Volunteer Workday Saturday March 30th

Our next work party will take place on Saturday, March 30th 2019 between 10:00 am and 3:00pm. We will be working under the middle spans. These spans are heavily overgrown with hawthorn, bramble, and other scrub species. We need to prepare these spans so the new footpath under the viaduct can be extended on to the Nottingham Canal.

The scrub clearing tasks will include:

  • Lopping,
  • Hawthorn removal,
  • Scrub removal,
  • Tree pruning and cutting back.
  • The creation of some habitat piles.
  • Removing roots.
  • Cutting back bracken.

We will bring protective gloves but if you have your own, please bring them.

If you arrive during the morning or afternoon, we will be working under the middle spans so you will have to find us. Come for as long or as short as you can manage, it will be good to see you. The difference that the volunteers made in 2016 and 2017 was phenomenal and we express our thanks and appreciation to all those who helped make such a difference.

The barrier on Newtons Lane will be open from 9:30 onwards so you can bring your car up to the viaduct.  See Map   Come for an hour, a morning or the day. It will be brilliant to see you all again.

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Extraordinary General Meeting. Feb 25th 2019

An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of the Friends of Bennerley Viaduct, (FoBV) will take place on Monday, February 25th 2019 at The Gate Inn, Awsworth at 7:00 pm. The FoBV want to convert the group into a registered charity (Charitable Incorporated Organisation CIO) and will require the formal consent of the membership. Securing CIO status has many advantages both for the group and the project and these will be discussed at the meeting. In essence, we are updating and creating a robust, accountable, sustainable and democratic structure to take the project forwards. The membership will need to formally agree to the adoption of a new constitution which will meet the requirements of the Charity Commission.

Members of the FoBV will be eligible to vote on the motions and proposals which will be forwarded to the membership by the end of January 2019. However, whether you are a member or not, you will be welcome at the meeting.

Bennerley Viaduct Volunteer Workdays. Next Workday, Saturday January 26th

As promised, Friends of Bennerley Viaduct Volunteer Workdays are being resumed. Our next work party will take place on Saturday, January 26th 2019 between 10:00 am and 3:00pm. We will be working at the Awsworth end of the viaduct under spans 12 to 16. These spans are heavily overgrown with hawthorn, bramble, bracken and other scrub species. We need to prepare these spans so the new footpath under the viaduct can be extended on to the Nottingham Canal.

The scrub clearing tasks will include:

  • Lopping,
  • Hawthorn removal,
  • Scrub removal,
  • Tree pruning and cutting back.
  • The creation of some habitat piles.
  • Removing roots.
  • Cutting back bracken.

We will bring protective gloves but if you have your own, please bring them.

If you arrive during the morning or afternoon, we will be working under the far spans so you will have to find us. for as long or as short as you can manage, it will be good to see you. The difference that the volunteers made in 2016 and 2017 was phenomenal and we express our thanks and appreciation to all those who helped make such a difference.

The barrier on Newtons Lane will be open from 9:30 onwards so you can bring your car up to the viaduct.  See Map   Come for an hour, a morning or the day. It will be brilliant to see you all again.

The workday after that will take place on:  Saturday March 2nd

 

 

 

Update on Workdays.

The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct plan to reinstate Saturday work parties to enable the brilliant work which has been put in by friends and volunteers to continue. We hope this will be operational by the end of the year. In the meantime, Sustrans Greener Greenways team will be carrying out some workdays though these take place on weekdays. Details of the workdays are attached. If you want further details of the workdays, please contact the greener greenways team. Bennerley Schedule of works Summer Autumn 2018

Coach Parties of Visitors marvel at Viaduct.

Following a presentation at Nottingham University, the Association for Industrial Archaeology made a visit to Bennerley Viaduct as part of their National Conference. A coachload of delegates enjoyed a ploughmans lunch in the Bridge Inn followed by a tour around, under and on the viaduct. The association played a key role in saving the viaduct back in the 1980s when British Rail wanted to demolish the structure. The members were really appreciative of all the work which has been done by the Friends and Volunteers to bring the structure back into use.

In addition, a heritage holiday company also visited the viaduct on the same day. They were given a guided tour of the viaduct. It is satisfying to see the viaduct becoming a destination for those interested in our industrial heritage.DSC_0444

Next Meeting: October 15th 2018. The Gate Inn Awsworth.

The next open meeting will take place at the Gate Inn, Awsworth on Monday October 15th at 7:00pm. The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct are intent on taking forwards an ambitious project for the viaduct. The meeting will update everyone on progress with the Railway Paths plan to carry out critical repairs. The meeting will also need to determine  the breadth of the the project which we want to take forwards and the mechanisms  we will use to bring in the investment. The committee have been busy determining whether a Community Interest Company be formed or whether the Friends of Bennerley Viaduct become a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.  If you missed the previous meeting, unverified minutes of the meeting of August 13th are attached. FoBV Meeting Minutes 20 Aug 2018 amended (These minutes will be verified at the Oct 15th meeting) We look forwards to your contributions  at the next meeting. Members and Non members welcome.

Critical Repairs and Access given the go ahead by Viaduct’s owners.

Railway Paths Ltd, the sister charity to Sustrans are the owners of the viaduct. In July 2018, the board of RPL have agreed to fund the cost of critical repairs to the structure and create access on to the deck of the viaduct. RPL are in the process of raising the necessary funds to enable the repairs to take place and for a deck to be installed. Access to the deck will be via a ramp on the Erewash Canal end and via steps at the Awsworth end. The work should be put out to contract in Spring 2019. The work will cost somewhere in the region of £0.5m. The Friends of Bennerley Viaduct welcome this development. The image above shows repairs being made to  pier base three using traditional lime mortar.