Shrewsbury College student’s design and hand-craft arbours for Severn Hospice

Students from Shrewsbury College have been busy constructing seated arbours to be donated to Severn Hospices in Shrewsbury and Telford, and yesterday saw their official unveiling.

Students, Simon Kirlew, Hamid Ghorbani and James Harvey from Shrewsbury College, who are studying for their Level 3 Diplomas in Bench Joinery, were given the opportunity to work on the project over the summer . They had been asked to consider a volunteering project and to think about who it would benefit in the community.

The group agreed to construct a seated arbour for Severn Hospice. Simon Kirlew, 21, whose father works at Severn Hospice, said: ‘’We were all working towards our Level 2 Bench Joinery qualification, so this was the first time we had made something on this scale.’’

‘’We planned all of the designs, using examples from the internet. It was definitely a big challenge, but as I enjoy the practical side of the course, there was a real sense of achievement at the end, especially as it was for a great cause.

Richard Weaver, Carpentry & Joinery Tutor at the College, said: ‘‘The process involved, generating full size plans and elevations of the arbours, producing cutting lists for the materials required and all of the practical work involved with manufacturing each of the arbours. The students did a fantastic job.’’

All materials for the project were generously donated by Shropshire Building Supplies, a local supplier, and John Ambler; Sales Manager also attended the unveiling of the arbours yesterday.

Ian Beaver, MD Shropshire Building Supplies, said: "Shropshire Building Supplies is proud to support both our long term trading partners Shrewsbury College and the Severn Hospice by donating some materials.

‘’We feel that it is vital for our industry to be supporting the students at Shrewsbury College as they are part of the future in the construction industry. Shropshire Building Supplies ourselves are currently in the process of recruiting five apprentices.

‘‘We also find it important to support local good causes such as the Severn Hospice through schemes like this where all participants gain benefit."

Barry Caudwell, Facilities Manager at Severn Hospice, said: “We are thrilled with the new arbours, they look fantastic and the workmanship is very impressive. As the students have kindly made two arbours for us we are able to place one at each of our hospices for patients and their loved ones to enjoy.

“We are truly grateful to the students and Shrewsbury College for choosing to support the hospice and to Shropshire Building Supplies for donating the materials.’’

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