Ribble Ripples
Volume 4 No.10 .................................. December 1997
[Photograph of the building work]
WRG volunteers erecting the accommodation building

Editor:
John Clegg, 25 The Farthings, Astley Village, CHORLEY PR7 1TP
Tel: 01257 271198
e-mail: RLT@aaug.net

Contents

Chairman's Report

A Walk Around Euxton

WRG at Work


Chairman's Report

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.

Whilst writing this report I realised that I was coming to the end of my first year as Chairman and had to sit back to reflect how fast the year has gone.

Annual General Meeting

The 1997 AGM was held at the Novotel in Bamber Bridge and was well attended. Thanks to all of you who managed to attend and for those who could not make it here is a summary of the proceedings.

A number of guests attended this year including our President The Rt. Hon. Sir Robert Atkins who kindly took the chair. Others attending were Richard Spalding the Divisional Director of Babties (our consulting engineers), Paul Snape, project manager of the scheme also from Babties, Richard Eastwood, the Trust's solicitor, of Brabner Holden Banks Wilson who is also the Chairman of Preston & South Ribble Partnership, Richard Shepherd of Enterprise PLC. and Spence Collins from Navvies Anonymous a division of WRG.

The business of the night was soon completed and questions invited from the floor at the end of the proceedings. Paul Snape of Babties read out a report bringing everyone up to date on all the work which has been carried out on the scheme, concluding that he hoped that next year he would be reporting on the progress of the construction.

One final note, we still need to keep up our campaign for additional funds and anyone who wishes to make a donation please contact me on 01772-433273.

Other news

Porta cabins, to be used by WRG, as accommodation, whilst assisting with the building of the Link, have now been erected at the Preston Marina site. (see full report) Further work, both internally and externally, is required to finalise the project and we are looking to hold a weekend work party in the very near future. Any volunteers - we are particularly in need of joiners, painters and plumbers - please contact Frank Parker on 01772-717367 (who is now the Vice Chairman of the Trust)

One piece of excellent news to pass on to you is that we have received a cheque for £500,000 from Cleanaway via the land fill tax. This has boosted our matching funding somewhat and has been invested at a good rate of interest. We are now almost there with matching funding but we cannot stop now as we have to raise additional funding to secure the long term future of the 'Link'. Please help if you can!

The Babtie group is at present trying to finalise the details for the Millennium Commission and a presentation is being prepared. We are planning to meet with the Commission officers in London in mid December and I would like to thank Virgin trains for their generosity in sponsoring the train tickets.

Framed Photographs

Our service offering you the chance to have photographs of your boat, car or family to be enlarged to A4 or A3 size and framed is still available. If anyone wishes to take advantage of this offer please contact me on 01772-433273 as once again funds will be donated to the Trust.

That's it for this, the last report of 1997, by the next issue the main construction should be almost ready to go and there will be a full report in that issue. If you require any other information just give me a call or speak to any of the committee members.

Best regards and a Happy New Year.

Cliff Fazackerley

Chairman

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A Walk Around Euxton

If you feel like a three hour stroll around the more historical parts of Euxton, which is about two miles west of Chorley in Central Lancashire, why not try this walk? It starts, and finishes, at an Italian restaurant and passes a public house (twice!). By the time you read this the new railway station on Balshaw Lane should be open.

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WRG at Work

A group of volunteers from the Navvies Anonymous section of the IWA's Waterway Recovery Group (WRG), held a working weekend of the 25th/26th October 1997 to erect a purpose built headquarters and accommodation for themselves whilst involved with work on the Ribble Link.

The building, which originally housed offices, was donated by Urenco (part of British Nuclear Fuels Ltd) to the Trust to enable WRG and other volunteers to be accommodated whilst working on the Ribble Link Navigation. The premises consist of units which bolt together to form a building 11 metres x 8 metres, and when completed will house toilets, showers and a kitchen as well as sleeping accommodation.

The weekend was organised by Spence Collins of Navvies Anonymous along with Frank Parker of the Ribble Link Trust and consisted of two teams from WRG, one located on the site at Chester to assist and supervise the lifting of the units for transportation to Preston. The other team was located at the Preston Marina site to assist with the off loading and the preparation of the foundations.

Marsdens of Chorley, a crane hire specialist company, were employed to load the units at Chester, and Ken Abrams Ltd of Skelmersdale provided the vehicles to transport the units to Preston.

Chris Miller of Preston Marine Services kindly supplied a crane to off load the units at the Preston end and has also been very helpful in allowing the building to be erected on his site which is in close proximity to the Ribble Link Navigation.

The Trust wishes to thank all those involved for the help given to complete the project. Finally please could we have some volunteers to help finish off those bits and pieces, please contact Cliff Fazackerley on 01772-433273 or Frank Parker on 01772-717367.

For further information on Navvies Anonymous or WRG contact Mr Neil Edwards
114 Regents Park Road, LONDON, NW1-8UQ Tel: 0171-586-2510

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Last Revised: Tue 6th October 1998

Copyright © 1997, 1998 by John Clegg, Cliff Fazackerley and the Ribble Link Trust Ltd.


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