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Astley, and commented on the positive engagement the volunteer group has across the local community:
“It was hard work, but extremely rewarding when you stand back and see what you’ve achieved. Also, it was great to work as a team with people I only get to say a quick hello to in the office.”
The Weddington Allotment Association will be using this space to grow fruit and vegetables for the Community Pantry and to provide hands on sessions for young people, those with learning difficulties and dementia. They also have plans to connect with local GP surgeries to do the same for people struggling with their mental health in the future.
To find out more about the Society’s Community Foundation and who we’re currently working with visit the-society/community/ community-foundation/
On Friday 10th November, Countesthorpe staff and students observed a two minutes silence as part of the national remembrance.
Gathered around our garden of remembrance, staff and students stood in silent reflection to the haunting sound of Bagpiper Carl from the Queen Elizabeth’s Regimental Pipers, in honor of the service of those who sacrificed to defend our freedoms and way of life.
Under the direction of Mrs Miller, with the help of Ms Denston, Mrs Harding and our house leaders, our students have worked tirelessly creating our remembrance garden. A poignant flag above a sea of poppies made by our students, surrounded by displays of family members of staff and students who have served, provides our focal point, and offers a peaceful place of reflection for us to honour those who have served and are currently serving in our armed forces.
A number of students proudly wore their cadet uniforms alongside staff member and veteran serviceman Mr Bee, as a mark of respect towards our current active service personnel , bridging the gap between the past and the present.
Mr Kilsby, who oversaw the two minutes silence said ‘’As ever, I am extremely proud and impressed by the respect and maturity shown by Countesthorpe students during these events.’’
The Hinckley & Rugby Building Society is extremely proud of their Community Foundation which enables us to reinvest our profits back into our local communities
of Leicestershire and Warwickshire. Along with grants of up to £5,000 we often extend our sharing with the recipient groups to include our time and skills, to help push forward plans which will benefit local people.
Over recent weeks teams from the Society have done just that when visiting two of our current community partners - Broughton Astley Volunteer Group at their community allotments and Weddington Allotment Association.
Society staff helped the Broughton group prepare and paint fencing which will be used for the developing children’s area, which will include a place for children to dig and a mud kitchen. Over in Weddington the team worked hard to clear and prepare a space for the new raised beds which were also built and put in place on the day. Tracey Phipps, the Society’s Network Business Development Manager, organised and took part in the session in Broughton

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