One man’s Labour of love in Church Aston
Back in 1965 a bench was given on behalf of the Womens Institute and was places outside a bungalow in Church Aston.
It doesn’t really belong to anyone, and over the last 50 or so years has been ravaged by the weather and the sun’s rays. The wood has bleached and cracked, and because it’s not owned by anyone, it’s been neglected.
Robin Maddox decided that he wanted to restore the bench and give a little back to society in a small way, seeing as society and the NHS gave him his life back, following transplant surgery.
He cleaned the bricks and repointed the mortar of the seats base. He stripped back the components of the bench and lovingly sanded and repaired each part before reassembling and staining the bench.
The results are stunning. It may only be a bench in a small village in Shropshire, but this bench represents so much more to the village, society and Robin Maddox.
Here’s to another 50 years of service for Robins Bench. “Its for anyone to sit on, it doesn’t belong to me, but the Spinney now has an attractive seat to sit on.”