Thursday, 1 November 2018

What gets bigger the more you take away?

A hole, of course!

And this is what 6 of the team dug at CRC. It's a big hole too.

There were 9 C&M members at work in all, with 3 of them back at the base at Winchcombe on supplementary duties such as painting the fence panels and further work on the refurbishment of the Winchcombe running in board.

AT CRC Pete, John, two Jims M and H met Rod and Terry.
The aim was to complete the digging of two post holes for the two cast iron gate posts removed from the Broadway drive.
The holes needed to be 3ft by 3ft by 3ft and they created a large amount of spoil. This had to be barrowed across the crossing to be tipped at the back of P2 near the bonfire pile.  A trip of 150 yards!

Progress on hole No.1, with a growing pile on the left waiting to be barrowed some distance away.

Rod and Terry get stuck in, with SDS drill and petrol driven auger in support.

Hole No.1 completed at last. It took two days to dig this hole alone, with a volume of 9cu ft extracted by fair means or foul..

The other 4 gang members at CRC attacked the old wire fence in the prickly Hawthorn with gusto. Two wooden posts, deeply embedded in lots of sturdy Hawthorn were also removed, with great difficulty.
This picture of P2 shows the arisings pile, which was also located 150 yards from where it was cut. Of course.
To give you an idea of the fence removal job, here are two gang members deeply embedded in the hedge trying to get to the root of the tree, and liberate the foot of the old fence posts for digging out.

You photographer stands at a safe distance from the prickles...
Here's the whole team of six (5) at CRC on the same side of the camera, staring at the one volunteer doing any work. Volunteer Jim H is behind the camera again. Here they have made a good start on big hole No.2.

In this final shot of the day hole No.2 is well on its way. It should be finished off next week, and with a bit of luck, see some fresh concrete in the bottom with the fixing bolts for a cast iron post.


  1. I am pleased to say the second hole was finished off on Wednesday, so ready for concrete. Terry

  2. 3 x 3 x 3 = 27 cubic feet
    Certainly a lot of digging to keep you warm, well done.

  3. All i can say is very well done. A lot of graft involved,