9th - 10th June 2012
A day out on the
For various reasons there were no sites available to host us for a
whole weekend at the beginning of June, so instead Mick, Gary, Roy
and I headed to Isfield lock on the Sussex Ouse for a day to assist
the locals with a big concrete pour to stabilise the tail of the
lock and enable the next phase of the restoration.
We last visited Isfield about 5 years ago, when we helped with the
initial clearance of the tail of the lock, including removing the
remains of the bottom gates.
Removing the bottom gates in 2007 (David Miller)
Since then the local group have
made good progress rebuilding the lock walls, hampered only slightly
by the regular flooding of the whole lock site by the neighbouring
The tail of the lock crosses the old course of the river, and this
change in ground conditions has meant there has been significant
movement of the structure over the years. Roy had designed the
reinforced concrete pad for the local group, and the job for the day
was to mix, pour and vibrate a new slab to provide a firm foundation
for the tail of the lock.
As it turned out the local group had a good turnout, so there were
enough people to rotate the work force, and as the day progressed
the hole filled with concrete and the pile of ballast and cement
bags went down without anyone collapsing from exhaustion.
Lock view (Stephen Davis)
Finally by about 4 o'clock all
that remained was to tamp down and skim off the surface to leave a
job well done.
Finishing off (Stephen Davis)
Our help was greatly appreciated
by the local group, and gave them the confidence to go ahead with
attempting such a large pour in one go.