Tuesday 20th October would normally have seen the Tuesday Club eagerly starting the unpacking and construction of Santa’s Grotto after the weekend’s Open Weekend – sadly neither of these events would take place due to the current restrictions of Coronavirus Covid-19.
However they do say that “every cloud has a silver lining” so instead the volunteer workforce continued to maintain the Bonded Warehouse’s paintwork which was starting to look a little dull to say the least – in fact the sills on the large windows on the rounded end both need to be painstakingly replaced by Malcolm Perks and john Ganner who have a knack of tackling these jobs with great success.
The fast-following volunteers worked cohesively – some doing the preparatory rubbing down, others applying undercoat and finally the topcoat – all these being at various stages as work had commenced the previous week and naturally we are quite dependent on dry weather. It was great to see two of our new volunteers – Ivor Caplan and Geoff Leach getting stuck in and enjoying their involvement as members of the team. After a day of good progress and job satisfaction it will be a return to the task next week (weather permitting) when we will need to erect a platform to ensure our volunteers are working in a safe environment as we tackle the second floor windows.
We hope that passers by are impressed with the new paintwork – it does look really good and clearly it is important to keep it in good condition to safeguard this precious building. We were all grateful for the words of encouragement from quite a few people as they passed down Canal Street, so keep them coming or grab a brush !