This weekend we were working on the St Johns Flight continuing the back pump scheme.

First job was to move the work boats so that the pound could be drained ...

... and excavation of the trench could be started.

Meanwhile Sally was painting our new tools ...

... and Nigel loaded stone into dumpers ...

... for the towpath team to lay ..

... and roller trainee Gilly to compact.

A view towards lock 9 from lock 8

The trench supports are inserted.

Lunch was had around Moose and Marias bonfire.

We condescended to let Sally out of the pump station inlet ...

... but left Richard to his own devices.

The first section of pipe is lifted ...

... into the trench.

Saturday night saw Andi take most of us in the minibus to the WRG fundraising barn dance,

... where we didn't quite disgrace ourselves with our dancing.

The following morning saw the pipe installation approach lock 8 ...

... so we had to create a footpath diversion around the lock ...

... which involved a big bonfire ...

... which the Fire Brigade advised us to abandon after they came to put out a a tree that was burning twenty feet up!!

We installed four lengths of backpump pipe over the weekend ...

... which was obviously too much for Bob!

We also cleared much scrub, including a section of canal by Ash Embankment and completed concrete repair and waterproofing works to the pump station inlet.

Organiser Andi made us work until dusk ...

... not that Sally and her team had seen much of the sky during their stint in the chamber!

Well done to all concerned, a thoroughly enjoyable dig.

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