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Wimborne Minster church spruced up by volunteers

By mbarber  |  Posted: August 18, 2014

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The Heritage Camp volunteers with the chief executive designate Oonagh Aitken, left, Minster verger Ashley Coombs, churchwardens Francis Vine and Anthony Oliver and rector the Rev Vanessa Herrick. They are pictured with the Town Mayor Councillor Andy Hampton, who had himself been a volunteer and helped to clean Hereford Cathedral.

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Young volunteers are in Wimborne Minster this week helping to give the church a deep clean. The project, which is being organised by Community Service Volunteers (CSV), is part of a nationwide initiative.

The scheme works with volunteers aged 16-25, who spend one week camping onsite whilst helping to clean the country’s most historic buildings.

The young campers have been getting stuck into all areas of church life from painting walls to gardening.

Anthony Oliver, Minster churchwarden said: “It’s wonderful to see young people give something back to their community.”

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The camp is led by two experienced volunteer team leaders, Grace Lindley and Max Williams.

Grace said: “The camp is an opportunity to do something worthwhile and completely different over the summer, as well as learn about an interesting heritage site from a first-hand perspective. Our campers have been working hard but are also having lots of fun and getting to know new people.”

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