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Working to restore a rural waterway

April Work Party

The April work party took place at Cogglesford Lock to make a start to rebuild the lock wall which was partially demolished at the end of last year so that the trees that were growing in the lock wall could be removed.

The set up took some time with the scaffolding tower having to be moved to site from the lock up and then to get the mixer, sand, cement and bricks all in the right place for work to start.  Once everything was in place Rob and Roy got to work removing loose brickwork and then laying the new bricks.  The job went smoothly despite having to build a second staging in the water because of the length of bricks to be laid.  By the end of the day all the available bricks were laid, a great job!

The same day as the work party Cogglesford Mill was holding a milling day and during the day a shear pin broke in the mechanism stopping everything with the mill coming to a grinding halt!  I’m pleased to say that the Trust’s skills now extend to fixing watermills.  Norman and Drew sprung into action and managed to make and fit a new shear pin before the end of the day to get the mill working again.

The next work party will be to finish the brickwork, hopefully with a view to replacing the coping stones in June.