Great Progress for Saron Project

Last Saturday’s Volunteer Day saw this project take some significant steps forward. Our fantastic team of volunteers worked hard to extend the improvements into new areas and, by the end of a long day, had made a real difference.

Volunteers working on a new area

Volunteers working on a new area

Working with care and respect

Working with care and respect

Gently does it!

Gently does it!

The attendance of the following volunteers and supporters at this event explains why this project is now  moving forward so well:-

Steve C., Mark, Simon, Sheila, Steve E., Thomas, Andrew, David, Phil, Sylvia, Roy, Rhianwen, Shaunna, Nicola, Judy, Bonnie, Joe

Regular visitors to this blog will remember that the historic iron gates were moved into safe storage some time ago when the gate piers were in need of some urgent attention.

The gate piers and gates were in a sorry state.

The gate piers and gates were in a sorry state.

Since that time the gate piers have been completely dismantled and rebuilt; the gates have been sandblasted to remove over 150 years worth of corrosion and old paint and the gates have been expertly refurbished by Simon Collier. Last Saturday saw the culmination of this process when the gates were finally refitted by Simon and received a first new paint coat. Friends of Saron would like to express their grateful thanks to Rokel Engineering for providing essential materials free-of-charge for this important work.

Proper preparation is all important.

Proper preparation is all important.

The first gate is up.

The first gate is up.

The second gate is moved into position.

The second gate is moved into position.

The gates have probably not looked as good since 1852!

The gates have probably not looked as good since 1852!

What a brilliantly successful Volunteer Day! The commitment, skill and determination shown by  of our dedicated group of volunteers should be a source of great pride for all those who were involved.

On the previous evening Friends of Saron had held their Annual General Meeting at the Scout Hall, Bridge Street, Troedyrhiw.

Friends of Saron AGM, Friday 17th April 2015

Friends of Saron AGM, Friday 17th April 2015

Residents received a report on the main activities and achievements of the past year together with an estimate of total project expenditure to date (including volunteer hours at minimum wage rate) amounting to £27,300.

All current members of the Friends of Saron committee being willing to continue for a further year and no new nominations having been received the meeting unanimously re-elected the committee to serve until April 2016.

A proposed programme for the coming year was presented to the meeting. This was followed by a discussion session during which a number of issues related to site safety, security and access were raised. It was agreed that these matters will be given full consideration at forthcoming committee meetings.

Full minutes of the Friends of Saron AGM 2015 will be published in due course in the Documents section of this blog which can be viewed by clicking on the link at the bottom of the home page.

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About davidjcollier

Originally from South Wales I have lived in Nottinghamshire for over forty years. I am married and have three grown up children and two grandchildren. Having worked in education for 43 years I will retire in July 2012. My interests include history (general, local and family), rugby union, swimming, photography, bird watching and gardening. For the benefit of anyone who may actually read this (extremely unlikely, I admit) please do not confuse 'interests' with knowledge or skill. My involvement in a community project which aims to rescue a graveyard from the effects of almost 30 years of neglect. also keeps me quite busy. View all posts by davidjcollier

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