Saturday Volunteers hard at work spring cleaning the engine house, all hands session planned for next Saturday!
Jamie, one of our volunteer colleagues, is an archaeologist and so cannot allow this fragment of our history to disappear. This defensive bunker, you pass it as you walk from the field car park, was built during the 2nd world war to help defend the area should the enemy reach the southern bank of the canal. The bunker was disappearing under ivy and shrubbery and so Jamie has made it his mission to make it more visible as part of our heritage story.
We were sad to say goodbye to the weeping willow that was growing by the bank of the leat. Sadly it was pushing the walls of the leat and causing them to collapse. Here volunteers are are removing sections of the trunk down to the call yard.
Just over three weeks to go to our first steaming of the 2018 season. The work by both volunteers and professionals is in full swing and the building is being prepared for the steaming whilst undergoing significant work to ensure its future. Many thanks to our major benefactor -The Heritage Lottery Fund and contributions from private individuals and charities.
It looks like the Engineman’s Rest Cafe will be in line for a lot of attention. Visitors note that The Engineman’s Rest will be open again from Good Friday, March 30th. The rest of the building will be not be open until Saturday 31st March for the Easter Steaming Weekend. Come along and see all the work in progress…….
The foundations are being prepared for the extension to the public rest rooms.
Work inside the building is under way. By the time visitors are allowed on site the start of the works will be completed.
The Engineman’s Rest Cafe kitchen facilities are getting a complete makeover. This is how much we, volunteers at Crofton, value the contribution the Cafe makes to our visitors.
Scaffolding being erected around the building to allow work on the roof, brickwork and timbers.
We now have our own site office to coordinate the work!