THEY asked the Dean of Southwell, the Very Revd
John Guille, to pray for fine weather for two weeks while they were
working, but I am not sure the Dean's prayers were adequately
answered. Fifteen Army Reserves of the Corps of Royal Engineers had
undertaken to re-lay the worn stone path up to the west door of
Southwell Minster. They had been drafted from Brighton and Hull to
do the job.
Military Plant Foreman WO2 Darren Winter was in charge. "We have
an architect and an archaeologist on site," he said while work was
in progress, "and we have already found some interesting objects.
The old worn slabs are being replaced by new York stone,
replicating a design used by the minster stonemason Keith Lipton.
There's 180 square metres of the stuff to lay; so can the Dean
please pray for sunshine throughout?"
It is the last job the regiment will complete before being
restructured into an EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) and Search
Squadron - rather more dangerous than laying paths. They are based
at Foresters House, Chilwell, and are recruited from the
Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire areas.