LEST WE FORGET
Back in 2018 the Royal British Legion started marketing silhouettes figures of solders, airmen, sailors, nurses, munitions worker etc. The purpose of this being to commemorate those who had given their lives in two World Wars on the centenary of the armistice that ended the first one, and to raise funds for the ongoing assistance of ex-service personnel.
In recognition of those lost locally (almost all soldiers) Abinger Parish bought five Tommy silhouettes, one for each of the villages in the parish. These were popular with parishioners and they have done good service, being transported around and positioned as needed each November for five years. However although the silhouettes have angle iron legs the bodies are made of plastic and these were starting to show significant wear and tear. Minor repairs were carried out year on year, but one figure had the rifle butt snapped off and was nearly broken in half in the autumn gales of 2022.
Major repairs were required and Cranleigh Men’s shed made plates from 3mm aluminium sheet to both back and reinforce the damaged areas, riveting these in position. The figure was then re-painted as necessary and returned to “active service”.
CRANLEIGH GOLF and LEISURE CLUB MEMORIAL BENCH
We were asked by the Craneligh Golf and Leisure Club if we could save a memorial bench that had been made from recycled timber and was on the point of collapse.
Taking the bench back to our workshop we removed and replaced all the rotten timber, strenghtened some sections and replaced the back rest with newly foraged timber.
The bench was delivered back to the club and now sits happily adjacent to the ladies first tee to the delight of members.
CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU
The entrance door to Cranleigh Citizens Advice Bureau was in a poor condition and rotting badly. A new door was purchased and donated by Cranleigh Lions and subsequently installed by Cranleigh Men's Shed.
HIGH STREET BOLLARDS
We were asked by the Cranleigh Arts Centre to prepare 12 street bollards ready for painting as part of their street art project.
Local artists painted designs depicting local clubs and associations who were invited to submit their designs, including the Cranleigh Men's Shed design!