It was one of those few weeks when volunteers in attendance was well down - 5 stalwarts holding the fort today. However Marcus Taylor donated another day of his bricklaying skills and with Steve and Ron acting as labourers in the morning and Dave and I as apprentice labourers in the afternoon, another good section of Platform 1A was built. Cheers Marcus - we will try and do better next time!
In the morning Dave and myself did a bit of planning on the proposed car park area, with an emphasis on mature tree preservation, landscaping and drainage. Consultations with Wychavon Council Planners are under way and we needed to get our thoughts in order to ensure a mutually acceptable outcome. Bernard Dudfield, the GWSR Estates Director came along in the afternoon to gives us his advice and guidance, and I have to say that our thoughts are all pretty much in accord.
Marguerite was hor de combat this week but John and Marguerite's chum did a brisk trade and we even managed bacon butties. We have stolen a march on the Wednesday Gang here, so lets hope some of them will do some Saturday moonlighting!
We had many visitors today and they are always welcome - we can never have too many, so please come and see us! Top of my list today was Greg Wigg from the the GWR Archive Trust who manages to sniff out all sorts of GWR treasures and steers them our way. On his list for transfer is another lamp hut from Wolverhampton, some curved spear fencing and Toddington type square guttering and drain pipe. I know there will be a groan from the lads that I can't curb my Steptoe instincts, but I am unashamed!
That's it! - where are the photos you ask? - well even my camera had a fit of the sulks yesterday - it was just one of those days!