Call out for car boot items!!
Hi everyone, a few meetings ago it was discussed that we could hold or attend a car boot to help raise funds for the group, so we need donations. Steve has generously agreed to pick up them up and you can contact hm on 07775598600 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Scaffold being erected for repairs to abutment brickworks, digging out of pier 4 and visits from the Chief Executive of Heritage Lottery Fund, Ros Kerslake, Erewash Museum and Streetside who put up a banner made by the young people showcasing the viaduct.
Workday 1. Saturday, June 3rd working underneath the viaduct. The barrier on Newtons Lane will be open. Start at 10:00 – finish at 3:00pm. Come for as long or as short as you can manage. There will be a range of tasks which include:
Some vegetation removal near the brick abutment.
Digging out Pier base 4.
Digging out a pathway under the viaduct.
Pond digging – weather permitting)
Tree stump removal.
Tools provided but bring your spade if you have one.
Workday 2. Wednesday June 14th 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. A midweek workday will take place to coincide with the visit of the Chief Executive of Heritage Lottery, Ros Kerslake. Ros is interested in meeting volunteers and seeing the work that the volunteers have done to date. She will be at the viaduct at some time between 11:30am and 12:30 pm. I realise that many of you will working but the visit will enable us to demonstrate the fantastic amount of work that has been achieved over the last two years. It would be really helpful if you could e mail me email@example.com and let me know whether you can attend the Wednesday event as I need to plan the session and know how many will be attending. Tools provided but bring a spade if you have one.
Enjoy a day working, talking and enjoying the fresh air knowing you are making a real difference.
This is a free guided walk by Jim Steele celebrating the beauty of the creatures that live near the viaduct. meet in Newtons Lane Car Park, off Shilo Way at 10:00am on Sunday April 23rd.
The Raleigh company has been around for a long time, but not quite as long as the Bennerley Viaduct! The cycle maker started its life on Raleigh Street in 1885, once had a works in Ilkeston and now has its main showroom and distribution centre in Eastwood just a short bike ride away from the viaduct. What could be more natural than for the cycle giant and the “Iron Giant” to join forces?
You have the unique opportunity to discover the wonders of Bennerley Viaduct on a Raleigh electric bike on a weekend event on the 6th and 7th of May.
Starting at Raleigh UK in Eastwood, you will get the opportunity to hear about the history of Bennerley Viaduct and its future plans whilst enjoying light refreshments. You can also browse all the latest Raleigh electric bikes in their new showroom before being kitted out with a Raleigh electric bike.
Once kitted our, you will ride in a group on the Erewash Valley Trail to Bennerley Viaduct where you will hear about Sustrans exciting plans to bring the viaduct back into use as a centrepiece of the areas walking and cycling trails.
There will be two rides on both Saturday and Sunday taking place at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm on both days. The event is likely to be heavily oversubscribed so places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. In order to book a place, please BOOK HERE
Bennerley Viaduct Workday. Saturday April 1st 10:00 am start
The tasks will start at ten and finish about 3:00pm. Come for as long or as short as you want. As well as protecting the structure, we are all enhancing the environment under the viaduct and your time given is an invaluable contribution to moving the project forwards. Tasks we will undertake on Saturday will include: LIGHTER WORK
1.Litter: there is not that much to do here after last months marathon clear up but there is some to be cleared and some old plastic gutters need to be moved.
2. Clearance of thorny scrub vegetation, Brambles and unwanted tree removal. (This work is limited due to it being nesting season but there are a few areas which need clearing.
3. Brewing tea and coffee using the Kelly Kettle.
HEAVIER WORK FOR THE MORE ENERGETIC
4. Removal of earth and soil from some cast iron pier bases along with creating a walkway around some pier bases to allow wheelbarrow access (and eventually disabled access) (Bring spades)
5. Some tree stump removal using a mattock.
Tools, Hi Viz vests, litter pickers tools will be provided but if you want to dig, bring a spade if you can.
Bring sensible clothing for the conditions. If you are staying for the day, bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided throughout the day using the woodburning miniature Kelly Stove.
Showery weather is predicted and conditions are wet under the viaduct
NB. The bridge on Awsworth Road is still closed so to access the track leading to the viaduct, you will have to come from Shilo Way. Ignore the sign saying road closed. Go down Newtons Lane and just before you come to the new bridge, turn right on the track going up to the viaduct. The barrier will be open allowing vehicle access to the viaduct.
To help plan the session, please e mail me to let me know whether you can attend. firstname.lastname@example.org