Students give Royal British Legion a base to be proud of

South Cheshire CollegeConstruction students have helped to give the Crewe branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) a new base to be proud of.

Plumbing, Joinery and Painting and Decorating students at South Cheshire College stepped in to completely revamp a new office for the branch next door to the Municipal Buildings in Crewe town centre.

Groups of students have painted the office space, hung doors, carried out essential plumbing work and fitted cupboards in the adjoining office kitchen as part of the project.

Crewe RBLThe Royal British Legion were previously based in Crewe Indoor market but when the space in the market needed to be let for commercial use, Cheshire East Council Leader Michael Jones stepped into help.

The group was offered a new space in the former information office and college students and other local companies stepped in to help transform the new facility which will be used as a branch office and Welfare Outreach Centre.

Now, the Royal British Legion will be able to continue counselling serviceman suffering the after-effects of the horrors of the war from the facility.

Stuart Kay, Chairman of the Crewe RBL branch, is delighted with the new facility in the heart of Crewe.

Stephen KayStuart said:
“We are thrilled with the work that has been done to help us relocate to the new office.

“We are very grateful to all the groups which have helped out and to students at South Cheshire College who have carried out all the internal work free of charge.

“Hopefully, this has given students the opportunity to get stuck into a project in the local community and they can all be very proud of what they have achieved.”

Students have been supervised by college lecturers throughout the project which has given them a great chance to showcase their skills.

Site Joinery Level 2 student Ryan Thomas has been involved on the joinery side of the revamp.

Ryan, 21, of Crewe, who attends college once a week while working full time for PBS Properties in Middlewich, said:
“This has been a great project and I’ve enjoyed fitting the kitchen and doing other joinery work to get the office ready to open.”

Groups and organisations which have made donations and offered help to get the office up-and-running include the Probation Service, Abbey Blinds, Howdens Joinery, Economy House and Wulvern Housing.

Dawn Clark, Partnership Manager for the Communities Team at Cheshire East Council, said:
“The students have done a great job and this whole project has been an excellent example of partnership working.

“We are very pleased that the RBL have a new home which will continue to serve members of the branch and the local community.”

For more information about construction courses at South Cheshire College, please call 01270 654654 or visit www.scc.ac.uk

Students Tom Edwards, 17, fourth left, Ryan Thomas, 21, centre, and Jacob Gater, 18, second right, pictured with members of the Crewe Royal British Legion, Branch chairman Stuart Kay, fourth right and Cheshire East Council Partnership Manager Dawn Clark, third left.

Students Tom Edwards, 17, fourth left, Ryan Thomas, 21, centre, and Jacob Gater, 18, second right, pictured with members of the Crewe Royal British Legion, Branch chairman Stuart Kay, fourth right and Cheshire East Council Partnership Manager Dawn Clark, third left.