Volunteers begin repairs to historic local bridge at risk of losing protected status – Hackney Citizen
Last week, a group of local residents began repairing the historic Three Colts Bridge near Victoria Park – as part of an event marking Volunteer Week.
The bridge, built in 1830 over the Hertford Union Canal, is in danger of losing its Grade II* listed status.
Thus, on June 1, a group of residents organized by the Volunteer Center Hackney (VCH) set out to restore it to its former glory, with the help of the Canal & River Trust (CRT).
They began by removing the old mortar using hammers and chisels, before adding freshly mixed lime mortar in a process known as pointing.
According to CRT, the new mortar should last at least 50 years.
Volunteers also jumped into canoes to pick up floating trash.
Two of them, Zulekha Akhoon and Fawzia Mohabeer, said: “We have never done anything like kayaking before. We were made very welcome and had a great time. We would definitely volunteer again.
The event marked the start of the annual Volunteer Week, which raises awareness of the impact of volunteers across the UK.
VCH Chief Lauren Tobias was on hand to thank participants and encourage them to involve their friends in volunteering.
She said: “You will meet new people, make new friends and learn to do new things. Volunteers enrich communities: creating groups, sharing expertise and experience.
“We all benefit from volunteering! So why not make Volunteer Week the time to give it a shot? »
More than ever, volunteers are needed to help organizations that support borough residents.
Since the start of the pandemic, VCH has provided more than 1,000 vaccination center stewards and trained 268 community supporters to offer friendship to socially isolated people.
If you are interested in volunteering, find out about vchackney.org.