Maintenance and restoration work in and alongside the river with the River Gipping Trust.
Covid 19 regulations
The Government’s “road map” is slowly returning normality to outdoor activities such as our work parties. The “rule of 6” will still apply and we had our first meeting of the year on the 31st March. Our work party manager (Ian) will advise everyone about locations and numbers to conform with the “rule of 6” but if we have more than 6 volunteers on a Wednesday he will create one or more locations for each group.
Back in 2008, just after the Trust was formed we had a visit from Greg Chapman who was writing an article about our work for publication in “Anglia Afloat”. Here’s that article and you can find out a lot more about Greg by going to his website called Greg Afloat.
I should make it clear that the article shown above has been amended slightly to update the contact details for our secretary and the Waterways Recovery Group. Everything else is as published in the magazine.
The copy originally supplied by Greg to the magazine was far more detailed with more pictures. You may like to see the original article on his website
We are currently working at Pipps Ford. Work at Baylham is now complete but we return from time to time for general maintenance work like clearing up fallen trees etc. We normally meet every Wednesday throughout the year starting around 9.00 a.m. Hopefully we can resume when when the rules change.
We have resumed work at Pipps Ford after finishing the repairs to the accommodation bridge over the lock tail. A new timber bridge has been transported to the site and erected. We now need to consider how to install the new stop planks top and bottom of the lock.
To find our work site at Baylham use these cordinates for your satnav – 52:7:56.547N 1:5:7.824E or this link in Google Maps
Pipps Ford is not quite so straightforward. Use these coordinates in your satnav – 52:8:44.542N 1:4:45.783E or another Google Maps link. I’m afraid the Google maps car didn’t go all the way to Pipps Ford so the link above will only get you to the entrance from the roundabout off the A14. To get to the site, go down the drive and turn right at the next signpost.
Note that at Pipps Ford you must park near the house and walk down to the work site but there is plenty of car parking space at Baylham.
If you would like to join us, email Ian Petchey our Restoration Manager – Ian’s email address or call him for more details. If you are viewing this on your mobile there should be a phone link at the foot of the page.
You don’t need any special skills, just a willingness to help. We will supply you with safety gear like gloves, goggles and a hard hat but you’ll have to bring your own safety footwear (steel toe cap and sole plate). Our work site is governed by the H&S At Work Regulations and as such PPE is mandatory.
There are, of course, numerous tea breaks and you can even check the weather forecast before you turn up!
This graph shows the current water levels at Creeting St Mary. The gauge itself is built in the watercourse that runs from Earl Stonham into the River Gipping along side Mill Lane. You can get historic data about the river levels by clicking on the word Creeting. Since the meter was installed in 1980 The lowest level ever recorded was 0.118 mtrs on the 19th August 1997 and the highest was 1.506 mtrs on the 3rd May 2012. Anything above 0.8mtrs would trigger a possible flooding alert.