Cheshire Locks News – 2021

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2021 Working Parties
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(All photos © John & Sandra Lawson, unless otherwise shown)

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Thursday 21st January – Cancelled by CRT because of the Covid-19 Lockdown.

Thursday 18th February – Cancelled by CRT because of the Covid-19 Lockdown.

Thursday 18th March – Cancelled by CRT because of the Covid-19 Lockdown.

Thursday 15th April – Finally we were able to resume working parties. We started work on the Red Bull flight at lock 44. The sun shone and we all enjoyed the day. All 6 gates had the white paintwork renewed and 5 of them were also painted black. The top paddle gear was also cleaned and painted, as well as all 3 lock ladders.

Bottom Gate before Work in Progress All 4 done

Sadly, we heard from John Lawson that we had lost one of our most stalwart Cheshire Locks Work Party volunteers: Paul Taylor of Mow Cop. He passed away in hospital on 31st January from Covid Pneumonia at the age of 66, having previously been diagnosed with a brain tumour. Paul was an enthusiastic member of our group and as a much valued colleague and friend will be greatly missed.

Thursday 20th May – Wet weather in the morning meant that we concentrated on metalwork as the wood was far too wet to paint. After much hard work (and some new carbide scrapers) we were able to paint over half of the bridge railings as well as the top gate handrails.

Painting Bridge Railings Painting Top Gate

Thursday 17th June – The weather stayed (almost) dry, so the 7 of us made good progress on Lock 44, and started work on Lock 45.

Bridge Railings almost done Bridge Railings done

Thursday 15th July – The weather was glorious, so we made good progress on Lock 44 (which is now nearly finished). All the white wood on Lock 45 is now painted, but progress was slowed by the need to remove all traces of the old paint as the wrong paint had been used previously, so it was hanging off in sheets.

Lock 44 Bottom Gates painted Lock 44 Bridge & Bottom Gates
Lock 45 Ladder painted Lock 45 White Wood painted

Thursday 19th August – Rain interrupted our efforts this month although we were able to complete most of the remaining jobs on Lock 44 under the shelter of the tree canopy. 

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