Author Archives: David Hargreaves

Kachieng Church Community Centre – Progress

The roof timbers for the Kachieng Church Community Centre were erected during July in readiness for the roof tiles which have now been purchased.

In order to ensure the building would be a completely safe construction it was decided to ask the Local Council Building Control department to visit site and carry out an inspection of the building & to make recommendations if there were any concerns.

After checking the drawings of PASH’s appointed architect against the construction to date, it was decided that the foundations & walls were to a good standard but that the roof timbers should be strengthened to ensure it can take the weight of the roof tiles & cope with any adverse weather conditions.

Additional funding required to complete the roof will be in the order of £1500.0 to £2000.00.

Church Centre

Church Centre with roof timber installed but has to be strengthened before roof tiles are fixed.

Garden Party – Wonderful Response

The ‘Garden Party’ held at Linsey & Chris Jones’ raised a fantastic £530.00.

Garden PartyThose who attended were very generous, so thanks to all those who contributed & donated to PASH; also thanks to Linsey, Chris & Irene and everyone else who helped with the preparations & on the day.

David Hargreaves – Patron

Blog Entry 6 Tuesday 19 June – Great End, Ill Crag, Esk Pike & Bow Fell

At 19-45 we arrived back in our car at Seathwaite, having set out at 10-15 once the rain had subsided. For some reason, it seems, we were the only people in the UK who suffered rain overnight! So off we went short of sleep & attacked the steep ascent of Great End, which we had been unable to visit on Saturday due to the severe weather. From there we made our way to Ill Crag, which we discovered overnight should have been included in the 10 highest summits, & then over another summit Esk Pike & then on to Bowfell. At Bowfell, we were blessed with wonderful sunny weather & could see Scotland, the Isle of Man & a full panorama of the Lakeland mountains. At the summit we met a lovely family from Buckinghamshire who agreed to sponsor us. Bowfell was our 10th summit & all that remains now to complete our challenge is to climb the mighty Skiddaw, the 4th highest peak in the Lake District, on Wednesday morning, therefore completing the challenge. From there we will return home on Wednesday evening. Please look on the blog for additional photographs which show the conditions we met along the way, fantastic scenery & views. Despite the difficulties we encountered along the way we never lost sight of the purpose of our visit to the Lake District & we look forward to thanking everybody who has contributed to this very worthy cause. Thanks again for your prayers & support. Dave & Rowland

Blog Entry 5 – Great Gable & Pillar

Thank you for everyone who has made comments, they have been really helpful & encouraging. Today we set off with the sun shining & made our way to Wasdale Head – a truly beautiful place. Huge mountains enclose this valley & we managed to reach two of the highest peaks today. The climbs proved more difficult than expected with lots of large rocks & loose scree to deal with both going up & coming down. These areas are not for the faint hearted, every step had to be carefully considered! Over the past few days we have met lots of interesting people from romantic sounding places as far apart as Vancouver Island, Arnold in Nottingham & Doncaster!! A slight change of plan tomorrow Great End which we missed on Saturday because of bad weather & Bowfell. On Wednesday we will complete the challenge with a testing hike up Skiddaw. We plan to add an extra peak on Tuesday or Wednesday to complete the set of 10 peaks. Love Dave & Rowland ps thanks for your prayers, no injuries or blisters just a few grazes & sore feet.

 

Blog Entry 4 – Hellvelyn, Nethermost Pike & Catstycam

Set off in weather less settled as we had hoped. We travelled to Glenridding & from the car park had a long uphill slog to get to Striding Edge – a place most people would wish to avoid, it’s a log stretch of jagged rock which leads to a difficult final climb & scramble through awkward rocks which lead to the summit of Hellvelyn. Thick mist & rain greeted us & we made our way to two further summits. At Catstycam the mist cleared & we were rewarded with lovely views over Ullswater & beyond. Whilst these summits are relatively close together it is extremely difficult to get from one to another. We can now look forward to a good rest & another difficult day tomorrow. Thank you for your prayers & comments & thanks for your best wishes on Fathers Day. Dave & Rowland

Blog Entry 3 – Saturday

Saturday was a very difficult day which left us feeling we had already earned any sponsorship money that was to come our way. We were kept awake by incessant rain & therefore delayed our start hoping to find better conditions. Initially the rain continued but not as heavily as during the night. We soldiered on enjoying spectacular views of mountains & numerous huge foaming waterfalls. The initial terrain to Scafell Pike was not too difficult but then the terrain & the weather significantly changed!! We ascended to the summit through steep difficult rocky ground & heavy rain being driven sideways with gale force winds. When at the summit the mountain rescue official advised we descend as soon possible, For a moment we stood higher than anyone else in the country but risked being blown back where we had just come from! We learnt that many climbers had failed to reached the summit & mountain rescue had been called out as parties had been split up in the poor visibility. We then had a very arduous descent in very poor conditions but were driven on by the thought of the orphans, widows & poor people in Kenya depending on our support. Tomorrow we are expecting better conditions & will continue our challenge. Dave & Rowland

Blog Entry 2 – Friday

Set off on time from Derby/Nottingham in bright sunny weather aiming for Scotch Corner. As we joined the A66 we also joined stair-rod rain!! which kept our driver occupied until Penrith when things brightened. Had a pleasant walk around Keswick & picked up a few last minute bargain hunting items. Arrived at base camp around 5-30pm & as we settled in the heavens opened & still are open at 10-30pm; the good Lord doesn’t want us walking on dry ground.
Much to ours & everyone else’s astonishment we actually prepared a 3 course meal – garlic bread, chilli & wine.
We are now prepared for the day ahead – let battle commence!!
Dave & Rowland