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.
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