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Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof

by Rotary Club of Four Marks and Medstead Trust Fund
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Raising the Roof, remove asbestos, add new roof
Admin desk
Admin desk

2019 has seen an amazing project succeed in both its first and second objectives. The asbestos roof has been replaced and now has energy efficient LED lighting providing better economy and much-improved illumination of the arena. This was completed last year and this year we have ensured that the voluntary and paid staff have a warm place to do their administrative tasks and the parents and carers for the pupils have a great view of the arena and the children without the wind whistling around them outside.

This may not seem too important at the moment in the bright sunshine but come the autumn and the winter, it will make a huge difference. The wheelchair ramp and stairs make access possible for everyone.

As you will see from the images, the viewing gallery is now in use although the weather has not put much of a strain on that usage yet. We would still welcome volunteers for the finishing stage, but things are improving fast, as you can see. The final touch will be the mirror covering for the gallery windows so that the pupils will not be distracted by watchers in the gallery. The next quarter will not see much change as we now concentrate on raising funds for proper toilet facilities and a new therapy centre.

The next quarter will not see much change as we now concentrate on raising funds for proper toilet facilities and a new therapy centre.

Thank you to all our volunteers and donors. If you would like to help, please contact us via our website: https://www.broadlandsgrouprda.org.uk/

A clear view
A clear view
Wheelchair access
Wheelchair access
The rear of the viewing gallery and the new barn
The rear of the viewing gallery and the new barn

Although good progress was made early on, completion of the viewing gallery/office/hay barn took longer than we had hoped. Much has happened since the start of the year, however, and it is now near to completion. The image above shows the rear of the viewing gallery on the left with the completed barn to the right.

As you can see, the main building work is complete and the barn ready to use when access is complete. This will only happen when the viewing gallery and ramp are finished. All that is required is the wheelchair access ramp up to the gallery, heating installed, and the room finished for use (volunteers to help with painting will be much welcome).

The next image shows three windows on the right which will be coated on the school side with a mirror effect so that they can be used as a mirror by the riders and the staff while the families, teachers, carers and guests watching will be able to view from within the warmth of the gallery without distracting the riders. There are six windows in total, only three of which are in this image.

I have included some other pictures to show the configuration. I expect the stairs to be usable soon and then work on the ramp will begin.

All of this has been helped immensely by your kind donations. Once finished, we will be able to look at the next stage, the therapy school. The intention is that this will benefit a much wider range of people, not focussed just on children, with a number of conditions that can benefit from equine therapy such as accident victims and those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Yard Manager, Jacky Nuth, has undergone training as an Equine Therapist and is already using her knowledge to help even more than she has before.

Viewing gallery from the inside
Viewing gallery from the inside
Door of viewing gallery, steps being built
Door of viewing gallery, steps being built
View to the gallery windows
View to the gallery windows
Inside the school towards the gallery windows
Inside the school towards the gallery windows
Close up of the gallery
Close up of the gallery
New viewing gallery and hay barn
New viewing gallery and hay barn

End of 2018 Progress

It’s hard to believe that the Global Giving project for Broadlands RDA has been going for more than a year. The asbestos roof was removed, a new roof put in place with an increased footprint to make way for a new integral hay barn, viewing gallery including access for wheelchairs and a small office area for staff and volunteers.

This autumn has seen work begin on the hay barn itself as well as the new viewing gallery which will allow parents and carers to watch their children in comfort instead of standing around in the icy winter winds. The staff and volunteers will also appreciate a warm office area for admin. I have included some images of the ongoing work. This should be completed by the end of January.

Adam joins Broadlands RDA

On my visit today, I also met Adam on his first visit to Broadlands. Adam is eight and has been able to ride before at another stable, but when he moved up a class, he was no longer eligible. He was very happy to be riding again today. He was deprived of oxygen during birth for a considerable period which resulted in a number of difficulties. Riding will help to strengthen his core muscles and give him confidence and, most importantly, he is visibly happier when riding. He can be seen with Suzanne and two of the volunteers in one of the attached photographs.

I also saw Tom again today. He recently rode all the way home with his helpers and is very proud of this achievement. I am constantly amazed by the growing confidence of all the children who take part here. No matter what the disability is, I have seen improvements in happiness and health in all, adults as well as children.

What's next?

Once the viewing gallery is completed with the office and hay barn, we will be looking at improving the equine therapy facilities. We are very aware of how much difference every donor makes. Please accept our deepest thanks for all you have done and don't forget about us. We are not just a school, not just stables, we are a community of people, volunteers, staff, families including parents and siblings as well as carers and supporters.

New viewing gallery and hay barn front
New viewing gallery and hay barn front
Adam joins Broadlands RDA
Adam joins Broadlands RDA
Tom
Tom
Hay barn
Hay barn
East and West Elevations
East and West Elevations

The Roof is On!

The new roof is now fully in place with LED lighting installed and an extension framework and roof for Phase 1b is in place at the stable end. It is a wonderful achievement and means that the primary objective has been achieved to keep the school open and running.

Phase 1b is to build the internal structure in the extension to include a new hay barn, viewing gallery with a disabled access ramp as well as steps and a new office. There have been some changes to the original plan to reduce costs and speed up the work, the office being one of these objectives. I have been able to get copies of the architectural drawings for the extension. The extension has been increased in size; The viewing gallery will include additional features so that it can function as an indoor office for those who work and volunteer. This will be hugely welcome in the winter months when previously the only available space was the tack room, cold and very expensive to heat. The viewing gallery will offer a warm environment for parents and volunteers and will be fitted with one-way glass so that the school can be observed without the students having concerns about anyone who might be watching. This in turn will boost their confidence as they progress.

Enough funds have now been received so that the work can begin on Phase 1b although we need to press on with fundraising to get the work completed in time for Christmas and the cold weather at the top of the hill. Although the views may be inspiring even in winter, the wind is not.

Because the roof is complete, I will be looking at modifying the project title and objectives as they stand. Watch this space!

Our Rotary District Governor, Allan Smith, and Assistant District Governor, Linda Lawson, were able to visit Broadlands on 27th September to see what has been achieved so far. They were both really inspired by the success as they watched 3 new students on their first ride. We were also able to speak in detail with Nigel Hoppitt, the Governor of the Board of Trustees at Broadlands, who is an immense source of information about the facilities and what they achieve for the students. I also spent a little time giving Rowan a cuddle. Her top half was a gift from our local Rotary when it was first founded and is now proving to be a particularly effective horse in assisting with therapy, particularly for those who have suffered trauma.

South and North Elevations showing the extension
South and North Elevations showing the extension
Full Site Plan
Full Site Plan
Nigel Hoppit talking to Rotary District Governor
Nigel Hoppit talking to Rotary District Governor
George and the van
George and the van

Here we are, at the beginning of July. I visited Broadlands on Friday, collected some photographs from Suzanne and took a few of my own, so now I can provide the rebuild story so far, with illustrations!

First, though, let me show you George. During the rebuild, he looked out of his stable to be faced by one of the workmen's vans. This was understandably confusing, but he has seen a lot of action since the start of the work. I suspect he heaved a sigh and decided that this was harmless.

After scraping away the old surface, the crew needed to lay down a solid secure surface on which the vehicles that would be used to remove the old roof would rest. The resulting pile of material was heaped on a giant tarpaulin after the old surface had been taken away. You can see the old moss-covered asbestos roof in the background.

Next is the lift, hoisting one of the workmen wearing protective gear, ready to begin removal. This removal had to go slowly to ensure full safety. Then a new steel framework was erected to replace the old one which, although strong enough to hold up the old roof, was showing significant signs of age.

To guard the new frame, workmen now needed to paint it; a slow and laborious but essential stage.

And finally, the new roof is on, although just the riding area. Preparation has started for the new hay barn and viewing gallery although we do need more funds to finish this work along with the wheelchair accessible viewing gallery. In the meantime, once the new lights have been erected in the new roof, the school itself will shortly be ready for use, just in time for the Open Day on Saturday, 7th July.

The Pile
The Pile
Hoist
Hoist
The new frame
The new frame
Painting the frame
Painting the frame
Still rising
Still rising
 

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Rotary Club of Four Marks and Medstead Trust Fund

Location: Medstead, ALTON - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Sally Duncan
Medstead, ALTON, Hampshire United Kingdom
$15,490 raised of $261,691 goal
 
255 donations
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