First, Bob Thomas formally thanked Ollie Neale who, as you know from recent emails, raised over £400 for BERT via his triathlon fundraising efforts. The donation has been used to fund a pump - now known as 'Ollie’s pump', which was signed by Ollie.
Image - Ollie signing the pump
Work was undertaken to clear the main drainage ditch from the allotments off Middle Street to the Tanners Brook and on to the bridge in Old School Lane.
Image - Material removed by BERT from ditch by pavilion
Image - Clearing the ditch in Oakdene Road
Drains were also cleared outside the school and church to prevent flooding. These drains fill with leaves and seem not to be a part of the regular council cleaning probably due (at least the church drain) to parked cars.
Image - Clearing leaves from drain by the church
Image - Drain gets some personal attention from Gary!
A crack identified some time ago in the bridge in Oakdene Road has been reported to SCC Highways. Though it was not visible due to the pile of vegetation, the bridge wall on the north side of the bridge was also cracked.
Image - Crack in bridge
Work started on the main drainage ditch was almost completed, but not all - a second work party will be organised after the bonfire.
Thank you to everyone who turned out - it was agreed that it had been a very useful morning's work.