23/10 We take delivery of our newest recruit - a model for the hut. See News page.
4/12 Our grant application is emailed to Cheshire East Council. All we can do now is hope we're successful. It's been a lot of work. We should hear in February.
17/11 We receive a cheque from Cheshire East Council for £2000 to cover the costs of our project.
12/6 - 16/6 Hut is renovated!. see News page.
21/10 The interpretation board is installed. See News page.
4/7 Crewe Men in Sheds deliver the picnic table to Venetian Marina where it will be used by cafe customers until it can be installed at the Picnic Site. See News page.
4/17 The students start making the window and door at college and visit CRT in Northwich to check on the materials on order for the rest of the project.
Men in Sheds collect the wood for the table from Cholmondeston hut.
31/1/2017 Cheshire East Council agree to give us £2000 towards the project with CRT funding the balance. Now the project managing begins!
21/10 We now know of the bricklayer who built the hut, the pit's engineer, and the pit's manager, all of whom still work for CRT. A very useful source of information.
14/11 More encouraging news! Crewe's 'Men in Sheds' project think they will be able to make the picnic table for us using reclaimed wood from Brickyard Bridge.
16/9 Disabled friendly matting is installed. See news page.
SYKES HOLLOW HUT
We have plans afoot for the brick built hut at Sykes Hollow picnic site. It was used as an office for the clay pit, is badly in need of repair and in the first instance needs to be made wind and water tight. We would like to put a couple of information boards on the outside with details of the history of the Middlewich Branch and Skyes Hollow itself. To this end we are looking in the archives held in Nantwich and Ellesmere Port Boat museums.
We would need to apply for a grant for the work, which would also provide an opportunity to include the installation of disabled access moorings, a disabled friendly picnic table and paths. There are none on the Middlewich Branch at present.
28/9/2016 We meet up with Reaseheath College's construction department programme leader to discuss the hut repairs. He thinks it could be a good project for his students and we feel we are at last making some progress on this project. We just need some costings now to apply for a grant,
6/10 The 3rd year construction students from Reaseheath College take a walk down the towpath to look at the hut. They will be using the repair project as part of their final assessment for an NVQ qualification. They are all apprentices working for employers but attend Reaseheath one day a week. They will be organising and carrying out the work between them, SUMBA acting as clients. The construction work will take place over a week in June, the materials and students being transported by one of our work boats. As soon as they give us a costing we can start the application for a grant. As well as the roof repair they will be constructing a new door and frame and a new window.
It's excellent news!