by: Dave C.
It was a slow start in Harper's Field as the team were asked to help with re-fuelling boats before we could get to doing some real work. Finally with mini-digger in tow, and a small but perfectly formed group of workers, we set about putting in the bottom trench. This trench is needed to run the water and electricity for the planned permanent moorings. Starting off at the landing stage we quickly found evidence of the old boat yard, with lengths of corrugated iron and bits of metal; evidence of a time gone by. With Jason on the digger and Kay in the trench connecting pipes and making sure the warning tape was correctly placed, steady progress was made.
In addition Steve P finished preparing the Groundhog Welfare Unit for transit to Dudbridge, and preparing the bent weedy frame for lift onto the trailer. As time was moving on, the digger was brought back to the top of the field to try and load the weedy frame. Thankfully Bob and Maurice arrived to lend a hand, and with some considerable effort, the frame was inched up and the trailer driven under it. After a few goes we had the frame in place and secure, Bob drove in back to the depot and as it was getting dark we called it a day.