Cheshire Locks Project News
For background information see the Cheshire Locks Project website (opens in a  new window)
Our Treasurer and Secretary at work (Photo:Alison Smedley) 
For news of future Cheshire Locks working parties and events see our Diary.
These work parties currently take place on the third Thursday of each month except December. Each session starts at 10 am and finishes by 3pm (usually 2:30pm in Winter). You can turn up just for the morning, or for the afternoon, or come for the whole day and bring a packed lunch. All tools will be provided – you just need to wear stout shoes and bring waterproofs in case of rain. Contact the working party organiserJohn Brighouse (or Phone 0780-887-8317) for more details.
Currently John Brighouse is away, so contact John Lawson (or Phone 07940 878923) instead 

NOTE that only the current year's working parties are now shown on this page, as it was getting too big.
Click on the link below to see the previous year (and so on back to the start of the project in August 2012). 
2018 Working Parties (most recent first)
(Note that clicking on a small picture will show that picture larger, but NOT at better quality)

Thursday 18th October 2018 - We moved on to start work on Pierpoint Locks, beginning with Lock 56. After a foggy damp start to the day, the sun came out and quickly dried off the metalwork. We managed to rub-down and paint most of the white metalwork, plus both top paddles. The long wooden fence protecting the overflow weir was rubbed down and painting started (black posts from one end, white rails form the other). 

Thursday 20th September 2018 - The work-party at Hassall Green Locks was postponed for 2 weeks because of forecast bad weather. Luckily the weather was better on the rearranged date of Thursday 4th October 2018, when we finished all the painting.

Thursday 16th August 2018 - Work started on the woodwork of gates, with the top gate being painted black (but not white) and the bottom gates white (but not black). The continuation of the metal fence past the house was painted, as was the lock ladder hoops. Most of the metalwork on the top gates was completed (and some on the bottom gates).

Thursday 19th July 2018 - We started work on Hassall Green Lock 57 (the one right by the road bridge). The long wooden fence between the working lock and the buried old lock (now an overflow) was creosoted. The metal fence around the overflow was painted and the metalwork on the lock gates started.
(Photos: John Lawson)

Thursday 21st June 2018 - Hassall Green Locks 58 finally completed.

Thursday 17th May 2018 - We managed to "almost" complete locks 58 with a very small amount of woodwork (where the white and black touch) to complete next time. We also painted the previously un-painted fence around the by-wash (black posts and white rails).
(Photos: John Lawson)

Thursday 19th April 2018 - Finally we had some good weather. The woodwork on one of the paired locks 58 was painted as well as all 8 bollards/strapping posts. Most of the metalwork on both of the paired locks was also painted. 

Thursday 15th March 2018 - Despite yet more poor weather, we finally managed to make a start on Hassall Green Locks, painting some of the metalwork at Lock 58.

Thursday 15th February 2018 - The work-party at Hassall Green Locks had to be cancelled because of forecast bad weather.

Thursday 18th January 2018 - The work-party at Hassall Green Locks had to be cancelled because of forecast bad weather.