from the Lancaster Canal Trust and IWA, Nigel has done the walk many times, it takes a circular route ‘down’ the 6 locks, at Johnsons Hillock, and then turns onto the ‘old’ Walton summit branch (former Lancaster canal).

There is an option at this point for those who do not want the longer walk to return to the Top Lock pub, this will make a smaller 1.5 mile route.

The main 6 mile route then follows footpaths and goes alongside the dry canal bed, now filled in and then takes the M61 subway tunnel, and under the old canal bed /aqueduct where the river Lostock flows through. We will be able to see both Whittle Hills tunnels as the route continues through Whittle to the old Duke of York basin.

After this, there is more dry canal bed and we see less of the route, passing a Lime Kiln and circling round to join the road that takes us back over the M61 where it cuts its way through the hills, in Brindle. The highest point of the route affords good views of Lancashire, and further afield. We will pass through ‘Top O th’ Lane’ and head back towards the Leeds and Liverpool Canal as we cross the valley of the river Lostock.

The last part continues back along the towpath to the Top Lock pub. The walk is 6 miles in total although there is the shorter version mentioned above.

The Top Lock pub have kindly agreed that we can leave our cars there although there is some street parking as well and we hope that some of us will have a drink and possibly food before and/or after the walk. The Top Lock serves breakfast from 10am until 12 and other food from 12 onwards all day.

Hiking boots are essential and please wear appropriate outdoor clothing/waterproofs, it is February after all.

This is a pleasant walk and Winter gives the best views, as with so many trees, the tunnels can be seen better at this time.

Meet at the Top Lock which is open from 10am for an 11am start.

It is possible to just turn up for the walk but it would be better if you can let me know you are coming so we have an idea of numbers and it would help if you can give me your mobile number case of any problems.

My phone number is 07763561572 and my email is delwendwhm@btinternet.com or wendy.humphreys@waterways.org.uk





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LCT Site Locations:

First Furlong – Stainton, Viver Lane, LA8 0LG
https://www.lctrust.co.uk/activities/stainton-car-park/view-map?tmpl=component... Hincaster Tunnel – Well Head Lane (by bridge under A590) Grid Reference SD 5139 8510 Millness Depot – A65 Crooklands (by bridge under M6) Grid Reference SD 5371 8303
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