BY PADRAIG BYRNE
Work got under way yesterday on the Wexford People’s entry in the “Get Involved 2013” local newspaper community project competition.
ëGet Involvedí is a community initiative that will be the central theme for Local Newspaper Week 2013 and will see 51 local newspapers from across the country become champions/coordinators of community projects that will create a sense of pride and motivation within each newspaperís catchment area.
The Wexford People’s project aims to transform the garden at the FAB Community House in Ferndale for the benefit of the people of Ferndale and surrounding housing estates creating a real sense of pride in the area.
A number of local businesses have been encouraged to ëget involvedí with the project in recent weeks which will have national profile through the final awards ceremony, which will be judged by award winning architect and well-known TV presenter Duncan Stewart as well as a number of provincial judges.
Project Manager, Ned Tench, is happy with the level of support received so far, however he is also hoping that people and businesses will continue to contribute materials as well as their time if the project is to be finished on schedule.
“Traynors Hardware have been very good to us,” said Ned. “Theyíve donated a lot of things like paint brushes, paint, sweeping brushes and spades, all of which are vital to the project.
“Also Boggan’s concrete have been very good to us and they are going to provide us with the concrete and sand that we need. The Wexford People were good enough to give us €1,000 which we were able to spend on wood and other supplies too.
ëWeíre very happy with everyoneís contribution so far but we still have a few things left on our wish-list however. I suppose topsoil and paving slabs and maybe a few trellises for the walls are the things we require the most at the minute and weíre hoping that people will come forward and donate them if they can. If not weíll have to get a hold of them some other way.
Other things included on the wish-list for the project are Garden Furniture, shrubs, plants and seeds, a PVC door for the front porch, a small water fountain and cabling, bags of coloured pebbles for decorative features, a small greenhouse and perhaps some indoor plants for the general decoration of the house.
Itís not just local businesses who are donating materials to the project either. Amy Murphy showed wonderful kindness by donating a set of solar lights she purchased for the project and it is now hoped that others will follow suit and give what they can.
Around five volunteers got the project under way at FAB yesterday (Monday), and it was a busy day according to Ned. ëIt was busy enough getting started,í he said. ëToday we mowed all the grass and tidied up a bit and did a bit of planing. Weíre hoping to pour concrete tomorrow (Tuesday) and start on the paths and flower beds and things like that. Hopefully itíll begin to take shape fairly quickly after that.í
Ned is aiming to have the project completed by the end of the week if everything goes to plan and if people are generous with their time and materials. ëWeíre hoping to have everything done by Friday,í he said. ëWe hope that people will drop up to us here at the house and lend a hand so that we can have it completed on time.
For local businesses or readers who wish to get involved with the project, or contribute much needed materials, get in touch by calling the offices of The Wexford People on 053 9140100 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.