WNSC Helps Pass on Traditional Skills

Oswestry, United Kingdom, March 01, 2015 --(PR.com)-- The Enterprise and Development Department of Walford and North Shropshire College (WNSC) has helped The Friends of the Grove School in their preparations to renovate The Birks, a traditionally built stone and slate farm house which is located in the Duddon Valley, south-west Lake District and is owned by the Grove School Parent and Teacher Association in Market Drayton. The centre has been used by the Grove School since 1967, and was purchased from the Forestry Commission in 1985.

Later this year, work will begin renovating the attached barn and lobby area, local professionals will work on the major structural issues but the majority of the interior work will be completed by volunteers. One element of the renovation will be the re-pointing and rendering of the lime mortar. A group of volunteers where invited to the Walford Campus of WNSC recently to attend training in rendering and repointing with lime mortar, the training was delivered by Colin Richards, through Enterprise and Developments Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Rural Business and Traditional Skills Project.

The volunteers who have attended the course have saved the Friends of the Grove School an estimated £20,000, it is hoped that the volunteers who have attended this course will pass on their skills and knowledge to the other volunteers who have already offered their help.

For more information on what traditional skills are available at WNSC, please contact Liz Wilcox, Assistant Manager Enterprise and Development Department, on 01939 262154 or email l.wilcox@wnsc.ac.uk.
Walford & North Shropshire College
Lucy Evans
01691 688039