What happens when 63 enthusiastic, hard-working, well-organised volunteers descend on your local community centre?
At least this is how it seemed when they visited York House Centre last Wednesday. Outdoors, there was digging, chopping, hacking, lifting and shifting, and laying of pathways; indoors, it was rolling and brushing, cutting-in, and transforming.
The end results were that York House now has excellent new pathways to its community gardens, providing ease of access for wheelchair-users and others with limited mobility. The teams from MindBLMK, MacIntyre, and Branch-Out CIC will benefit from this, and life will be made easier for other plot-holders, like Stony Stratford in Bloom and the Women’s Institute.
Our rear grounds have never looked better, and we look forward to making use of them for community events.
The main hall, bar, and Beechey Room have been rejuvenated, with a simple but effective two-tone colour scheme and high quality protective cladding, benefiting the many community, self-help, arts, youth clubs, toddler groups, exercisers and meditators, and individuals who use York House.
Our thanks go to all the volunteers (whose muscles must still be aching), and also to Skyline Green and local company, Landmarks, for their skilled staff and pre-Caring-Day preparation. The amount of planning, organisation, fund-raising, and enthusiasm-generating is praise-worthy indeed.
We also thank local company, Devine Catering, for an exceptional lunchtime spread for the weary workers, and a special mention for York House Centre Manager, Fiona Trinder, who worked her socks off both before and during the Day of Caring.
This has been a major step forward for York House and its annual footfall of visitors numbering some 50,000. Visit www.york-house.org.uk and come up and see us sometime!
AND they managed to have some fun, too: