13/6SYKES HOLLOW PROJECT - DAY 2

​Further progress today on the project - door frame​constructed,  one side of roof battened and tiled, facia and barge boards fixed, and soakaway dug.

15/16/6  - SYKES HOLLOW PROJECT = DAYS 4 AND5

​Working towards completion, the window frame is inserted and painted and the double glazed toughened glass put in. The fabulous door is fitted with a lock and handle and hung. The site is tidied and the students take their last trip in the boat, happy with their work = and so are we! What a difference it has made. The students have put in over 250 hours work.



14/6SYKESHOLLOW PROJECT = DAY 3

​​Exciting news! - After 2 years of planning and meetings, drainage was installed today at Sykes Hollow 48hr moorings between bridges 5a & 6. Hopefully this will help to alleviate some of the boggy ground in winter.


In glorious weather our students continue their work, finishing the tiling of the roof, painting exposed timber and preparing the guttering.

20/5 WORK PARTY 126 Starting out in bright sunshine, 14 volunteers split into 2 work parties, working at Wardle Lock, Middlewich and at the Church Minshull viewpoint. 2 hours later we are overtaken by rain and have to give up. We have managed to paint barbecues, totems, and a stile at the viewpoint and paint the footbridge, ground paddles, fence and mooring posts at Wardle. Plus we managed a litter pick between bridges 1o and 13.

4/7  Crewe Men In Sheds deliver the picnic table to Cholmondeston Wharf. It will be staying outside the café until September when it will be transported by boat down to Skyes Hollow during our next work party.

18/7GREEN FLAG AWARD 


It's announced today the Middlewich Branch plus the Shropshire Union Main Line from Barbridge to Audlem (22miles) has been awarded Green Flag status along with the River Lee Navigation in London (4 miles), Chesterfield Canal in East Midlands (14 miles of the SSSI section, Stockwith to Retford), Peak Forest Canal in the Peak District (12 miles) and the Macclesfield Canal in Cheshire (26 miles) - all judged to be ‘quality green spaces’.


We are delighted about this as we worked hard on our section to bring it up to Green Flag standard.

12/6  .SYKES HOLLOW PROJECT - DAY 1 

Seven 3rd year construction students and their tutor from Reaseheath College travel in workboat Malvern to the site from Cholmondeston lock, the boat crammed  with materials for the renovation of the dilapidated hut. The roof is stripped of rotten timbers and tiles, and new wall plates put in place ready for new roof timbers and tiles tomorrow. The door and window are also removed.

28/6​News today from Crewe Men in Sheds that the disabled friendly picnic table they have been making for us for Sykes Hollow  is ready. The wood from the repairs to Brickyard Bridge has been planed to remove the paint and used for the top of the table and the seats. IWA Shrewsbury and North Wales have made a donation to Men in Sheds on our behalf. We're delighted with the table and as well as being an eco friendly project is an act of cooperation between  2 voluntary groups.

16/17/18/19th JUNE - ​HELPING OUT AT  MIDDLEWICH FOLK AND BOAT FESTIVAL


19 SUMBA volunteers put in over 350 hours of work in baking hot weather to help out at Middlewich FAB. This involved helping boats through the locks,  running and manning the trip boat and coming to the rescue of an unfortunate boater who fell in the canal!