As Arkwright might have said: ‘It was a fer…fer…funny sort of a morning’ at Cheltenham Racecourse Station this Saturday. I’m not sure why that was but I think it may be something to do with the sense of anti-climax after last week’s mayhem. The 1940s event is certainly good for business but what chaos it brings, and it reminds me what an awful lot we ask of our volunteers – especially the customer facing ones! Anyway, enough of the polemic and on to this weekend’s achievements by the Saturday gang who included: Steve, Dave G, Mike, Bob & Ros, Andrew, Terry, Maurice, John, Mick & Ben.
Of the things I didn’t immortalise in pictures: first up was Steve’s unseen and unsung skills in wheelbarrow repair (apparently he is about to make a YouTube video on the subject) since it is a rare week when there isn’t a blown tyre or similar to fix. Second was the vital watering task on the new hedge line – since rainfall in Gloucs seems to have largely petered out! (Am I tempting fate here?) Third, our long term holidaymakers had returned tanned and revitalised to the Platform 2 project – looking even better after some clearance work (the Platform, obviously, not Bob & Ros), container removal and bank remodelling – now nicely set off by their flower display. Well done the senior Starks!
Elsewhere, green fingered John was on garden maintenance – flitting ‘tween the Platform 1 allotment (where the unseasonal frost has had a nip at the spuds) and the revamped areas on the slope. Here he is apparently watering his right boot!?
In the Station’s more nether regions Mick, Ben and Andrew (‘I’m never paving again’) Stark set about joining up our container entrance with the old path. The command issued from above was to use the largest possible old slabs to make a ‘lazy dog’ approach*. Inevitably, it didn’t prove easy to align all this and the ‘Mad Angle Grinder’ was both seen and heard. It looks better in the flesh (honestly!) and all comments about ‘crazy paving’ will, I suspect, be most unwelcome!!
Bill had also provided a further set of racking without instructions – as a attest of initiative one supposes – but the team battled through. Pah! who needs instructions!
Finally, a motley crew (Steve, Maurice & self) worked to prepare the path beside the containers for weed membrane and ballast – to make an all-weather approach to our storage areas. Not customer facing but, I think, good for our morale especially during the muddy months.
Apologies, as ever, to those industrious individuals who I have missed from the narrative and/or photos – your work is still much appreciated.
And to anyone who would like to join us to help improve on the above, in Arkwright’s most memorable Spoonerism: ‘Don’t just crit there siticizing’!!
- – slope up (An old one that but I couldn’t resist)
An addendum from Bob Stark:-