Bench mark – seats restored in memory of Lena and Sarah

A COUPLE of memorial benches on the Tame Valley Way have received much needed facelifts courtesy of volunteer handymen.

Men in Sheds, based at Waterside Mill, Greenfield, answered a call to help renovate the weather-worn seats following a story in the Independent earlier this year.

Oldham Council also stepped into help transport the benches to and from Men in Sheds’ workshop while Greenfield and Grasscroft Residents’ Association (GGRA) provided a donation towards the refurbishment.

The seats are in scenic locations on the well-used footpath between the village and Friezland horse area and remembered local ladies Lena Burton and Sarah Jolly.Sadly, one dog walker chose to dump a poo bag on the newly repaired and polished wood only days after the seat was put back.

A spokesperson for GGRA said: “The benches are for use by our community. Men in Sheds have done a great job restoring them and we are more than happy to provide a donation.

“It’s a shame someone can be so disrespectful and dump a bag of poo on the seat. There are plenty of bins along the path.”

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