The 2008 Working Week took place
as usual at the end of May. Numbers were significantly down this
year and the amount of work achieved was reflected in this.
As is now standard practice, there was an overdue party caving
on the first Saturday, but they were only late due to going down
a cave other than the one on their ticket.
This year, the major job was the long awaited completion of Ladies'
Showers. In addition, there was the construction of a new
washdown area for dirty kit over by the pit and away from the
main buildings. Rather annoyingly, a prolonged period of
fine weather leading up to the Working Week broke to unsettled
conditions and featured for several days a very strong Easterly
wind that rattled the slates and kept people awake at night.
In addition, the high winds caused a number of electricity power
failures which further delayed progress.
The showers were nearly completed, but work remained to be carried
out on these and the washdown area. This was completed a
few weeks later. A good quantity of the routine painting
was done and Married underwent yet another change of colour.
Thanks are due to the Dragons who fed and watered the workers
all week and to all who made their time available to help.
Even a couple of days makes a difference if you cannot commit
to working the whole week.