You’re all saints!

PUBLISHED: 09:33 31 October 2011 | UPDATED: 15:36 01 November 2011

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PHOTO GALLERY: Volunteers paint All Saints and District Village Hall - motivated by local resident Jon Goss.

They say many hands make light work and that was certainly true in All Saints, near Axminster, last weekend.

A small army of 16 volunteers rolled up their sleeves and gave the village hall a fresh coat of paint.

Midweek Herald editor Belinda Bennett and reporter Katy Griffin were among them.

The project, supported by Bradfords in Axminster, was the brainchild of villager Jon Goss.

Built in 1972, the hall’s exterior had not been painted for at least 15 years.

Overcast skies and a blustery wind failed to dampen spirits as Martin Ellis, the hall committee’s chairman, and Clive Bareham, vice chairman, led the start of work at 9am prompt.

“It’s an excellent turnout,” said Mr Bareham.

“There were 12 people on my list, so another four people have turned up on the day.”

He added: “Jon Goss was the motivator behind it all.

“He’s put all his time in to do the necessary preparation.

“Fair play to him.”

The first coat of paint was on in less than two hours, prompting Jo Ellis to whip up some refreshments followed by a cooked lunch - all prepared in the hall’s kitchen.

It really was a case of waiting for the paint to dry - so a second coat could be applied.

In no time at all, All Saints and District Village Hall looked almost brand new - and that is why the Midweek Herald is this week honouring villagers with the Good Egg Award.

Picture spread in this week’s Herald.


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