Maintenance and restoration work in and alongside the river with the River Gipping Trust.
Covid 19 (Tier 4 regulations)
The Govenment rules state that if you live in Tier 4 you must not leave or be outside of your home or garden except where you have a ‘reasonable excuse’. In general, you must not meet socially or carry out any activities with another person. However, you can exercise or meet in a public outdoor place with people you live with, your support bubble (or as part of a childcare bubble), or with one other person.
Following these regulations the Trust will not be holding any working parties until Suffolk is moved to a lower Tier. Our Restoration manager (Ian Petchey) will keep our members updated.
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 from this link.
The copy originally supplied by Greg to the magazine was far more detailed with more pictures. You may like to see this on his site from this link.
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 – https://goo.gl/maps/sP2t8Urt8eQMztmZ6 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 this link in Google maps – https://goo.gl/maps/XiXD9aCzSC3bSMA58 . I’m afraid the Google maps car didn’t go all the way to Pipps Ford so the links 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, from this link 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.