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Downderry Methodist Church community project receives support from the C100

20 January 2016

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The Downderry Methodist Church community project received £1,200 from the business club of the Cornwall Community Foundation towards development of a sensory garden in the church grounds. Cornwall 100 Club members Helen J Marks, Plymouth and Cornwall Area Director of HSBC and Louise Oldham, Marketing Manager of Cornwall Glass visited the project.  

The development of the sensory garden is part of a larger community project of the overall plan to make the Downderry Methodist Church more accessible. This will benefit those that currently use the space and those who are presently unable to use it due to inaccessibility. The church hosts a wide range of activities including a fortnightly Memory Café, a Bread and Babes group (weekly drop in for parents and toddlers), a choir, the WI and more. The activities are attended by people from the villages of Seaton, Downderry, Narkurs, Polbathic, Millbrook, Crafthole and Hessenford.

The Bread and Babies is the only parent and child group within the village and the new garden will enrich their activities. The present area has wonderful views but has poor soil, is weedy and dull. The garden area will be made safer and more stimulating for young children attending. The memory café group has 21 members, and has run for 5 years and has had frequent garden planting sessions. One carer made 2 raised planters and another has donated a second hand table and chairs. The members have been asking for much firmer footing in the garden and for some shade in the sunny weather. The C100 funded project will create more seating and storage for garden tools.

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“It is very rewarding to see how far the award from the business club goes. It is wonderful how delighted the team of dedicated members of the community are now that they can finally bring their long-planned sensory garden project to life.” said Helen J Marks.

Louise Oldham said: “The Coastal Zone offers important community group activity for the residents of Downderry and the surrounding areas. The grant has commenced the transformation of their outside garden project which will have something for people of all ages and needs.”

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