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CHAIRMAN'S NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2020

Lancaster Canal Trust

Members & Volunteers Newsletter – August 2020

 

 

Working Weekend – Sat 8th - Sun 9th

 

After long and complicated, and at times highly imaginative, discussions as to how to complete the filling of the profile on the off bank the Trust has invested in a pontoon which will act as a movable bridge. This has been delivered to Millness, is going to be assembled this week and then towed by Waterwitch to Stainton. Once in position on the FF we will use it to ferry material on to the off bank.

The task for the weekend will be filling ‘sandbags’ and moving them across on to the far bank. We’ll have the use of the small excavator to loosen the soil from the pile.

As with previous work parties, these jobs can be done safely, physically distancing etc.

July working weekend …

 

The viewing area at Hincaster was given a strim.

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BEFORE
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AFTER

Another team donned waders and lifted out the ‘stop planks’ and stored them on the off bank. This is in preparation for redoing the base on which they sit to ensure a water tight fit.

And a third group worked on clearing the paddock area by the Stables at Crooklands to create an attractive picnic area and wildflower patch.

All in all a busy and productive weekend!

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OVERGROWN PADDOCK
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HEDGEROW BETWEEN PADDOCK AND CANAL TOWPATH
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HINCASTER

Lancaster Canal Trust
Members & Volunteers Newsletter – July 2020


Working Weekend – Sat 11th - Sun 12th


Firstly, there is a need to lift out the Stop planks in order to reseal the bottom one. This can be done safely without the draining the canal.   
Secondly, the top of the off-bank needs strimming.

Moving on the Hincaster, the viewing area at the east end also needs strimming.


And finally, the paddock/picnic area by the stables at Crooklands is overgrown not having been touched since last year. The hedgerow needs trimming and the Goat Willow has sprouted new stems. The area is a mass of Oxide Daisies and it is planned to leave about half as a wildflower area.

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LOADING THE BARROWS TWO AT A TIME
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TIPPING ONTO THE "PROFILE" AND RAKING FLAT.
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THE SUNDAY TEAM AT THE END OF THE DAY. JOB FINISHED !

CHAIMAN'S NEWS LETTER  MAY 2020



Physical work on the First Furlong may have been put on hold but behind the scenes there is plenty of activity. For example, finding the best solution as to how to ‘earth up’ the profile on the off-bank is taxing minds and there is no shortage of imaginative ideas coming forward.
Others includes:
Discussions with CRT regarding the ‘Extension Agreement’ continue even though many of their staff have been furloughed.
Kiers and L & W Wilsons are being consulted for a technical opinion on arrangements for the eventual removal of the bund under Br 172.
Following on-site discussions with CRT engineer’s pre-lockdown a simplified stillage test procedure is being drawn up. Incidentally, the FF is currently holding the best part of a meter depth of water and monitoring is showing that losses are compatible with CRT requirements. Great news indeed!
Other news


If you’re struggling to get out into the outside world remember there is a host of really interesting canal related websites to browse….

www.wterways.org.uk   
                     www.waterways.org.uk /wrg
             www.canalrivertrust.org.uk

… are starting points and links from them will take you to many canal societies and restoration projects around the country.

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The Spring edition of Waterwitch Magazine is bring compiled now and Wendy asks for contributions, reports, articles etc to be sent to her at -
delwendwhm@btinternet.com
as soon as possible please!

Of interest - transcripts of C19th Newspaper Articles


Many thanks to Bill Froggatt, CRT Heritage Advisor, for researching and compiling a thick file of newspaper articles relating to the Lancaster Canal. These three extracts relate to the Northern Reaches from the final agreement to fund and build this section (there had been a long running battle between the merchants of Kendal and Lancaster with their southern colleagues who supported a Ribble aqueduct) and the first boat into Kendal. The formal opening was, of course, some two months later in June 1819 when the section was completely open.

Westmorland Advertiser and Kendal Chronicle 20th March 1813
THE CANAL

We are happy to have it in now in our power to record the result of a Special Meeting of Proprietors of the Canal, held on Tuesday last, at Lancaster, for the purpose of considering the relative advantage of first forming a junction by water between the North and South Levels, or of continuing the line of canal to this town. The importance of both the schemes, excited an uncommon degree of interest, and drew together a larger body of Proprietors than usually assemble. At the meeting in February, the great advantages of the extension northwards, had been so fully opened and so generally assented to, that the principal aim of this meeting was to learn the probable cost and effect of a most perfect communication across the Ribble.
Estimates of two plans, deviating from the Parliamentary line, were presented, in both disadvantages were pointed out, proving them at present quite impracticable, and that the line laid down by the Act is the best yet discovered. This discussion so fully established the necessity of executing the north end first, that on a show of hands there was great majority in favour of extension northwards.
Heretofore, upon any question on which a difference of opinion has arisen, the appeal only was to the judgement of the proprietors present, in a work of so much moment, it became due to the distant Proprietors, who had appointed Proxies and given instructions, that they should be heard for the first time since this canal was begun, a general ballot took place and we exalt in its termination – a majority of 2160 was declared in executing the north end. 6356 voted.
We trust the Committee will not be tardy in executing a part of the line of so much interest to the concern. The present is a favourable reason for commencing their operation – labouring hands are easy to procure – many would be thankful for employment – and so better can be for setting out the work.
Warmly interested in the prosperity of this town, we now look forward with confidence to an improvement and extension of the manufactory. Situated far from coal, subjected to all the expense and inconvenience of land carriage for heavy articles, both raw and finished, the frugal industry of its inhabitants has born the only means of enabling it to come in competition with more favourable situations.
An increasing agricultural spirit will also be fostered; extensive commons, barely furnishing a summer pasture for small flocks of sheep, have begun to (illegible – shine?) in harvest and not only food but profitably employ an increased population; these, by a readier, cheaper (illegible) for the produce, will be still more extensively brought under the plough.
The well-known difficulty, expense, and waste in the carriage of slate to Gargrave, where it is put upon the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, has been a barrier to prosecuting this trade with spirit and has stood opposed to opening any new quarries. Slate furnishing a profitable back-carriage for coal, will all be (illegible) for this canal; the junction with the Leeds and Liverpool canal now in progress will open the means of conveyance to all parts of the kingdom; how far this trade may be extended it is difficult to ascertain but certainly to a much greater (illegible) than was calculated in the modest report of the Committee.
Indeed, in whatever point of view we contemplate this work, we (illegible) in it benefits so great, that we are only surprised it should have been so long delayed. To the Proprietors we are persuaded it will in a few years not only pay the interest, but the principal expected upon it; and a concern that has hitherto been distressingly unproductive, bids fair to equal many other public works which in their execution have sunk as low in credit, and are now in great prosperity.


Westmorland Advertiser and Kendal Chronicle 17th April 1813
LANCASTER AND KENDAL CANAL
TO BE LET
At the King’s Arms, in Kendal, on Tuesday, the Twenty-seventh day of April, 1813, at Six o’clock in the Evening. THE SINKING of a PIT or SHAFT, from the surface of the ground in a certain Field, in Hincaster, to the depth of the intended Tunnel, for the Canal, through that part.
Information may be obtained by applying at the Canal Office, in Lancaster, or Preston, to John Wakefield, or W. D. Crewdson, Esqrs. Kendal, or to Mr. Thomas Fletcher, Engineer.


Westmorland Gazette and Kendal Advertiser Saturday April 17th 1819

On Wednesday, the 14th inst, a boat loaded with paving slabs came up from the south end of the Tunnel to the new basin in Aynam. This is the first vessel which has navigated the Canal as far as the town of Kendal.
IWA Events – to which ALL are invited



IWA HO are holding webinars to replace social meetings. If you get this e-news in time, there is one for Lancs and Cumbria Branch on 30th of April at 6pm and the speaker is Bill Froggatt on Canal Heritage.

To register just go on the IWA website www.waterways.org.uk

There is also a webinar on the Ashton Canal and one on bringing Waterways to the attention of Government. For the complete list of wide ranging webinars go to:

https://www.waterways.org.uk/events_festivals/online_talks

You don't have to be an IWA member to join.

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MAY 2020 CHAIRMAN'S NEWSLETTER

Lancaster Canal Trust
Members & Volunteers Newsletter - May 2020



Physical work on the First Furlong may have been put on hold but behind the scenes there is plenty of activity. For example, finding the best solution as to how to ‘earth up’ the profile on the off-bank is taxing minds and there is no shortage of imaginative ideas coming forward.
Others includes:
⦁    Discussions with CRT regarding the ‘Extension Agreement’ continue even though many of their staff have been furloughed.
⦁    Kiers and L & W Wilsons are being consulted for a technical opinion on arrangements for the eventual removal of the bund under Br 172.
⦁    Following on-site discussions with CRT engineer’s pre-lockdown a simplified stillage test procedure is being drawn up. Incidentally, the FF is currently holding the best part of a meter depth of water and monitoring is showing that losses are compatible with CRT requirements. Great news indeed!
Other news


If you’re struggling to get out into the outside world remember there is a host of really interesting canal related websites to browse….

www.wterways.org.uk www.waterways.org.uk/wrg www.canalrivertrust.org.uk

… are starting points and links from them will take you to many canal societies and restoration projects around the country.

***

The Spring edition of Waterwitch Magazine is bring compiled now and Wendy asks for contributions, reports, articles etc to be sent to her at -
delwendwhm@btinternet.com
as soon as possible please!

Of interest - transcripts of C19th Newspaper Articles


Many thanks to Bill Froggatt, CRT Heritage Advisor, for researching and compiling a thick file of newspaper articles relating to the Lancaster Canal. These three extracts relate to the Northern Reaches from the final agreement to fund and build this section (there had been a long running battle between the merchants of Kendal and Lancaster with their southern colleagues who supported a Ribble aqueduct) and the first boat into Kendal. The formal opening was, of course, some two months later in June 1819 when the section was completely open.

Westmorland Advertiser and Kendal Chronicle 20th March 1813
THE CANAL

We are happy to have it in now in our power to record the result of a Special Meeting of Proprietors of the Canal, held on Tuesday last, at Lancaster, for the purpose of considering the relative advantage of first forming a junction by water between the North and South Levels, or of continuing the line of canal to this town. The importance of both the schemes, excited an uncommon degree of interest, and drew together a larger body of Proprietors than usually assemble. At the meeting in February, the great advantages of the extension northwards, had been so fully opened and so generally assented to, that the principal aim of this meeting was to learn the probable cost and effect of a most perfect communication across the Ribble.
Estimates of two plans, deviating from the Parliamentary line, were presented, in both disadvantages were pointed out, proving them at present quite impracticable, and that the line laid down by the Act is the best yet discovered. This discussion so fully established the necessity of executing the north end first, that on a show of hands there was great majority in favour of extension northwards.
Heretofore, upon any question on which a difference of opinion has arisen, the appeal only was to the judgement of the proprietors present, in a work of so much moment, it became due to the distant Proprietors, who had appointed Proxies and given instructions, that they should be heard for the first time since this canal was begun, a general ballot took place and we exalt in its termination – a majority of 2160 was declared in executing the north end. 6356 voted.
We trust the Committee will not be tardy in executing a part of the line of so much interest to the concern. The present is a favourable reason for commencing their operation – labouring hands are easy to procure – many would be thankful for employment – and so better can be for setting out the work.
Warmly interested in the prosperity of this town, we now look forward with confidence to an improvement and extension of the manufactory. Situated far from coal, subjected to all the expense and inconvenience of land carriage for heavy articles, both raw and finished, the frugal industry of its inhabitants has born the only means of enabling it to come in competition with more favourable situations.
An increasing agricultural spirit will also be fostered; extensive commons, barely furnishing a summer pasture for small flocks of sheep, have begun to (illegible – shine?) in harvest and not only food but profitably employ an increased population; these, by a readier, cheaper (illegible) for the produce, will be still more extensively brought under the plough.
The well-known difficulty, expense, and waste in the carriage of slate to Gargrave, where it is put upon the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, has been a barrier to prosecuting this trade with spirit and has stood opposed to opening any new quarries. Slate furnishing a profitable back-carriage for coal, will all be (illegible) for this canal; the junction with the Leeds and Liverpool canal now in progress will open the means of conveyance to all parts of the kingdom; how far this trade may be extended it is difficult to ascertain but certainly to a much greater (illegible) than was calculated in the modest report of the Committee.
Indeed, in whatever point of view we contemplate this work, we (illegible) in it benefits so great, that we are only surprised it should have been so long delayed. To the Proprietors we are persuaded it will in a few years not only pay the interest, but the principal expected upon it; and a concern that has hitherto been distressingly unproductive, bids fair to equal many other public works which in their execution have sunk as low in credit, and are now in great prosperity.


Westmorland Advertiser and Kendal Chronicle 17th April 1813
LANCASTER AND KENDAL CANAL
TO BE LET
At the King’s Arms, in Kendal, on Tuesday, the Twenty-seventh day of April, 1813, at Six o’clock in the Evening. THE SINKING of a PIT or SHAFT, from the surface of the ground in a certain Field, in Hincaster, to the depth of the intended Tunnel, for the Canal, through that part.
Information may be obtained by applying at the Canal Office, in Lancaster, or Preston, to John Wakefield, or W. D. Crewdson, Esqrs. Kendal, or to Mr. Thomas Fletcher, Engineer.


Westmorland Gazette and Kendal Advertiser Saturday April 17th 1819

On Wednesday, the 14th inst, a boat loaded with paving slabs came up from the south end of the Tunnel to the new basin in Aynam. This is the first vessel which has navigated the Canal as far as the town of Kendal.
IWA Events – to which ALL are invited



IWA HO are holding webinars to replace social meetings. If you get this e-news in time, there is one for Lancs and Cumbria Branch on 30th of April at 6pm and the speaker is Bill Froggatt on Canal Heritage.

To register just go on the IWA website www.waterways.org.uk

There is also a webinar on the Ashton Canal and one on bringing Waterways to the attention of Government. For the complete list of wide ranging webinars go to:

https://www.waterways.org.uk/events_festivals/online_talks

You don't have to be an IWA member to join.

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FITTING STOP PLANKS

              MARCH 2020 CHAIRMANS NEWSLETTER

Lancaster Canal Trust
Members & Volunteers Newsletter  -  March 2020
 
 
March work weekend - Sat 14th  &  Sunday 15th
 
First Furlong
Meet at STAINTON at 9.30 each day
 
Jobs to do:
Complete filling the towpath profile a using small digger and wheel barrows. The distance between the heap of soil in the field and the length of towpath profile that needs to be filled is so short it would be inefficient to use a dumper as we previously have. So a small digger to fill a barrow and three or four barrows will quickly finish this job.
 
Next, to reposition some of the blocks that have risen and postcrete the joints as we have done in another area last month. This has proved to work well as these haven’t moved at all subsequently.
 
A tidy up job – removing the felled trees laying along the top of the off-bank and burning the brash.
 
Not for this weekend but jobs that still need doing 1) the offside lining needs to be pulled up and resurveyed to check the levels. Where they are below the correct level additional strips of liner will be glued in place and 2) the stop planks need some work on them to ensure a completely watertight fit in the channels in the stonework.
 
 
 
Volunteers of all skill levels are welcome. We will provide whatever protective clothing is required for the job in hand  (hard hats, hi-vis jackets and work gloves)  if you don't have your own.  We advise that you bring warm clothes, waterproofs, sturdy boots or wellies and a packed lunch with drinks
PLEASE let me know if you can attend - this is important in case details change, a quick email to chair@lctrust.co.uk is all that’s needed.



 
REPORTS  FROM FEBRUARY
 
 
The blocks on a section of the offside bank which had slip due the blocks in the bed lifting were taken up and relaided in an orderly fashion. The blocks on the bed were secured with postcrete and subsequently no further movement was observed.
 
The stop planks were transported from Millness by trailer and installed.
They are so light they can easily be slotted into position by just two people.
 
 
Offside bank trees have been felled and and the brash piled ready for a bonfire by the next work party.
 
 
 
Other news
 
Towpath Trail – Wellheads to Field End no information of when it would start.  There was concern it would affect the 10K run planned for the end of April if work is not completed as scheduled.
 
Milestones – there are 10 still to be sited and installed. A couple of problems have arisen one being the discovery of a HV cable running under the towpath at one location and it has just been discovered that two of them will need planning permission. LCT would like to be involved with the installation at the Kendal end so we can gain some publicity value from them
 
 
Dredging and clearance Stainton to Millness ongoing.    , L

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DREDGING AT STAINTON FEBRUARY 2020
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LOADING THE BARROWS, TWO AT A TIME

CHAIRMANS NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2020

Lancaster Canal Trust
Members & Volunteers Newsletter - Febuary 2020
Febuary work weekend - Sat 8th & Sunday 9th
First Furlong
Meet at STAINTON at 9.30 each day

Now that the lining is complete (see below) an outstanding job is to lift some of the blocks on the offside bank which will allow the repositioning of the blocks on the bed that have got displaced. A further job is to fill some of the larger gaps between the blocks that have been displaced with a concrete mix.
All being well there will be time to collect the new stop planks from Millness and an least make a start on fitting them in place under Br 172.

Volunteers of all skill levels are welcome. We will provide whatever protective clothing is required for the job in hand (hard hats, hi-vis jackets and work gloves) if you don't have your own. We advise that you bring warm clothes, waterproofs, sturdy boots or wellies and a packed lunch with drinks
PLEASE let me know if you can attend - this is important in case details change, a quick email to chair@lctrust.co.uk is all that’s needed.
Reports from January
                                                                    REPORTS FROM JANUARY

Saturday 4th +
The deliberate hole in the lining (towards B172), made to allow pumping water from underneath the liner, was sealed and the surrounding block displacement repaired with a mixture of MOT stone (as left by Wilson’s in the car park) and postcrete. This includes filling the gaps between blocks.
An area of blocks which was prone to ‘floating’ was also strengthened by in-filling the block gaps with dry postcrete. The success of this can only be checked when the canal is filled up again.
Use was then made of the trackbarrow to move a pallet load of blocks from the car park to the upper section of the towpath bank ready for laying.

Thursday 9th,  Attendance 4.   Weather fine
A hired trackbarroy was used to transport clay from the Kier compound to the towpath bank where it slid down one piece of lining.  Lots of water were used to minimise clagging.  5 lads weremoved ready for termination  at the gabions.
Use was made of the trackbarrow to move a pallett load of blocks from the carpark to the upper section of the towpath bank ready for laying.

Saturday 11th
Attendance: 6
Weather: Fine with a shower at about 2pm
Work started with filling a hired skip with accumulated rubbish. All non-pallet rubbish was loaded first followed by as many damaged pallets as possible. A few of the latter remain and the good pallets are in a neat pile.
The main job was the clay termination along the front of the gabions preceded by repositioning some blocks to reduce the gaps. Clay was barrowed across from the other bank and puddled into place with wellies. Virtually all the available clay was used, leaving the bank free to lay blocks.

thanks to Rachel for these photos and to Toni for the mince pies and mulled wine!

Sunday 12th Attendance: 8 weather: Fine
Final skip loading andtidying up was done followed by the laying of the last blocks (hurrah!) at the end of the towpath bank.
The next main job was clay termination at B172, a job that has been pending for some time. Clay was
moved from the pile by the bridge a put (sorry, thrown) into a waiting barrow in the bed. At the start of the off- bank profile a trench was dug, the lining tucked in and the trench filled with clay. Clay was also put at the base of the side walls and up the bund.
A final job was to do general tidying up of the bed to move broken blocks to the bank profile and remove assorted rubbish, pallets etc.

Thursday 16th to 24th
An area of blocks which was prone to ‘floating’ was also strengthened by in-filling the block gaps with dry postcrete. The success of this can only be checked when the canal is filled up again.
Repairs started at main affected area, where off bank blocks have slumped. Joints filled with postcrete where accessible.

The ‘stop planks’, which had been delivered to the Millness yard, where painted and packed with polystyrene and the second hand trailer to transport them was ‘fettled’ ie., made ready to cart the long ‘planks’ to Stainton with the liberal use of an angle grinder!


           SOCIAL MEETING TUESDAY MARCH 3rd 2020


At the Longlands Hotel
Tewitfield  LA6 1JH
7pm for a 7.30 start

The Longlands Hotel has proved to be a popular venue for our social meetings so we are going to hold our March meeting there. Social meetings are important for members and friends to get together to find out what is happening with the trust and to socialise with other members.

Peter Jones will give us an illustrated update on the First Furlong, a lot has been happening there! and our Chairman Robin Yates will also talk about the other work of the trust is involved in and lead an open discussion/question time session.

We will hold social meetings twice each year, in March and October and together with our AGM in the middle of the year this should give everyone plenty of opportunity to catch up with what is happening and to contribute thoughts and ideas.

The meeting will be of special interest to members of the Lancaster Canal Trust but we would be delighted to welcome non members as well.



IWA Lancs and Cumbria Branch Social Meetings




Date    Speaker    Talk    Notes
        
27th Feb    AGM followed by Harvey Hamilton Thorpe who is the Ribble Life Together Programme Manager    AGM followed by a talk about the Ribble Rivers Trust    After the AGM we will have a talk from the Ribble Rivers Trust, the trust was formed in 1997 to restore the River Ribble and its surrounding flora and wildlife to its former glory

All our meetings start at 7.30 and the venue is open from 7pm.
The venue for our meetings is St Chad’s Parish Centre, 235 Town Lane Whittle le Woods, Chorley, PR6 8AJ.
The meetings are for IWA members but they are open meetings and anyone can attend, members of the Lancaster Canal Trust will be very welcome.

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LCT Site Locations:

First Furlong – Stainton, Viver Lane, LA8 0LG
https://www.lctrust.co.uk/activities/stainton-car-park/view-map?tmpl=component... Hincaster Tunnel – Well Head Lane (by bridge under A590) Grid Reference SD 5139 8510 Millness Depot – A65 Crooklands (by bridge under M6) Grid Reference SD 5371 8303
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