Carpentry Aiding Community

Carpentry students at Aldershot College, part of Farnborough College of Technology ended the year with a busy term helping the local community with various projects.

Two projects were local based issues with one aimed at a larger scale.

This included providing Christmas Crackers for the Salvation Army, with Captain Mark Anderson visiting to thank the students for their contribution.

Students went on to support Ukraine by making and then selling woodwork, with the latest being a Ukrainian Deer statue and several popular bird tables.

The largest project is for the Learning Garden at St. Michael’s Junior School in Aldershot. This project involved the students breathing new life into their garden thanks to their new skills. This includes picnic benches, timber rabbit statues and planters.

Carpentry Lecturer Jeremy Sylvester said: “Once the students have mastered the basic craft skills it’s nice that they can then physically make something, to put their skills to use, both as a team and independently. These projects are for a good cause, showing students how they can use their skills to help others that they might not have considered.”

One of the students, Josh, who worked on the Learning Garden project said: “I did the fencing and cut out the wooden rabbits for St Michael’s. I found it quite exciting as it’s the first time I was able to make fencing for a purpose.”

Freddy, another student who took part said: “I made a bird table that was donated to the school. It was fun to make things that would be used by the kids. Overall, I liked getting involved and helping make the garden better than before.”

Principal CEO Virginia Barrett said “I am proud of the students’ involvement in aiding the local community. Using the skills they learn in the classroom to better the local areas. I hope these students keep this energy going into the new year and continue aiding their communities in the future.”

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