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Community garden to bloom thanks to volunteers

More than 20 volunteers from Hinckley & Rugby Building Society have marked the Society’s 150th anniversary year by spending three days transforming a community garden.

Teams of staff from the Society’s head office and branches worked for three full days at Barwell Community House, a centre which works with local residents and young people, encouraging them to become involved in community projects and activities.

Photo: (l-r) Hinckley & Rugby volunteers Jamie Clarke, Denise Bradshaw and Katie Hobbs with Militza Kirkham of Barwell Community House

Photo: (l-r) Hinckley & Rugby volunteers Jamie Clarke, Denise Bradshaw and Katie Hobbs with Militza Kirkham of Barwell Community House

The garden has been dug up, mowed, swept, pruned, barked, de-weeded, re-sanded and painted leaving it neat, tidy and more manageable for both staff and users of the house.

Militza Kirkham, community development worker at Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council, said: “All the groups that are at the Community House will be able to enjoy the garden.

“The volunteers were the nicest people and so eager and willing to complete the challenge. They don’t realise what this meant to me and to the residents that use the House. It was a privilege to meet them.”

Finance team's Baljeet Kaur  & Customer Assistant Sophie Hancock get busy in the garden sandpit

Finance team’s Baljeet Kaur & Customer Assistant Sophie Hancock get busy in the garden sandpit

Three members of Hinckley & Rugby staff took on the task of leading the teams of volunteers – Claire Spriggs, Emma Bliss and Denise Bradshaw.

Hinckley & Rugby chief executive Chris White said: “We wanted a major volunteering project for our staff to mark our 150th year and this challenge was a perfect opportunity to underline how committed the Society and its staff are to our communities.

“Our volunteers battled literally through the wind and the rain to get the job done and we are very pleased the people of Barwell will be able to enjoy it for many seasons to come.”

The team challenge was organised by the business and community charity Leicestershire Cares, whose community development manager Katharine Lightbown said: “The volunteers all worked exceptionally hard to transform the garden area into a welcoming oasis for the community. Big thanks for their enthusiasm and commitment which has left a real legacy for local people.”

Volunteers in action on day one of the team challenge at Barwell Community House

Volunteers in action on day one of the team challenge at Barwell Community House

Barwell Community House provides local residents, tenants and young people with direct access to public services including Police, housing officers, adult education, the youth offending team, Connexions, Age UK and Voluntary Action.

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