As expected, work on the restoration of the Butte de Warlencourt stopped over the winter period. The changes made at the end of last year in terms of new walkways, rails etc have been well received, which is good news indeed. When the better weather arrives in the not too distant future, all the new wood and related will be 'timber treated' for preservation purposes.
The oak benches for the Butte should be in our hands in the next two weeks. Shortly thereafter, via the website and e-news, we aim to issue full details of the Butte bench inscription competition which our President, Peter Simkins, has kindly agreed to judge.
All four benches have been sponsored. Again many thanks to Teddy Noyes, Ron and Irene Mitchell of Intona ltd, Michael Brown Solicitors in Dundee and the WFA's own Kent North-west branch. Further sponsorship opportunities are available, please simply contact me for details.
Discussions have started the information boards to be erected on the Butte. All going to plan, these and the benches will be in situ within the next few months. We are also looking at options regarding slightly extending and bringing the car parking area up to scratch. It's all exciting times which will probably lead to a smaller re-dedication ceremony late summer this year with a fuller event planned to be held in 2016.
As spring dawns, we are giving full thought to the clearing of the sides of the Butte of bushes, branches etc. The aim being to bring the Butte back to a 2014 version of 'bald and beautiful' . For various reasons, including operational, health and safety and insurance, it is unlikely however that this major clearance will be carried out by volunteers. We are 100% committed to engaging the membership with the Butte, however, and will look at all future options of doing so.
WFA European Officer.
The two photographs below show the area of the car park