The roundhouse refurbishment is almost completed thanks to the hours of work that (super) Ray and Carlton have done since March last year, and to funding from the 3rd Sector Intermediate Care Fund and from the Armed Forces Covenant Grant. The photo shows the finishing touches being made by building apprentices from Bersham Road. 4 apprentice plasterers and 2 tutors have spent around 3 weeks before and after Christmas plastering the ceiling. Alterations are being made so that computers can be installed into the roundhouse thanks to funding from the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The supported learning Coleg Cambria students will be restarting back this Friday 26th January, and it is hoped that many more community groups will now be able to rest in comfort whilst helping us maintain our 2 walled gardens and the surrounding wild-life areas.
We always celebrate our student’s birthdays, and to start our year, we shared a birthday cake with Damon, who reached the grand age of 30 years in early January.
We also said ‘farewell’ to Patsi, who has been volunteering as our Art tutor every fortnight on a Friday morning since last April. We will miss her friendship and creativity. (Please feel free to contact us if you would like to volunteer with us – we have lots of varied roles for volunteers, and leading an art/creativity session is one such role. Phone 01978265058)
Noel, Mark and Rob clearing an area of the gardens.
Peter taking the waste clippings for a bon-fire.
John (a new volunteer) helps Bartek weed around fruit trees in the West Garden. Damon, Alyn and Rob work together to dig a drainage pit near the round-house.
David and Gareth prepare wood for the log burning stove.
These photos are just some of the activities that are carried out in the winter months – and keeps everyone healthy and smiling! Come and join us! Why not volunteer?
And finally….Emily joined Ann at a talk at the Overton Women’s institute last week. Emily spoke about what she does when she comes to Erlas, and was asked to judge a ‘competition’ for the ladies, which she did with enthusiasm.