Popular local woodwork club Dorchester Men’s Shed has done it again for Kingston Maurward by building two brand new replacement bridges across its Winterbourne Canal, which historically fed water to the estate’s Georgian mansion house.
Led by Dorchester Men’s Shed founder Graeme Trinder, the bridges were crafted in the group’s workshop at Stinsford Farm by members George Legg, David Hunt, Bob Aiston, Raymond Gilbert, Barry Foot and David Murgatroyd.
The work was achieved during the organisation’s twice-weekly sessions over a period of two months using drawings for the original bridges, which were built more than 25 years ago.
Made of green oak and weighing around 300kg each, once completed the new bridges were dismantled and reassembled on site after groundwork had been completed by the estate maintenance team and head gardener, Nigel Hewish.
The bridges were opened by the town’s mayor David Taylor, followed by refreshments for Dorchester Men’s Shed members.
Cllr Taylor said, “Dorchester Men’s Shed came together for people who want company, to make friends, learn skills and who now produce phenomenal work like this!
“All over Dorchester people are seeing what you do, and for this you should be immensely proud of your achievements.”