Northwag News Wednesday 12th July 2017

  • · Published July 12, 2017 · Updated July 27, 2017

A small turn out today for the work in hand.  Two jobs were identified, the first a very urgent search for something that had caused three tyre punctures on the drive way up to the Furnace site.  Terry found the offending piece of metal by using his strimmer to clear the ground.  Then Tina S with her trusty metal detector ‘Sherlock’ found the remains of another seven stakes.  The offending one was removed by Terry.  (Photograph below).  A 50mm spike of metal protruding above ground.  An alignment of the positions of the metal fence has been recorded and two more of them will be removed in the coming weeks.


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This photograph shows the metal spike, which had been puncturing so many tyres.



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 This innocent piece of metal punctured Terry’s, Margaret’s and Steve’s tyres.


Meanwhile Margaret had been given the task of forming steps in a ridge of ground leading down to a barbed wire fence numbered as AB3/-3 on a marker stake.  Arduous work on a very warm day.  Janet filled in several previously made augured holes.  The next job in hand was to clear the cliff side with the trowels and more muscle power while spades were set aside.   A most dainty small clay pipe was unearthed with a lovely bowel and a separately found stem.  The bowl was uncovered under a piece of stone and one could imagine the old smoker sitting on the stone enjoying his pipe.  Other pieces found were pottery, various types of hard stone-like material and possibly iron ore.  All to be analysed by the Geologists at a later date.  Hot and dirty work but with great finds.


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Some of the finds found whilst clearing the cliff face. AB3/3-W


Northwag News 26th July 2017

Published July 27, 2017 · Updated July 27, 2017



Northwag News. Wednesday 19th July 2017

  • · Published July 21, 2017 · Updated July 25, 2017

Unfortunately only 4 stalwarts arrived to help us do the work to  clean and tidy Winnall Mill ready for the open day  Next Weekend.  This means we will be back to the site again next Wednesday to finish it off and  do final preparations.  Friday will be route marking, and litter clearing around the area where we will be meeting and greeting the guests.  

Northwag News 2nd August 2017

  • · Published August 2, 2017 · Updated August 4, 2017

In spite of a wet day being forecast 7 members turned up at Furnace Farm today.  The main task is to plot and remove the fence spikes that have caused many punctures before.  This is not only to protect us but also a service in return for the support of our farmer who allows us to be there.