We are again planning to carry out some regular maintenance in and around East and West Hanney this year.
We plan to work from 09:00 until noon, and as usual, the location will depend upon what needs to be done. Please add these dates to your diaries. It would be great if everyone could do at least one session during the year as it then spreads the load out.
*** Venue and work details will be advised each month by email to subscribers of our E-newsletter ***
REMAINING DATES FOR 2020:
18th Jan, 15th Feb.
We are looking for volunteers to organise each weekend, so please contact us via the contact form.
> Saturday 18th of January 2020
Meet at the Hanney Hut at 09.00.
Maintenance-we need a few skilled people to undertake a limited amount of maintenance on the tools and equipment we use. Since having the Hut, the tools have been cleaned and wiped down with oil each month which means we do not have a great deal to do. However, we do need to check over the lifejackets and repair the one that was accidentally discharged in October. We also need to sharpen the tools with cutting blades-loppers, bill hooks, etc. Ian and Dickon will lead a tool sharpening workshop and hopefully Stewart can show us how to check the lifejackets over so more of us can learn what to do. It will also be a good time to give the Hut a spring clean as there are plenty of cobwebs and debris from the working parties and playing fields. We also need to check the inventory and make sure that it is correct and up to date.
If the weather permits, we have offered to clean out the gullies that the HWMH flood defences sit in when deployed. Last time we did this they were full of leaves, litter and cigarette ends. A few extra dust pans and brushes will make this easier. Another useful job will be to clear the stream behind Mill Orchard of the false watercress that has built up there again. January is a good month to do this as it is just before the water vole nesting season starts and we should avoid disturbing them whenever we can. Just waiting for clearance to do that from the landowner.