Carpentry project benefits OAPs

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CARPENTRY and joinery students at West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds have helped to provide a pergola for residents of Thingoe Lodge in Fornham All Saints.

Hundred-year-old resident Joyce Johnson joined Havebury Housing Partnership’s life president Sheila Wormleighton to unveil the pergola.

Karen Mayhew, chief executive at Havebury, said: “The residents wanted somewhere to sit and enjoy the sunshine but with a bit of privacy and shelter over some existing benches.

“West Suffolk College came up with the concept and after obtaining planning permission from St Edmundsbury borough, have been on site over the last two weeks building a pergola.”

Scheme manager Wendy Zipfel said: “We are so grateful to the college for their hard work and to all the other people who have helped create the pergola. It is truly wonderful.”

The scheme also involved Ridgeons in Bury, which provided discounted timber and other materials, while raised flowerbeds were planted by town charity Wood n Stuff. Havebury’s ground maintenance contractor Norse helped to plant climbers, and other flora was funded by Havebury’s neighbourhood investment panel.