|A full house on Skokholm for the first workparty|
this last week
This first autumn workparty week has been busy and eventful. A team of six builders ( our usual crowd) and seven volunteers met at Martins Haven on Saturday. Jerry, our warden and Charlotte, his girlfriend joined us for a last week on the Island for Jerry before departing for Bird Island. Tim Healing was also of the party to make a start on his mouse research.
A mountain of equipment was loaded. Mixers, Jack hammers, tampers and electrician Henry's tools, food for a team of 20 was all heaved on to the Princess. John Reynolds calm and efficient as ever, skippered the boat and landed us all in an agitated and bouncing sea,
|Long term volunteers Teresa and Leighton|
hard at work
The plan for the week was to start on the water system installation, repair the top of the jetty and re-roof the kitchen and warden's quarters. Several Tank bases needed to be built this involved a lot of digging up old pipes and laying tank
|Leighton and Renate|
The others made a start on the roof of the warden quarters and the kitchen.
|Warden quarters and kitchen roof is off|
The water work involved the setting up of several tank bases which had to be absolutely level.
within a few millimeters. This proved quite a challenge to some of us. Several attempts and lots of advice did pay off and all 4 tank bases are now in place.
The pipe work was equally confusing at times. Now the pipes lie on the surface of the Island
waiting to be dug under the turf. All connections still to be sorted out.
Henry our very own electrician wired up the cottage and now all the rooms have light.
He also set up the solar panels to power the system and installed the hot water system in the wheelhouse. Henry worked in the Lighthouse as an apprentice at the age of 16 he has returned to Skokholm recently as a volunteer electrician. He is obviously happy in his work.
On Tuesday a boat arrived with Gordon the film maker, who has been filming events on the Island for over a year. The series called 'Dream Island' will be shown on the Welsh Television in September in six half hour series. This week two actors worked with Gordon to recreate some of the iconic scenes on Skokholm. Our volunteers were pressed into acting roles of the man from the ministry and rabbit catcher, and keeper of the light.
|Jasper as the rabbit catcher|
|Keith and young Lockley|
|Nick as the keeper of the light|
Another fabulous week on Skokholm with a team of great and skilled volunteers who achieved more than would seem humanly possible. Lots of work and lots of fun. A lot of weather from brilliant sunshine to torrential rain and gales.
A big thank you to all who came and helped and a special thank you to the three very special long term volunteers: Will, Teresa and Leighton who have worked hard and given their all during their time on the Island.