Griffin Mill Update

Fun in the Sun on April the First

Cotswold Canals Trust Volunteers were out in force on the restoration of Griffin Mill Lock in Stroud on a bright & sunny Sunday.

Project Leader Steve Hake reports on the team and their progress…

Welfare & Security

A caravan has been installed at the lock. This means we now have a toilet and a Burco boiler on site. We made the ‘welfare suite’ secure by enclosing it with Heras fencing.

Restoration

After ensuring the stability of the scaffolding the team worked on the offside wall by rolling back coping stones. This allowed the stripping back of unsound brickwork.

A new volunteer for our work party, Christine B, pictured below right, started work on the paddle chamber walls. Ian and Ken lent a hand and removed additional coping stones in this area.

Wet Socks

Inevitably some tools fell into the two feet of water in the chamber. Lyndon B donned a set of waders and went in to recover them. All was well until Lyndon bent over to pick up the tools allowing water to flood into his waders!

Water build up in the lock is a problem as all the fuel costs to date have been spent on pumping. If left to build up the level will reach about six feet.

This will then take two days to pump down. As summer progresses the water ingress should decrease.

New Tools

The team had the chance to try out the new SDS drills that have been added to the power tool collection we have to carry to the site.

The drills proved useful but will need some experimentation and extra tooling to maximise their use.

 
Volunteers – for the future & from way-back

Information Leaflets were handed out to the throngs of walkers out enjoying the good weather. Many people showed interest in what we were doing. From their reaction this will result in new volunteers.

One passer-by explained that he was heavily involved in the 1975 work on the lock. He has promised to bring us an account of it and some photos.

How you can help 

Click on the icon right if you feel inclined to come along to Griffin Mill for some exercise with a purpose. This will take you to the Connect website where you can register your availability.

Alternatively, you can contact Steve direct: 07816 085 579 steve_hake@yahoo.co.uk