MARCH 2020 CHAIRMANS NEWSLETTER

Lancaster Canal Trust
Members & Volunteers Newsletter  -  March 2020
 
 
March work weekend - Sat 14th  &  Sunday 15th
 
First Furlong
Meet at STAINTON at 9.30 each day
 
Jobs to do:
Complete filling the towpath profile a using small digger and wheel barrows. The distance between the heap of soil in the field and the length of towpath profile that needs to be filled is so short it would be inefficient to use a dumper as we previously have. So a small digger to fill a barrow and three or four barrows will quickly finish this job.
 
Next, to reposition some of the blocks that have risen and postcrete the joints as we have done in another area last month. This has proved to work well as these haven’t moved at all subsequently.
 
A tidy up job – removing the felled trees laying along the top of the off-bank and burning the brash.
 
Not for this weekend but jobs that still need doing 1) the offside lining needs to be pulled up and resurveyed to check the levels. Where they are below the correct level additional strips of liner will be glued in place and 2) the stop planks need some work on them to ensure a completely watertight fit in the channels in the stonework.
 
 
 
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 FEBRUARY
 
 
The blocks on a section of the offside bank which had slip due the blocks in the bed lifting were taken up and relaided in an orderly fashion. The blocks on the bed were secured with postcrete and subsequently no further movement was observed.
 
The stop planks were transported from Millness by trailer and installed.
They are so light they can easily be slotted into position by just two people.
 
 
Offside bank trees have been felled and and the brash piled ready for a bonfire by the next work party.
 
 
 
Other news
 
Towpath Trail – Wellheads to Field End no information of when it would start.  There was concern it would affect the 10K run planned for the end of April if work is not completed as scheduled.
 
Milestones – there are 10 still to be sited and installed. A couple of problems have arisen one being the discovery of a HV cable running under the towpath at one location and it has just been discovered that two of them will need planning permission. LCT would like to be involved with the installation at the Kendal end so we can gain some publicity value from them
 
 
Dredging and clearance Stainton to Millness ongoing.    , L

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FITTING STOP PLANKS
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DREDGING AT STAINTON FEBRUARY 2020

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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