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Helping Hands volunteers contribution to Clare Castle Country Park was 'outstanding'




More than 200 volunteers who spent a day undertaking renovation and improvement works at Clare Castle Country Park have been praised by the chairman of the park’s trustees.

The volunteers that took part in the Helping Hands Project run by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (more commonly known as Mormons) spent a Saturday on a range of jobs.

They constructed and stained fences, cleared litter from the pond cleared the motte banks and wall of shrubbery and plants and straightened plant edges.

Les Garnham and Elder Hruby put up a fence in Clare Castle Country Park. Picture by Richard Marsham
Les Garnham and Elder Hruby put up a fence in Clare Castle Country Park. Picture by Richard Marsham

The volunteers came from units of the church in Ipswich, Colchester, Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge Witham and Clacton-on-Sea.

Paul Munden, one of the volunteers said: “It’s something members can get involved in and it’s a lot of fun because there are people there who may not have met for a long time.”

The church’s Cambridge unit did a similar project at the park last year, which was broadened out this year to a wider number of units.

Geoffrey Bray, chairman of the park’s trustees told Mr Munden: “Your organization could not be faulted and the way the different teams were set up and led by such well qualified people was outstanding - the planning you had done was quite extraordinary.

It was hot work for the volunteers taking part in the Helping Hands Project at Clare Castle Country Park. Contributed picture
It was hot work for the volunteers taking part in the Helping Hands Project at Clare Castle Country Park. Contributed picture

“Apart from all you did it was a great pleasure to have you all in the park and although none of you would have had much time to enjoy the surroundings, particularly in the heat, the work you have done will be really appreciated by all who visit in the future.”


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