To support the work of Comic Relief 2013, students on the Moulton College full-time Stonemasonry course have, over the last five weeks, been taking individual orders from College staff, students and their families for bespoke, hand carved house name or number plaques in natural stone with ALL proceeds going to Comic Relief. The project has been greeted enthusiastically and completed orders have already raised £668.00 with more enquiries still coming in.
Stonemasonry student Alex Sargeant (pictured second left) said “This has been a great opportunity for us as a group to have the chance to carry out a project that helps to raise money for those that are far less fortunate than ourselves. As letter cutting isn’t part of our main curriculum it has enabled us to stretch and expand our skills and knowledge of working stone. Overall it has been an enjoyable and beneficial learning experience.”
Lecturer and project organiser Richard Hoyle explained “The students have to take part in a work related project in order to meet their college framework requirements. This project has enabled them to be involved in all stages of work -- the initial email enquiry, deposit payments and the processing/production of the lettered stones. In doing so they have learnt to appreciate and understand the pressures of real industry work and the associated administration that accompanies a project.”
Richard continues, “Being an extension of the normal curriculum, these 2nd year students are enriching and developing new, and very employable skills in the setting out and cutting of letters/numbers by hand. At the same time we are making as much money as possible for a very worthwhile cause.”
Photo: Receiving her carved plaque - Karen Sanders (Moulton College Director of Human Resources), from students Conal Neaves, Alex Sargeant and James Marlow.
The closing date for orders was Friday 15th March but don’t worry, due to popular demand the stonemasonry team is looking to run this as an annual charity event. The team will be taking orders again from January next year. Keep an eye on the college facebook ,twitter and web pages after Christmas.