Tuesday Club volunteers are making the most of the dry weather by tackling jobs on the exhaustive list which are deemed as ‘outside’ jobs and done when it will remain dry – so out came the sandpaper, paintbrushes and a peak of enthusiasm. The volunteers organised themselves into two groups – one to deal with the large end door to the stable block (where the bar operates from at Open Weekend) and the other two man team to the railings near the entrance to the dry dock.
The first job was to re-fix the large door to the frame-post on the stable block and then prepare it for its first coat of grey primer – application of another coat is scheduled for next week and then we’ll finish it with a top coat of ‘plum’ gloss. It’s amazing really that this job started out as “we need to replace that door post because it’s rotten at the bottom” – as usual the task broadened in scope but at least we will have a finished job in a few weeks which will last for many years. The picture above shows the job after application of the first coat of undercoat.
The other job simply involved applying black gloss to the already prepared railings and gates – quite a tedious yet highly satisfying job, with many passers by giving encouraging remarks as the railings / gates took on a rejuvenated shiny state. We still have one half of the gates to complete as this is a time-consuming feature to paint and also the top of the rails will soon be adorned with small knobs to match the new boundary fence with the Old Wharf Inn – it should look smashing when it is all completed. The picture below shows the railings partly painted – hopefully it will be finished next week !
That will naturally lead us to look at other items which would benefit from the proverbial ‘lick of paint’ – the crane, bollards, window sills on the Bonded Warehouse (which are in urgent need of attention), the lamp post and many other ‘bits and pieces’ that will look better for a bit of TLC.
The work down at the Bonded Warehouse is endless actually and we really could do with a few more pairs of hands, so if you have some spare time and would like to get involved with a valuable community asset then do come along on Tuesdays to join the voluntary group – you will need a good sense of humour, the ability to glug coffee and be adaptable to take on repairs & maintenance tasks which you may not have done before – it’s a good opportunity to learn new skills, enjoy yourself, make friends and help the Trust look after this unique community building.