On Tuesday 17 May, two members of our team, Joe Millington and Stacey French, went along to Chilworth House Lower School to take part in a volunteering day. Volunteering days are organised by the Rotary Club of Thame and District as part of their Business in the Community programme and provide much-needed assistance to local organisations.

Here’s what Joe and Stacey had to say about the day:

What we did:

Joe spent the morning digging up and clearing all the weeds from the garden, while Stacey got to work painting the perimeter fence alongside many students from the school, who offered their help.
After a lovely barbecue put on by the school, we started the afternoon work. Flowers were planted across seven flower beds before fresh bark chipping was laid. The final task was to finish up the painting. Stacey continued the perimeter fence and Joe painted the flower beds and bench within the garden.

How we found it:

The day was really rewarding from start to finish. The work was a challenge, and so it was lovely that all the kids were keen to get involved with the transformation and talk to us about what we were doing. The other volunteers were also great to work with, everyone in the team played their part and got along well and we thank Rotary for the opportunity to be involved in a project that meant a lot to the school.


John Singer from Rotary Thame thanked Joe and Stacey for supporting the project at Chilworth School.

We had a fantastic day – even the weather was kind. The school were delighted with the result and during the day they were really pleased with the interaction with many of the children, which is so important. I hope that Stacey and Joe enjoyed themselves – it was quite a demanding project.”

Our team members are looking forward to helping at the next volunteering project, which takes place in September.