Saturday 6 December 2014

Saturday 6th December 2014

An icy cold day limited the number of jobs that could be done today, so most of the  12 volunteers gravitated towards the ongoing removal of the vegetation on the eastern bank of the cutting beyond platform 1.

I think 4 fires were going at one point which  allowed hands to be warmed from time to time! It is hard work on the slopes and I applaud those who stuck to the task all day.
In the background  are the footbridge towers, awaiting dis-assembly.

Here is the interim stage of the slip repair. It has made quite a "dent" in the bank, but when its finished you will not know it was there.

Robin, our Senior Statesman, continued to clean the Paddington Bricks. The tough mortar slowed him down a little, but  he was well pleased with the number cleaned by the end of the day.

Finally Jo caught me in a contemplative mood planning the next actions on the cutting.  The wintry
sunshine is just disappearing over the pines.

 I have a sad piece of news to report. Our very good friend and supporter Doreen, who has worked  tirelessly alongside Marguerite and Julie on the Shed, passed away suddenly on Thursday. It makes it all the more poignant  when we had been laughing and joking the previous day. The Broadway Area Group's sincere condolences go out to her family. She was a lovely lady and we will miss her.


Ken. said...

Sad news regarding Doreen. I only knew her in passing but am aware that she was a valuable member of 'the team'.

My condolences.

Toddington Ted said...

Please accept my condolences also and thank you for all your ongoing efforts at Broadway. You do the GWSR proud.

Steve said...

So sorry to hear, she was a nice lady, who was so looking forward to the return of trains to Broadway station again. I hope she will be looking down when the time comes.
Maybe an item in the new station could have the inscription, 'in memory of'

Charles said...

What a shock for you all. I am sorry. hope you are finding comfort over this. Charles

HowardGWR said...

Our condolences. She, together with Julie, was most friendly to us when we came up to Broadway recently.