On 21st September a team from Aggregates Midlands Commercial and Operations took part in what was to become a challenging but rewarding Lend-A-Hand day.
NNWEC is a riding school which offers riding or horse therapy to disabled people within Warwickshire. It helps build self-confidence and gives them an enjoyable day out and their carers a well-deserved break.
A long stretch of fence (30-40m) had been pushed against by horses being fed grass by the general public, so much that the fence was at a 45 degree angle and ready to break at any point and potentially let the horses loose onto playing fields.
The task was to demolish the old fence, construct a new fence for the horses, then put in a second fence to keep the public away from the horses and avoid the animals being fed something they shouldn’t eat and discourage the animals from pushing against the fence.
The charity then plan to plant a hedgerow in between to prevent this happening furthermore. Starting early, the team walked the site, checked CEMEX’s standard health & safety procedures and risk assess the day’s work., then got to business!
Phil Hiden and Simon Cooke did an amazing job with the post hole borer (not an easy task!) while the rest of us started dismantling the old fence. The first row of fence went in at a slow pace as the posts were large and required a lot of labour.
Apart from one tough section we were finished the first row by lunch. On the afternoon shift we became a well-oiled machine! Everyone knew what they were doing and the second row went up at quite a pace.
The job was complete by 3.30pm and the horses were back in the paddock moments after the last tool was taken back to the van. Sandra Haddon (owner) was over the moon at a job well done.