The seat with its stone pillars and hardwood benchtop was installed by the Victoria's Garden Scheme in 1991 to commemorate the under-grounding of power and telephone services in 1990 (see the full story on our Home page.) Over the years, time – and two construction material trucks crashing into it in recent years – had taken its toll. The timber benchtop was badly rotting at one end and had become completely detached from the stone pillars so it was not really safe any more.
Using a couple of old hardwood railway sleepers and some brackets, landscaping glue, screws and mortar last week, the seat top was rebuilt and is now very solid and well connected to the stone pillars again ready for the next thirty years!
The weather forecast wasn't promising but we were lucky and the rain held off for the morning so just about everything that was planned for today got done.
Friends of Edna Walling at Bickleigh Vale Village