Construction students create wishing well for Rotary Club

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Construction students from New College Lanarkshire have officially handed over a wishing well to the Rotary Club of Cumbernauld.

Five students from the Construction Pre-Apprentice course joined the club’s President Bobby Johnstone and Danny Shearer, the College’s Assistant Head of Faculty for Engineering, at the handover.

The well, which will gather funds for local charitable projects, is located on the first floor walkway that links the new and old sections of Cumbernauld’s town centre.

The Cumbernauld Wishing Well Project arose after the Rotary Club of Cumbernauld approached Tom Dodds, then Assistant Principal at the College, to find out if students could build a wishing well.

Staff in the Faculty for Engineering then worked collaboratively to deliver the project: joinery lecturer Robert McCulloch designed the timber frame for his students to build using recycled materials where possible; fabrication lecturer Derek Shearer manufactured the metal grille to keep monies secure; while students on the Females into Construction course applied the finishing coatings.

Staff from the Cumbernauld Campus – including Stuart McPherson, David Reid and members of the Estates team – installed the well in position in the town centre.

The project took just three weeks from beginning to completion.

Danny Shearer, Assistant Head of Faculty of Engineering, said: “We were delighted to be able to assist the Rotary Club of Cumbernauld in their fundraising efforts.

“All of the staff and students involved in the design and construction of the wishing well really enjoyed it.

“I’d particularly like to thank lecturer Robert McCulloch, who took a very rough idea and designed a lovely wishing well feature, which will hopefully help the Rotary Club raise funds for their good causes for many years to come.”

Student Helena Montague, 21, from Motherwell, said: “It was a great project to work on for a really good cause.

“My fellow students and I really enjoyed working on the wishing well, and we think it looks great in its final position in Cumbernauld Town Centre.”

Since being put in place in mid-July, generous passers-by have donated more than £200 in the well.

Club president Bobby Johnstone said: “It is amazing to see the quality of the craftsmanship produced by the Construction Pre-Apprentices.

“They are a credit to the College and their lecturers and I am sure they will go on to be great craftsmen and craftswomen in the future.

“Every penny raised by the wishing well will go towards local charities and good causes.”

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