Group lends a hand to spruce up memorial park

The volunteers from Pinnacle at Bailiff Bridge who are helping to clear up the area. Pictured with supervisor Steve Holmes (right)

The volunteers from Pinnacle at Bailiff Bridge who are helping to clear up the area. Pictured with supervisor Steve Holmes (right)

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A TEAM of men have been turning their hands to new crafts in a bid to spruce up Bailiff Bridge.

The small group attend Pinnacle People based at Bailiff Bridge Community Centre. The group is for people who have been unemployed for at least 12 months in a bid to get them back into work by building confidence and self esteem and learning new skills.

Over the past 18 months they have been working in Bailiff Bridge Memorial Park which was finished four years ago and doing general repair work.

They have replaced 50 broken flags in the area thanks to a donation from Marshalls, and rebedded some of the loose ones. They have worked on the pavilion and restained the benches and even built a retaining wall at the community centre as well as building a bin shed and various garden work.

Supervisor Steve Holmes said they were all volunteers. “Some of them have never done work like this before so hopefully they will pick up new skills and confidence which will bring back some self esteem which seems to have been knocked out of them.

“They come and get stuck on and tend to really enjoy it. Most of them are up for trying anything.”

Chair of Bailiff Bridge Residents’ Association, Malcolm Sikstone, said they were very fortunate to have their support. “I had mentioned there was a few weeds in the park and at the community centre and when I returned it had been done. They have really enjoyed getting involved and we get a lot of people commenting about how well they are doing. I will have no hesitation in giving anyone of them a reference for a job because they are such good workers.

“With all the cuts Calderdale Council is facing this group is really helping to keep the area looking its best. The Safer Cleaner Greener team do a fantastic job as well. But this just helps to keep up the standard so we can keep gaining the Green Flag status.”

Manager at the community centre Julia Baldwin said it had been nice having them around. “Any job you can’t do or if they see you struggling they come and help. It is lovely. They have been really good. It is obviously a lot cleaner and tidier than if we didn’t have them. They have worked so hard it is shame there is no permanent work for them.”