Well, the good news was that after a couple of months of our enforced idleness, Dawn duly started with Surrey County Council as replacement for NS as rights of way assistant and we managed to set up a work party for February over near Ewhurst.
The job was to replace an existing stile with a kissing gate, repair a sleeper bridge and remove a redundant stile. All of this was to take place in the far corner of a very rough quagmire, euphemistically described as a field. The contractors who had been instructed to deliver the materials obviously took one look at the field and dropped the materials next to the road. We managed to get the kissing gate moved by a friendly farmer but the sleeper bridge was cancelled. After this inauspicious restart to our workparty activities, Dawn handed in her notice because of a change in her husband’s job. So we went back down the snake and started again—no rep, so no workparties in March or April.
We now have AB, who has been appointed by SCC, and we are hopeful that normal working will be resumed starting in May. Here’s hoping.