This issue's cover shows the initial designs for four brass plaques which we intend to have available for sale when the Link is officially opened next year.
To commemorate the official opening we also intend to have a limited edition of another, rectangular, brass plaque which will only be available to boaters who attend the Grand Opening Cruise.
Cooking on the Cut
Now that we have seen a start to digging the Link I feel that I really am editing a news magazine. Fully equipped with wellies, high-visibility jacket and hard-hat I have been taking photographs of the start and subsequent rapid progress of work on the Link for the Web site and for this magazine. Twelve of the most recent photographs which were taken on 16th June are elsewhere in the magazine.
Here is an abridged version, minus the photographs, of updates I have made recently to the web site.
Tue 10th April 2001: The main construction work starts on the Link a week today, 17th April, initially at lock 4 and working eastwards towards the three rise locks at the Lancaster Canal end.
It is hoped that agreement will soon be reached with MAFF and the farmers to enable work to proceed on the lower part of the line towards the Ribble. The progress of the project should therefore not be affected.
The Ribble Cruise, in association with AWCC, will be held over the weekend Friday 20th22nd July at Preston Marina. Although thirty boats are already booked in application forms are available from boat clubs (photocopies are acceptable) or from Terry Tomlinson on 0161 998 2170. The fee is £10 which includes mooring for three days.
Sun 6th May 2001: Work did not start as expected on the 17th April. I have just been advised that Gleesonhave at long last received their contract. Work will start almost immediately.
The following item is not really anything directly connected to the Link but on Friday 4th May, while in the centre of Slaithwaite, I came across Dave Dawson and Bosworth heading towards Huddersfield.
In common with others his boat had sustained some damage on the passage through Standedge tunnel. Paint had been scraped off in places and its navigation lights had been knocked off. (Many of the photographs, on the web site, of the 1999 Ribble Link Cruise were taken from Bosworth.)
Thu 10th May 2001: The contractor has started work at the site of lock 4, just east of Lea Road, preparing the haul roads which will enable the heavy machinery to move up and down the site. More plant will be moved on site over the next few days.
Wed 29th May 2001: Excavation work has now started in earnest on both sides of Savick Way as the piling contractor moves onto the site of lock 4.
Mon 11th June 2001: Piling at lock 4 is complete and the piling contractor has moved the machinery to the site of lock 5.
The contractor has started work at the site of the three rise locks (6, 7 and 8) to the east of Tom Benson Way. The haul roads which will enable the heavy machinery to move up and down the site are being laid, Some initial excavation work at the sites of the turning basin at the bottom of the lock flight and at the mooring basin at the top has been done.
Test boring at the site of lock 1, which has been delayed, should go ahead soon as should the erection of site fencing through the farm land between the golf course bridge and lock 1 enabling work to start in that area.
Sat 16th June 2001: The piles at lock 4 are now being securely linked together and ties to the anchor piles put in place. Piling is well advanced on lock 5. Channel works are on going between Leyland Bridge (Lea Road) and the Railway Bridge.
Agreement has been reached with MAFF officials regarding a neutral zone in the farmland West of Lea road leading down to the Ribble and fencing work is now set to continue before the excavating machinery can move in.
Work on the scheme is moving at such a pace that even the British Waterways environmental team can keep up.
Piling is complete on locks 4 & 5 and has now commenced on the 3 rise locks adjacent to Tom Benson Way. Channel works are ongoing between Lea Road Bridge and the Railway Bridge.
Agreement has been reached with MAFF officials regarding a neutral zone in the farmland West of Lea Road leading down to the Ribble and fencing work is now set to continue before the excavating machinery can move in.
John Clegg has once again been very busy taking photographs of all the work as it proceeds, many of which are featured in this monthissue. Regular updates can be found on our web page. The address once again is http://www.clegg.fsnet.co.uk/rlthome.html
The British Waterways manager for the Lancaster Canal, Debbie Lumb, has advised that additional visitor moorings and upgraded sanitary facilities are being introduced on the canal due the forthcoming opening of the Link.
New moorings are at Tewitfield, Carnforth, Lancaster, Garstang and Preston and new sanitary stations are being provided at Carnforth and Galgate with upgrades to the Cadley station at Preston. The temporary sanitary facilities which exist at Galgate, at present, will be relocated to Glasson Dock. An electronic fob in place of the old British Waterways key will operate the new stations. These will be available shortly from the British Waterways offices at Galgate.
Debbie has also tendered to British Waterways headquarters at Watford for a dredger to remove the silt which has built up over the years. All this extra work is a direct result of the construction of the Ribble Link!
Terry Tomlinson has been very busy organising an AWCC rally which is taking place on the 21st July at Preston dock and Frank & Irene Parker are already hard at work starting to organise our Grand Opening Cruise which has been pencilled-in for early summer 2002. More details will be in the next edition of Ripples.
Once again thanks to all those who give their time to running all the different aspects of the Ribble Link.
A tasty, authentic lasagne.
It has the true taste of Italy but is surprisingly easy to make - serves 4
Preparation time: 35 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 lb minced beef
1 400g tin chopped tomatoes with herbs
4 tablespoons tomato purée
½oz plain flour
½ pint milk
4½oz lasagne sheets
4oz grated Parmesan cheese
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Heat the oil in a pan and add the onion and garlic. Cook until soft then stir in the minced beef and continue cooking until browned.
Add the tomatoes, tomato purée and two tablespoons of water. Season with salt and pepper and simmer for about 15-minutes until cooked through.
Meanwhile, melt the butter in another pan. stir in the flour and cook for about one minute, stirring constantly. Gradually whisk in the milk and cook, stirring, until the sauce thickens. Season to taste.
Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 5. Place a layer of lasagne sheets in the bottom of a buttered, oven-proof dish. Cover with a layer of the meat, then a few spoonfuls of sauce and a sprinkling of Parmesan. Repeat these layers, finishing with a layer of lasagne topped with sauce and grated Parmesan.
Cook in the oven for 20 minutes until brown and bubbling on top. Serve with fresh crusty bread and a crisp green salad.