28th August 2013
The last two weeks in August have seen a Waterway Recovery Group camp at Staveley on the Chesterfield Canal. They have been helping the Chesterfield Canal Trust’s Work Party with the building of Staveley Town Lock. Everyone working on the project is a volunteer, many giving up their holidays to help.
Following the opening of Staveley Town Basin in January 2012, there has been only sporadic work on the lock. However things started in earnest at our Festival at the end of June. We now have a dedicated page about the work on the lock that will be updated regularly. Click here to see it.
Since then hundreds of blocks and bricks have been laid, a secure compound has been built, footings for a new washwall have been excavated and concrete poured for foundations. In addition several Trust members have learnt how to drive excavators and dumper trucks.
The Chesterfield Canal Trust has raised over £30,000 so far with its Donate a Brick for Staveley Town Lock Appeal. This appeal will continue, accepting amounts from £5 upwards.
However the money is now being spent at an alarming rate, so the Trust is making a fresh appeal. In the next few weeks, they will be pouring hundreds of cubic metres of concrete. This is delivered by lorry and is hugely expensive.
You can Donate a Cubic Metre of Concrete for £80. If you Gift Aid your donation, it becomes worth £100. All donations will be acknowledged on the Trust’s website and in its magazine, Cuckoo (unless requested otherwise).
You can make a donation in memory of a loved one, or give it to someone as a Birthday or Christmas gift. The Trust will provide a certificate to commemorate your donation.
Working in partnership.
A view of the lock through the tail bridge.
The first Sunday with work just starting.
This was taken four days later. See how much has been done compared to the photo above. The WRGies are laying the bricks and the outer wall blocks, the Trust volunteers are laying the inner wall blocks.
It looks as if they are putting in doors …..
….. in fact it is where the water will go when the lock is being filled. It will be let in where Chris Finn (red helmet) is standing and come out, into the lock, through the hole at the bottom of the ladder. The lock gates will be where the ladder is.
Meanwhile, a trench was being excavated from the Staveley Loop Road Bridge.
This was filled with concrete – the cyclists are on the Trans-Pennine Trail
Then WRGies started to lay blocks for the washwall.
Here’s a closer view of them working.
On the first day, our Work Party began the task of putting up a secure compound. It was a nightmare trying to make the deep holes required for the posts …..
….. so they brought in a hole borer.
Now they could get on much better.
Within a week, the compound was built.
Dave Kiddy demonstrates his newly learnt dumper driving skills.
Dave is standing in the space which has to be filled with concrete. There is another such space on the other side of the lock. Then another layer of blocks, with an inner facing of bricks, will be laid to the height of the brickwork in the background and again filled with concrete.