Kent and East Sussex Canal Restoration Group
Dig Report 1st/2nd May 2014
Words and photos Mick Lilliman
We assembled in the Sun Inn in
Plaistow (not the London one, the one near Dunsfold) and quaffed
some enjoyable local beer - the pub was full of locals who were
interested in what we were doing and the homemade food was good and
at a reasonable price. At closing time we left, checking to make
sure the pub would be open on Saturday evening. More about this
later. The accommodation was Winterton Hall in Plaistow village, one
of the better halls. It had showers and plenty of room for the
intrepid 10, together with very clean toilets.
Work then progressed until
lunchtime when another lemon drizzle cake appeared, courtesy of our
cook Anne. Which was the best cake? Well neither had soggy bottoms
and the bake was just right for both of them. In the interests of a
continuing marriage and not upsetting the local chairman it was
declared a draw.
After a good day’s work we went back to Winterton Hall where hot showers and an excellent chilli cooked by Anne awaited us. So then, having checked the night before (see above), a few of our intrepid party walked to the pub… which turned out to be very firmly closed. So we returned to the hall and had a few bottles of beer and had an early-ish night.
We then finished off the work on Sunday, which involved lugging quite a number of the scaff-poles (including all the longest and therefore heaviest ones, for some reason) that were on ‘the list’ but weren’t required for ‘the design’ back to the Depot. I am sure the local residents think there is a pole dancing club at Tickners heath. We were fortuitously off site by mid-afternoon just before the rain came back down again.
So learning points from this weekend:
Wey and Arun is a lovely canal in a very nice area. We’ll be back.
Winterton Hall in Plaistow is good for a weekend. You need a supply of 50p coins for the meter.
Plaistow village shop opens long hours and is good for anything you forgot to buy.
Bring your own beer because the Sun Inn pub doesn’t appear to open on Saturday, despite saying they would. London WRG had the same experience.