Volunteer tradesman thanked by schools
TWO first schools which benefited from a volunteering project have thanked those who took part for the "huge, huge gift".
Ashlands First School in Crewkerne and Misterton First School in Misterton were given a fresh lick of paint thanks to an employee volunteering project run by a local affordable housing provider.
Tradesman from Magna Housing gave up their normal working day to be involved in offering some DIY improvements to the schools.
The Magna team, made up of multi-skilled carpenters, labourers, electricians, plumbers and decorators worked on the external floodlights at Misterton school's playground – where Merriott Football Club will train – redecorated a block of toilets and painted the external playhouse.
Ashlands First School had its kitchen redecorated and taps replaced in the toilets as well as a freshen up of the school's foyer.
Lisa Carter, business manager for both schools, said: "The tradesmen who came in were absolutely amazing.
"It was a huge thing to do. In this financial climate we haven't got the pennies to put a paint brush around the place and it has saved us hundreds of pounds so it was a huge, huge gift.
"It is brilliant that businesses put back into the community and it was all very exciting for the kids to have visitors and see the work and we had to tell them 'fingers off the walls', but it was great.
"It was an awful lot of work done in a short space of time and it has given us all a really good lift and a general boost about the place.
"A huge thanks needs to go to Magna Housing for providing their staff and if some time they want to come back then they are more than welcome."
Phil Allen of Magna Housing said: "These schools play an important role serving the community but have limited funds to maintain expensive old buildings.
"We wanted to give something back to the community and one of our tradesmen, Ian, runs football training in the evenings at Misterton School, so was fully aware of how grateful the school and children would be.
"This was a great team building exercise which gave us a chance to reminisce about our school days and the team can look back on this community project with great pride."