Clearance by both the mid week and Sunday work groups. Flaming June here to make hacking and cutting a thirsty business, good progress made, more to do as always.
Stiles and paths that we cleared these two stints are in black; bear in mind that all/most of the other paths are clear. Through the crops (not grass) the farmer is obliged to make the route clear and most of our land users in Martley are very good at this. The field edge paths are the County’s responsibility which is where we come in. Having said that Mike and Chris Nott do a great amount to help our efforts in this region–thanks guys. So the long routes 756, 750 are kept clear by them.
Stiles and paths cleared 13th and 18th June
Jon and Ben Pearsall
Assembling in Crown Car park
What a difference a bigger crowd makes especially when the day starts with ARCC The Crown’s fantastic bacon butties once again (thanks Robin and his team–it has taken 30 years for us to be spoiled, and we quite like it). The PONS made a huge impression all over the parish today–see accompanying maps for areas that we cleared, starting with the lay by just past the saw mills and the paths leading from it (Map A); plenty of work south of Rodge Hill Farm (Map B) and Brook Court area (Map C). Some pics too.
Map A, Lay by on B4197
Map B South of Rodge Hill Farm
Map C, Brook Court Area
Andy hot already work not started
Tom struggling with a style
By Brook Court, really bad
John Corbett brush cutting nr Brook Court
Clear path--Oy what's that?
Bridge East of Brook court
Dave, Robin (mug behind the mug), Tom Pearsall (back to cam), Sam, Jon Pearsall, Ben Pearsall
Refreshments! Thanks Jan (Corbett)
Tom with young apprentice
Things are really looking up in the footpath department thanks to ARCC The Crown (http://crowninnmartley.co.uk/) in Martley. Robin (Conway) kindly invited the Path-or-Nones (http://thepathornones.co.uk/) to enjoy lovely crunchy bacon saanies from home made sourdough bread and home grown and cured bacon before our work party yesterday. Fabulous, a real first, my only regret–no photos. Jon P then welcomed our new recruits (including Robin Jnr) and we set off in convoy for the morning, first to the Ham Bridge area, after to Newtown. Thanks to all who came along on a lovely day–won’t always be like that and we won’t always get the chow first but what a start to the season! If anyone wishes to join us to help maintain local paths–only once a month usually the third Sunday, meet at The Crown Martley at 9a.m. so next meet is scheduled for May 21st
Today seven of us spent all morning on Pudford Lane, clearing and refitting steps, removing over and undergrowth around several stiles and generally tidying up an area we have not visited for some time. Four new steps and a signpost are required and this has been made know to County via the database. A bridleway opposite the entrance to Pudford Farm is very badly eroded and extremely muddy as being used by quad bikes as well as horses and riders. Maybe the local contractor, who lives down the lane and whose trucks are to be seen all over the place, can drop off a load of rubble.
NEW WMP PUDFORD LANE CORNER WORC WAY
PUDFORD LANE STILE (SOUTH) BEFORE
PUDFORD LANE STILE BEFORE
PUDFORD LANE STILE NORTH END
Path 580 at end Pudford Lane
Welcome and thanks to new recruits Charlie (new Manageress of the Crown) and Paul aka Ben (meaning that he has moved into Ben Cartwright’s old house leaving Ben and Joan homeless, wandering the dangerous streets of Malvern and beyond). Great to see you both we hope we will see you again, in any case we know where you live so can always come to collect you. Cheers us up no end to see new faces, given that many of our usual number cried off owing to very suspect excuses.
Focussed on the path around Penny Hill we did a huge amount, clearing all of the 135 (approximately) steps on that route–leaves, soil, over growth and installing and repairing a dozen or so others. Have requested more steps from County.
At Penny Hill--Coffee Break
Jan Corbett, Tom Pearsall, Jon Pearsall, Ian Pennell, Paul Kelley
At Penny Hill--Coffee Break
John Corbett, John Nicklin, Tom Pearsall, Jon Pearsall, Ian Pennell, Paul Kelley
Unloading, back at JP's
Paul Kelley, Jon Pearsall, Tom Pearsall, John Corbett
Ringed locations indicate where we worked. Three waymark posts (one new) installed or re-installed and firmed up; plenty of signing maintained and added to, the walk around the east of Penny Hill (882 and 566) discovered several quite heavy branches to remove (which we did) and one enormous fallen tree blocking two paths (557 and 551) that form the small triangle of paths at the junction of 552, 556 and 822. This is too big for us to tackle so have informed our masters. Let’s see how long they take. Finally, back at JPs we recruited a new PONS member then replaced the finger on a signpost (594) that the idiot hedge cutter had sent into oblivion.
Rarely do we meet twice a month, those who read last week’s blog will recall the extreme wet weather, postponing serious work on steps up to Rodge Hill for a week. Thus it was that on 23rd 18 new steps were added to this very steep slope. Rival groups vied to do the best work with much muttering from those at the bottom protesting they were making good the work of those at the top (of the hill). Jan popped in with welcome coffee as the weather had greyed up and it was quite chilly. In addition to these steps, the narrow and slippy path out of the quarry behind Quarry Farm was widened.
POURING with rain. email the team–call it off for today, book for next week. OK come over for a bacon butty. Three turned up, weather brightened up. Meet in Quarry Lane for a wheelbarrow walk up the hill to the ridge to drop off steps and stakes for next week. Not often in this area, like it. Ah ha Jonny Corbett and big son Andy. You missed out on the bacon butty JC. Crikey did we never hear the end of that? Never mind buy him a drink at the Crown next Friday. Lovely views East to the Cotswolds over a sunny, misty, freshly wet, autumn countryside. What a pleasure. Oh DO give over JC.
Top of the Field
Back Down–Lovely Autumn View to Cotswolds
Sunday April 17th 2016 bright and chilly, great day for bridge building and a bit of ribaldry or perhaps rivalry.
On John Yeomans field, opposite Barbers with its VTT (very tall tree), a washaway of a culverted bridge that used to deliver a very pleasant footpath (footpaths can be pleasant) into the meadows beyond and up to Highfields. Reported in 2007 after the GREAT FLOODS, the PONS, with their usual alacrity, rushed on to site in 2016 with lots of (competing) ideas, most of which were executed in the next couple of hours by rival groups. There were the bridge boys, who constructed, fitted and painted a magnificent wooden cantilever leaving footgangers with no place to go, as the field gate, the next obstacle, opened the wrong way, threatening wipe off into the chasm below. There was the damn and causeway group that spent much time regressing to their youth, moving rocks, breaking concrete and damning the stream so it went the ‘right way’, all with shouts of ‘isn’t this fun’ and ‘do you remember when we used to do this’?
Andy P came in for some special focus. Standing in the rushing water he just could not seem to understand JP’s instructions even with the gallery of onlookers interpreting for him. He was last seen rummaging about in the nail box for his tablets.
At the end of it all, and the gate opening swing reversed by spanner man Tom, there were TWO ways to cross-by bridge and by causeway. Pipes cleaned, the grateful water tinkled its way downstream to join its bigger brother (oh alright, sibling then) the Laugherne Brook, on its way creating quite a water feature over rocks in the bed, constructed exclusively for us by Simon ‘Charlie Dimmock’ Honeyborne.
Two other smaller tasks were undertaken. Ben and John C strode up field to replace a waymark post that has a history of being knocked down by the local livestock that uses it as a rubbing post. The animals won’t have much trouble to repeat their vandalism this time, because a few days later we took a secret film of a very wobbly post, easy to lift out of the hole. As I am rushing off on hols I haven’t time to uplift the film but it is here in case of need. The other errand was to clean up and replace steps where the footpath leaves the B4204. No problem, done and dusted but there was an add on to this–the signpost cannot be seen across the field, so an unnamed person who is about to go on leave, nailed a long wooden pole so that it stuck up to provide a sightline. It looks ridiculous when you drive past and may cause accidents. It doesn’t help as a sight line either, much too short. Ah well.