On Sunday 28th October, on what was initially a very cold and wet day, cadets from Ipswich and Martlesham attended Stratford Court, Whitton, Ipswich, to take part in a community project. The location is housing for vulnerable and elderly residents and the cadets had been approached to assist with some gardening for those residents who were unable to clear their own gardens due to physical or mental disabilities, or just old age.

Approximately 12 cadets and 3 leaders turned up on the day for what seemed to be quite a daunting task, as some of the gardens were very overgrown with weeds and dead plants. However, after breaking down into 3 groups, the cadets took the task in hand, working very diligently with tools that were either borrowed from the residents or bought from their own funds. Some of them even appeared to be enjoying getting their hands dirty!! With refreshments of bacon rolls, provided by Matt Breeze, one of the cadet leaders, and drinks provided by the residents association, before long the gardens were tidied and a job was well done.

Maureen Gladwell, one of the housing association managers and our liaison for the project, was very pleased with the work completed as were the residents themselves.

Maureen says:

Thank you so much for your sterling efforts here at Stratford court on Sunday.  It was a bit chilly and the rain threatened most of the day but in spite of this it looks as if there was a lot of work done and the tenants I have seen so far this morning are very pleased to have had you onsite". 

Suffolk VPC hard at work!!
Suffolk VPC hard at work
Where's he bin!!
Getting the area in shape
Hard at it