A new home for DCA's 20ft shipping container

DCA

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DCA are looking to rehome our 20ft shipping container.
A cheap or free offer of a home would be greatly appreciated, but we are of course realistic about the probable need to pay a reasonable ground rent.
We'd be really keen to hear from people that can help with any of the following:
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[*]You have some land available and are willing to discuss our needs
[*]You know of a commercial storage solution in the region
[*]You have experience with any local companies that offer container relocation services
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Please pass this info around your caving circle and on to anyone who you think may be able to help. Ideally we'd like to keep it in the High Peak or northern Derbyshire Dales area, but would consider any offer in the DCA region. We can paint the container (currently white) to blend in to whatever location it goes. We would be aiming to have the move completed by early summer.
Thanks for reading.
If you can help, please contact the DCA Projects Officer or DCA Secretary.
Pete Knight
DCA Projects Officer

 

Pete K

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It was moving day today for DCA. Our shipping container made the journey from Cavendish Mill near Stoney Middleton to Hope Valley Garden Centre near Bamford. Roy had been prepping for this for months. He and I breathed a big sigh of relief when the container finally touched down in its new home just before lunchtime today.
Thanks to the very professional driving by Richard from David Stanley Transport & Lifting Services. Also the chaps from the traffic management company who have currently got the lights up at Bamford for being on hand to slow traffic.

Its not quite over yet though, we need to have a painting party to tidy up the appearance of the container as it looks a little rough next to its posh neighbours! We'll possibly make a bit of a social event of it so keep an eye out for dates.

Great job Roy, thank you!
Pete K, DCA Projects Officer
 

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Pete K

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A few of us are heading out for a couple of hours tomorrow (Sat) to start to scrub the grime and loose paint off the container ahead of repainting it in the next few weeks. If you want to come for a scrub and rinse, and can ideally provide your own scrubbing or wire brush, feel free to join us tomorrow at the Hope Valley Garden Centre. Drive in to the normal parking area and look for the grubby 'white' container at the far end. 10am to 1pm are our expected times. We'll pack it in when it starts to get too hot.
 

Pete K

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Myself, Jess, Phil and Roy managed a couple of hours in the sun today working on the outside of the DCA store. The rust has mostly been removed and the container is about ready for some primer and a fresh coat of paint. We wrapped up before the sun got too hot, just as a Lancaster bomber flew overhead.
We'll likely organise a painting party at some point if people want to help.
 

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We’ll take your word it’s a Lanc. Personally I think it looks more like the Roswell photo, so will scan the press for UFO sightings around Bamford.
 

Pete K

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There will be a small working party at the DCA container tomorrow if anyone wants to join us.
First job will be to touch up the rust on the sides with grey primer. The roof will then need painting with the top coat while the sides dry. I’ll have a couple of hours work on the front doors to get them rust free and welded up. The inside also needs sorting out and materials restacked, although not necessarily that day.
So far it is 3 confirmed and a 4th likely.
We’ll be there from about 10am.
Pete
 

alastairgott

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Not sure shirking on the job will help with the rust either, there’s lots of me doing very little today, it was fun all the same.
 

Pete K

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Thanks for the help and good company! Not quite finished yet, but enticingly close to crossing this job off.
 

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Pete K

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Solo second coat session today. 4 hours for the entire container. Job done!
I'm sure that people would have helped if I'd asked, but it was a last minute decision to go over again, and I needed some good ol' mindless labour to clear my head. The inside is still a right mess after the move, but sorting that can wait for another time.
My thanks to everyone who helped with the relocation and renovation, this is a massive job we can finally cross off the DCA to-do list.

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Jenny P

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Solo second coat session today. 4 hours for the entire container. Job done!
I'm sure that people would have helped if I'd asked, but it was a last minute decision to go over again, and I needed some good ol' mindless labour to clear my head. The inside is still a right mess after the move, but sorting that can wait for another time.
My thanks to everyone who helped with the relocation and renovation, this is a massive job we can finally cross off the DCA to-do list.

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It looks a really neat job and thanks are due to all who helped in this mammoth task. Special thanks to Pete who master-minded all this and finished the job off today.
RESPECT !
 

Pete K

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It's mostly wood, metal lengths, offcuts of walkway grill, and some plastic pipe. Basically all the shaft capping / gating materials DCA need or has had left over from jobs in the last decade. The higher value stuff like tools and bolting kit are stored securely elsewhere.
 
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