Issue date: 3rd April 2013
Blisworth Canal Partnership is in the process of transforming the disused, graffiti strewn brick hut by the north portal of the Blisworth Tunnel into a Field Shelter.
This is a community project involving village volunteers adding drainage pipes, cleaning and re-pointing the exterior brickwork, mending the roof and painting the walls in readiness for the local Art group to turn it into a temporary studio.
The group plans to create a ‘Through the seasons’ Blisworth canal scene around the walls, mounted on Art boards. Benches and tables will be added and then the building will be able to be used by local community groups.
On 16th March the building was made secure with the addition of some stunning steel gates made by Blacksmith Bob Nightingale who works out of the Old Tug Store in Stoke Bruerne. South Northants District Councillor, Stephen Clarke helmed his own workboat Greenock through the tunnel with lots of ‘muscle’ on board for the lifting work. The gates were brought back to Blisworth and hung in place in front of quite a crowd, the hut project having really engaged the villagers.
All of the work is being financed by Blisworth Canal Partnership from the surplus made at its annual Canal Festival. South Northants Council also awarded us a capital grant towards the cost of the gates.