Corporate Volunteer Day

We had a great day yesterday.  Not just because it was probably the last hot day of a blazing summer but because we had volunteers from the international insurance and risk management company, Lockton, to help us with the shed.  Their London base is in the City so they are neighbours geographically, though quite distant in many other ways.  Five of their employees turned up ready to get to work (and we had a fairly long list of things we needed done) and after obligatory cake and tea they got started and didn’t really stop till one of them had to go for a meeting and the rest of us ground to a halt through exhaustion and overheating. Weaving a shed it more tiring than you’d think.

Martin and George did some magnificent carpentry in the shed – mostly remedial work for my wobbly bench but putting up shelves, too.

Martin and George making a wobbly workbench stable - and adding storage space underneath.  Neat.
Martin and George making a wobbly workbench stable – and adding storage space underneath. Neat.

Steve spent all day painting a locker we’d found on the street.  It looks as good as new now.

Steve turned a rusty old locker found on the street into a new storage area - with the help of a tin of Hammerite.
Steve turned a rusty old locker found on the street into a new storage area – with the help of a tin of Hammerite.

Benedicte made us some beautiful labels. Stencilled labels on scrap wood.

and then got down to some serious weaving with willow from World of Willow (at a very nice discount).  Sarah, too – leader of the team – was great company and certainly left her mark with her unique brick-style weave.

Sarah and Benedicte in the background
Shed weavers, Sarah and Benedicte.
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Sarah using her special brickwork pattern
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Nat’s very tidy weave.
Shed Weaving
Benedicte is very methodical and neat. We’re going to batten down the ends.

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For a small organisation like ours, where volunteering enthusiasm easily wanes, it’s wonderful to get an injection of vigour and good will from people who really don’t need to help but do anyway.  So a big thanks to Lockton, who have given us a great boost.

The A Team (with their tools) from Lockton (Risk Solutions Division): Steve, Sarah, George, Benedicte, Martin.
The A Team (with their tools) from Lockton (Risk Solutions Division): Steve, Sarah, George, Benedicte, Martin.
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