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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Wed 3rd April 2019 - The Riverside - Newport. GG # 779.

Terry's Photographs.

The pre-session chat.

Then..straight into the work..!

The bed that we worked on last time...
looking better for a tidy up.

A far more presentable scene as we leave.

 "Where does all that rubbish go" I hear you ask...
into the compost heap of course! 
Bob's Photograph.

No, not a meeting of the Gilets Jaunes - just GG taking their 
tea break in the restaurant at The Riverside..!

This week, Team GG returned to The Riverside to continue our gardening duties around the site. As per usual, parking was a bit of a problem but everyone eventually found a slot although some had to pay for the local car park. It would be easier to say what we DIDN'T tackle during this session.. as people were deployed across the whole area to give the pathways, car parks and flowerbeds a really good makeover. Some of the areas would have been easier to access if people attending the facility had taken notice of the carefully placed traffic cones 😏 This was a well attended session and the catering staff had a job on their hands when we all turned of for tea & coffee plus sausage or bacon rolls - they were very well received, thank you..! Although it was a bit chilly first thing, the sun was soon peeking through the clouds and the layers of clothing were diminishing fast.

Many thanks to Terry for the photographs and to the staff at the Riverside for taking care of us at tea break time.

A note (or two) from Mark.

Hi Everyone

A quick note to relay the conversation I had with Laura at The Riverside, she was thrilled to see how good it all looked after all the work we did this morning. A huge well done to everyone. 

I've had this too from Karen from last week's session for the IW Veterans and forces Breakfast Club allotment.
Hi Mark,
I will check the photos out thank you.
Thank you personally and please thank all your team for all their great effort yesterday, the transformation is amazing and has now helped us a great deal towards the next stage of developing this site. I felt I should have said something to everyone but I am not one for speaking in front of a lot of people. I did manage to speak to a few individuals and thank them.
We will keep in touch and when it is finished you will have to come back and see it .
Thank you once again
Regards Karen 

thumbs up!
many thanks
Historical Note.

For those of you that were not around on the Island before The Riverside was built, I have included the map above. The three circles to just the lower right of centre were the gas storage tanks that were on the site originally. I seem to remember it was a costly job de-commissioning the tanks, removing them and then decontaminating the whole area.

And...finally...a photo from Alex...

Alex found this nice composite shot with the old map from above...overlaying a present day aerial shot. Look carefully and you can see the Riverside, car park etc "through" the top layer. Nice one Alex...👍

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