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Montgomery Canal Restoration Work Party Report - August 2007

August 4 & 5

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The weekend started with a visit from Julie Sharman, General Manager of BW's Wales & Border Counties. Though still officially on maternity leave, Julie promptly donned safety gear and put in an energetic morning's work on the visitor mooring wall. All the volunteers had a chance to chat to her about the work at Crickheath. We always enjoy working alongside British Waterway's personnel and their input is of great value to the project as a whole.

Work was once again concentrated on the heritage wharf wall and the visitor mooring wall. With an attendance of 20 on both days, progress was excellent. The first course of stone on the visitor mooring wall was backfilled with concrete and progress on a second course is gathering momentum.

By Sunday afternoon the heritage wharf wall had some completed sections that Big Arthur backfilled with soil. The comment 'it requires people of some heritage to build a good heritage wall!' was not appreciated by some!

Star of the weekend was a young volunteer who was attending to fulfil the volunteer element of The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Whilst considerably lowering the average age of the group, his tireless stint behind the mixer was admired by all.

The weekend was positive, productive and enjoyable. Hopes are high that given fair weather the two walls will be completed after the next two work parties.

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