Around the lock chamber at Dauntsey we have now made things a lot tidier. The grassed area between the lock and the low wall is being mown regularly and a start has been made on removing the solitary evergreen tree. We have been gathering the necessary materials to form a brindle-block paved area behind the lock chamber wall, with a row of paving slabs laid vertically to support the edge of the driveway to Wharf House. We are grateful to Trevor and Linda who live in Wharf House for being so accommodating to us, and for suggesting a reliable supplier for the sharp sand and ballast that were delivered to site last week. There’s a shortage of some building materials at present – both sharp sand and ballast were not in stock, and no firm delivery dates for material coming into stock when we tried to order from our more usual supplier. Following on from the request in The Oriel number two for more people to offer to become more involved, there was one volunteer – willing to be co-opted as a Trustee. The decision was duly taken, and the records on the Charity Commission website were updated very soon afterwards. There are still spaces so if you’d like to help us – without having to do hard physical work on a Saturday – please do get in touch. Work on the new website has continued. It will include an email address for contacting us (now operational) and we have the arrangements in place with Virgin Money Giving so that donations can easily be made on-line starting from within our website. There are just a few more slight adjustments to be made – details of them were emailed to the company which is working with us earlier this week. We’re expecting that, a few days after you receive this, you will be able to visit us at:
In the next issue of The Oriel, we’ll be including the first photo of all the Trustees in one place – our first physical meeting since October of last year. We’ve shown that meetings can be done by zoom, but it will be good for Mike, particularly, to see some of the sites which are familiar to the rest of us.