Wednesday Work Day
2nd November 2017
Programme will include archive work (inside). We may also be starting the installation of an improved air extract system for the Assay House showers.
Outdoor work may be curtailed by low temperatures – ( and we do not have any sand in stock for road repairs). No more lime work possible due to low temperatures and Carrs Mine work cannot start until after last mine visit on 12th November.Assume that there will be no outdoor work this week.
WEDNESDAY 25th October 2017
2 Cleaning Assay House for Open day
3 Pointing Workshop building ridge tiles (weather permitting).
4 Installing new kitchen cupboards
5 Measuring up for extractor fan system
A Misty morning turned to blue sky at times, with a cool south east wind. The volunteer team covered a wide range of tasks today.
Dave walked the site checking a footpath map and then did the whole tour again to check timings and directions. We lost him in the mist from time to time but he reappeared for lunch and afternoon tea.
Anne, Karen, Sheila and Joyce spent the day in the warmth of the archive office debating spreadsheets and archiving. We are promised an on-line offering sometime soon.
Alec, Chris, Colin and Andrew, Audrey and Janet cut up scrap metal and moved it to the skip. They also collected some Arris fencing from Bernard and installed next to The Barracks.
Audrey painted the Brewery shaft pipework and then Colin and Audrey went off to count trees in the woods….
Andy completed his marathon task of photographing all our specimen collection.
Chris and Alec drilled new holes for the Grumpy Miners. They became grumpy themselves when the drill also decided to get grumpy. Andrew and Janet dredged gravel out of the Carrs Mine drain, whilst Pete packed the fluorspar specimens for movement out of the mine.
Pete and John toured the east site boundary looking for gaps in the fences.
NOTE: plans for future Working Wednesdays will normally now be published on the preceding Monday evening, on this website and the Facebook page. We will also setup an email notification list – send an email to email@example.com if you want to be on the list.
On 16th October we welcomed 50 students and staff from the Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Newcastle University. Our contribution required five group trips into Carrs Mine and supporting the groups on surface sampling. We started the day in cloud and drizzle and ended with blue sky. It was rewarding to see so many students taking an interest in earth sciences.
Thanks to Dr Martin Cooke, Director of Postgraduate Studies and team for choosing Nenthead as a field study site and to our team of volunteers including Steve Holding, Alan Robinson, Dave McAnelly, Karen Beer, Chris Buckingham , Joyce Jackson, Gavin Stewart, Andy Hopkirk, Frank Bouweraerts, Anne Hopkirk, and Peter Jackson.
The last planned Sunday work day for this year had great results. Several potholes and gulleys were concreted on the approach road. This consumed our stock of sand and cement, including some new donations of cement.
15 October 2017
After lunch we split into two groups. One team cleared fallen rock from the river adjacent to Carrs waterfall. The water level was dropped by at least one welly depth. Another team visited Rampgill Burn culvert intending to retrieve the stocks of dressed stone that were leftover from past conservation work. Stocks of stone now safely housed at Carrs Mine. We also viewed a collapsed culvert wall and retrieved some fallen walling from the burn. Pending longer term repairs, this work will help to prevent more erosion of the silt on the burn side.
The day ended with a quick visit to Carrs Mine in order to inspect and prepare the mine for a visit on Monday.
SUNDAY WORK DAY 15th October
The weather forecast is dry….
Outdoor jobs will include
1 Mixing concrete and filling road potholes
2 Shifting dressed stone from around the site
3 Pulling fallen rocks out of the river- depending upon water flow.
4 Dressing Carrs Mine for Newcastle University visit on Monday
5 Moving arris fencing – if Bernard is at home.
Phone Joyce on Saturday evening if you have questions etc 07702538709
WORKING WEDNESDAY 11th October
Weather Forecast is rain all day, so there will be no major planned outdoor work.
Archive work, including starting a sort of our photos and slides.
Painting windows – inside.
Cleaning Bunkhouse for a group booking.
Outside jobs available – if you don’t mind the rain….
Loading scrap metal into skip.
Cutting shrubbery at the car park entrance.
Moving arris fencing from Bernard’s yard to our site.
SUNDAY 15TH OCTOBER IS A PLANNED WORK DAY
The weather forecast is warm and dry. I will plan an outdoor and indoor work programme.
Contact for questions and suggestions: Pete J on 07718385646.