The Redhouse Park Residents Association received grants from Vulcan Renewables Community Fund between 2019 and 2021, to help fund a project to construct and equip a community marquee.
The building process was a team effort being partially undertaken by residents on site, many of whom are tradesmen and had the skills needed to undertake the work.
The new marquee replaces a smaller one that had been irreparably damaged by winter weather, leaving the residents without a communal gathering space. The replacement offers a more professional solution with a hard-core base and insulation.
Amenities such as accessible toilets and a kitchen area enable it to be used as a social space for the residents serving as an event space for exercise clubs, bingo and the annual gala to name some, offering an all-weather programme throughout the year. The book corner, music corner and televisions area offer a space for residents to gather and share hobbies.
Terry Gibbs and Lynda Mackintosh, both trustees of the Vulcan Renewables Community Fund together with Michael Jarmuz, our regional feedstock manager, were very happy to attend the opening in July and to see the results of everyone’s hard work.
Linda Lawcock, Chairperson of the Residents Association commented “For me as Chair of the association it was wonderful to see the smiles on faces and hear the laughter of our residents. Many of the residents hadn’t seen the inside of the marquee and again, to see the delight on their faces when they first stepped through the door was wonderful. Now we have a facility that we can use all year round which is also accessible to our residents with reduced mobility. I am very excited and hopeful that the marquee will provide a facility to encourage the community spirit at Redhouse Park.”
Vulcan Renewables are delighted to have contributed to such a worthwhile project that benefits a local community and supports social outreach at such a crucial time.