Students transform community site

A revamped community centre was unveiled last week by an army of student volunteers, who have worked hard to transform the facilities for local residents.

More than 20 Construction and Bench Joinery students from Shrewsbury College took it upon themselves to improve the outdoor seating area at the Eileen Sandford Community Centre in Harlescott. Since April they have cleared and gravelled the tired-looking space, and designed and made furniture using materials donated by local construction businesses, Asset Surfacing and Shropshire Building Supplies. College Apprentices from Asset Surfacing and McPhillips were also involved in the project.

“I’ve been trying to get this done for a couple of years now,” said Centre Manager, Brian Gennoe. “The students have been very professional and have all worked really hard. They’ve done an absolutely brilliant job and lots of people from the local community will benefit from the garden.”

Construction Start Up student, Will Ashlin, added: “The garden wasn’t very nice when we first came. It’s been a lot of hard work –we filled two skips. We all worked as a team and are proud that we’ve helped the community.”

Eileen Sandford was granted the title of Mayor of Shrewsbury and Atcham in 2003 and was one of the driving forces behind the Community Centre on Kynaston Road.
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