So work commenced in earnest on the 11th December with a lot of clearing and cleaning of the old Calf Rearing Barn which we are re-modelling (slightly!) to be our new and first official HQ.
It’s quite serendipitous that the Barn previously used for rearing young calves will now be used to support the development of young people, to be strong, confident and resilient through their cycling adventures. #morekidsonbikes
We have already been sharing some photo updates via social media but we thought the blog would allow us to record and share the story behind the photos.
And so the work begins…
With a few more hands on deck, including master builder, @bikedoctordave we started laying out and building our internal and nicely insulated workshop area. The workshop area needs to be well insulated to ensure none of the heat generated by our busy mechanics goes to waste. Our bike storage within in the barn will not be fully insulated, at least at first, although a nice little wood burner has turned up on site to take the chill off the larger barn.
The work has continued through Christmas and will into New Year with first fix for our roller and access door at the front of the barn. More pictures on this to come next week.
There is still a lot of work to do; electricity fit out, water fit out, bike racks, storage shelves and tools and equipment – not to mention moving our kit from our various stores! Will keep you posted with progress and any volunteer helping opportunities.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.