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Decorating volunteers flush with success

A team of volunteers have taken up their paint brushes to put the finishing touches to their new "community shed".

The shed has been created out of a redundant toilet block in London Road, Boston - next to Harvest petrol station.

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Cllr Mike Gilbert, third from left, with Jody Raggo, fourth from left, and decorating volunteers at the new community shed

It will be used to house equipment such as litter pickers, road sweeping tools and lawn mowers, belonging to two residents' groups. High Street South Residents' Group and Witham Central and Carlton Road Residents' Group use the equipment for community projects.

Jody Raggo, secretary of both groups, said: "Until now our equipment has been dotted about in various places, generally in the garden sheds of various of our generous members.

"This shed will allow us to have everything in one place and for it to be constantly accessible to all our members when it is needed.

"In addition, the shed will have tea and coffee making facilities and be a central base for our volunteers to shelter and meet before, during and after tasks.

"The toilet block has been closed for around 20 years and finding a use for it is an issue that has been raised constantly at our meetings."

All but one toilet and cubicle have been stripped out of the block, leaving a large open area for storage.

That work was done by Boston Borough Council's Boston Town Area Committee (BTAC), which has also committed to covering insurance and ongoing costs.

Now, the residents' groups plan to paint the interior of the shed and clean-up the outside area.

The exterior work will be scheduled for when the weather improves.

The groups would love to hear from anyone who can offer a helping hand.

Jody, who also works for Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service, said: "We're always keen to hear from anyone who wants to get involved in helping to improve the communities our residents' groups serve.

"Our dedicated members go out regularly to do things like clean up areas that are otherwise overlooked or mow communal grass areas that have become overgrown.

"The shed painting project would be an ideal opportunity to come and get to know us all without having to give any firm commitment to longer-term involvement.

"It would also be a fun team-building exercise for any local business that wanted to mobilise their staff to give something back to the community."

The groups are also particularly keen to attract members with financial skills to assist their work.

If you know a team that could be convinced to help out or are an individual who would like to get involved, contact Jody on 07903 857263

The community hub was the brainchild of Cllr Mike Gilbert, who is chairman of BTAC.

He emphasised the need for this type of community project and urged local people to come forward to lend a hand and get involved in work that will benefit the whole community.