Colin Fowler collected and delivered the wellies
Mark Hodgson of North Yorkshire has donated 25 helmets, a dozen lamps, 40 plus pairs of wellies and some other equipment. This donation will allow us to provide Carrs Mine visitors with decent helmets and offer wellies on muddy days.
Many Thanks to Mark for offering and donating this equipment.
Sunday 17th May 10.00hrs onwards
Weather permitting, we aim to restart work on North Powder Store on 17th May. All materials are now on site and we need help with mortaring, roof structure building and putting on the roof slates.
If you are interested, please either turn up on the day, or contact Peter Jackson in advance – phone 07718385646.
We also have some other lighter tasks for the day.,
Excellent weather today – bright sunshine and dry air. Those members who hanker after underground trips spent the afternoon in the smelting mill culverts attempting to trace water flows. Some partial success and some interesting discoveries. It appears that a branching network runs under most of the buildings and there are tantalising glimpses of daylight from unknown holes. We did not find the exit from the Barracks drain. Can anyone bring some surveying gear which will give us precise heights of the leats?
Brewery shaft lighting was checked out. We no longer have a mains power connection to this building and so resorted to generator. Unfortunately, the generator did not have sufficient capacity to properly power the system. Further consultations with experts are planned.
The rock pile by the Pattinson House was part-sorted into rubbish and usable stones. Potholes in the approach road were filled. Barracks ground floor tidy up continued – much progress made here – the last of the redundant display panels was removed and the work benches placed in a more practical position. The Barracks door sill was renewed. Roof slates put back into position on the Workshop building.
The Smelting Mill fenced area had litter removed, assorted builders debris cleared, redundant timber removed. The paths and gullies around the buildings were cleared of moss and mud.
Members Working Day 29th March was a great success. We fixed the damaged displays in the Workshop buildings, evicted redundant panels, cleaned up fungus growing on the panels, replaced some of the Barracks upstairs floor, swept and cleaned just about everywhere, installed a ladder rack in the Barracks, put up coat hooks, produced some site publicity posters,carried ladders into Smallcleugh for NAMHO – checked the fit – and carried them all out again, found ways of hanging a publicity banner, moved the car park mine wagon to a new site, and removed redundant panels from the mega sign at the main car park entrance.
In between the rain showers, it occasionally stopped raining. Missing from the pictures are Sheila Barker who left mid-afternoon and Gavin Brett who escaped the camera. Thanks to everyone!
We had a very successful day. 33 visitors were taken on four mine trips. The feedback forms were all excellent – quotes include “friendly volunteers, knowledgeable guides and fantastic cakes’.
The team for the day included Steve Holding, Nick Green, Emma Scheck, Colin Wilkinson, Pete Wilson, Hazel Kendrick, Emily Wilson and Joyce Jackson.
Other members were also on site and the task list included repairing and enhancing the car park gates, installing a gate on the smelting mill walkway, repairing the Barracks door and repairing the car park noticeboard. Martyn Langley, Alec Langley and Gavin Brett managed all this work.
Our total donations for the day were £245.