Bury College Plastering students picked up their tools and lent their skills and expertise to support a worthy community initiative.

Learners have been hard at work helping to restore the Clubhouse at the East Lancs Paper Mill Cricket Club following recent fire damage. Generously donating their time, tools and materials, the staff and students of the Bury College Construction department were proud to be able to help reconstruct a much loved community Clubhouse.

The students put the skills they have learnt in the workshop into practice in a real life situation as they enjoyed skimming the walls over plasterboards with multi-finish plaster.

18 year old Nathan Ramsay, a former The Elton Higher School pupil and Level 2 Plastering student said of the experience, “It has been really rewarding to give something back to the community. We are helping out the Cricket Club and in turn it’s helping us out by giving us experience working in a real world scenario. Seeing the finished product, when you look back at it afterwards feels great and we know all of our hard work has paid off.”

The East Lancs Paper Mill Cricket Club were extremely grateful for the help and support they received from Bury College. Committee Member Kerry Hewart commented, “We are absolutely over the moon with the hard work that the Bury College students have put into this project. The Clubhouse was in total disrepair and we are massively grateful for the materials they have given us. The students were fabulous. They listened well to instructions and learnt new skills whilst on the job.”

Ian Watson, Bury College Plastering Technician added, “The students showed a lot of dedication and hard work towards this community initiative. We as a college wanted to support the Clubhouse and it was a great opportunity to give the students a taste of working in the real world.”

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