Shortly afterwards all the tiles were on, with the exception of the ridge tiles.
One of them has been placed on the end to see how they go.
Pete then placed the ridge tiles, thus completing the tiling on the roof, and making the little hut, an original to the site, watertight again.
Down on the ground, next to the big iron plate on which the goods vehicles would stand to be weighed, a small amount of black mortar was being mixed for the ridge tile job.
Inside the hut a second group was painting the underside of the roof.
It's actually a second undercoat that is going on here.We need to protect the wood for as long a life as possible.
Down by the cattle dock, which will be the nerve centre for the imminent Santa activities, the fencing in the vicinity of the new Elf Centre has been completed.
Now to lay them, between the building and the Santa coach.
Back in chateau Building and Services, Barry was adjusting a set of timber gates so that they will fit their new location by the Elf Centre.
These were sponsored by a member for Broadway, but had to be taken out when the original GWR gate posts at Broadway were dug up from the drive.
This is new location for the gates then - the steps next to the new building.
In other news, Bruce replaced two windows in the Winchcombe station building (itself recovered from Monmouth Troy) which had become damaged.
A bit of Winchcombe history:
A new historical photograph of our station at Winchcombe has emerged, in which you may well be interested. It is in fact quite rare to get a photograph without any trains on it, and in this one we see the forecourt side. It allows us to see the layout of the yard as it was, because today it looks rather different.
Note how the station forecourt is cordoned off by fencing, to meet one of the gate posts giving access to the goods yard. By the other gate post (both still exist) you can see the weighbridge house now being restored, and something is parked on the weighbridge itself, just in front. Is that a small steam roller?
No motor vehicles are in sight, but at least one horse drawn cart, again pointing to an early date, together with the clothes of the civilians in the picture. We'd say just before the start of WW1.
On the far left is the original footbridge, now removed and replaced by a modern one. It was of the same design as the one at Broadway, and had the same canopy overhang meeting the steps. The building itself has 3 chimneys, representing five fireplaces.
The three men on the right are standing on a part of the drive that was sold off for housing, making for today's rather awkward approach. It used to be much wider, and straight.
We would like to thank Bryan Nicholls for the use of the photograph, from his collection