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Monday, 10 April 2017

Book Launch

The latest news is the announcement of this book launch and signing that will take place at the signal box in May.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Recent works

Wednesday is workday at the signal box and this week was a hive of activity.

First of all Colin was finishing the work he started clearing the canal bank giving passers by a better view of the signal box. Its taken him three or four weeks to complete this work so its not been an easy task. Well don Colin, on with your next job...

Dave has started to repaint the back door to the pavilion as its paint was all cracked and flaking. The sanding down and priming stages have been started so hopefully this will keep moving at a speedy rate.

Keith is working on the level crossing gates and posts. He has already completed one pair of the gates/posts and is cracking on with the second pair.

Future development plans for the area behind the pavilion are starting to move forwards, so we realised we'd need to relocate the picnic bench that was living there. We decided a sensible location was by the bufferstops cafe to provide additional outdoor seating. So Jamie made a start making a pathway to the new location.

Adrian has recently been working in restoring the signal arms around the site and once he'd done all the painting he could for the day, he joined Jamie in laying the slabs for the bench. At the end of the day the task was nearly complete, there's just one more row of slabs to go in to allow a bit more space for the users.

The observant among you may have noticed that we've removed a fair bit of turf from the garden area. To make use of this, we have located some of it behind the pavilion where there will eventually be a members mess hut. This will provide the setting for a small garden to make the place a bit nicer for our volunteers. The slabs you can see will be the foundations for the mess hut and no, there will not be a swimming pool in the middle. We just need to finish the paving.

Alan has also been helping out around the site mostly with the gardens. His latest addition was the donation of this plant which has been planted around the back of the large sheds. He has also spent time to nicely frame this with some of the leftover paving stones.

 Also in this picture you can see our 'new' (second hand) compost bins. Slightly more attractive than the compost heap and so it tidy's up this part of the site.

We'll next be open Saturday the 15th so you can come from 12:00-16:00 to see all theses changes for yourself!

If you feel like getting involved then contact us for more information. There's always something that needs doing at the signal box.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017


On the 15th March we took delivery of the new tables and chairs for the cafe.

They look very smart and give a much more professional look to the cafe.

When we have the volunteer's "mess hut" I should be able to really sort out the cafe and make it so much more inviting.  Anyone who has visited will know that it's only a very small area, but with proper organisation it's surprising what you can do.

On your next visit please call in.  We have a great range of hot and cold drinks, light snacks and home made cakes, all at fantastic value for money.