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The poor state of the Bandstand in Newsham Park was raised repeatedly in our conversations with local people. Built in 1859, it had been shown little love since and, in 2012, had recently been subject to arson and appeared beyond al hope. From the local authority’s point of view, why try and restore something which had no current use.
Over two years, we brought together a group of local people who were willing to take the risk of asking for forgiveness and not permission. Using some highly skilled local voluntary labour, the iron uprights were, painstakingly and lovingly, stripped and sealed. This prompted the local authority to commission the work to have the roof repaired and the uprights repainted, thus preserving the bandstand for future generations' work. Our efforts inspired the Eden Project to come and film us for their Stories for Inspiration Archive.