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06 December 2016

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Personnel Services Flight’s Big-Dig For The Local Community


THE human resources (HR) staff at RAF Shawbury all work in the Personnel Services Flight (PSF); as a team they decided that they should do something for the local Shawbury community.

As four personnel within their small team have children that attend St Mary's CE School in Shawbury village they decided to contact the school to see if they needed any help. Sergeant Eleanor Brien, who heads the Service Discipline section approached the headmaster, Mr Mark Davies and he welcomed their offer of help; after gathering his thoughts he told them that the school really needed to extend the car park, but did not have the funding for the labour and machinery required. He asked if the team would be able to dig out the footings to extend the car park and the PSF team immediately agreed to help.


So, on 24th November, six PSF personnel armed with forks, spades and shovels arrived at St Mary’s School. Mr Davies provided the wheel barrows, pick axes and much needed brews (tea and coffee)! At 12:00 mid-day they began the big dig - an area of 20M² required to be dug out to a depth of 30cms. At first their dig went well and the team’s good humour helped them toil away as the soil was slowly removed; their spirits were lifted higher when a few of their own children came to encourage and assist them during their lunch break. However, after 3 hours of relatively easy digging, the PSF team hit a seam of clay - lots of CLAY! This made the last part of their dig a little emotional to say the least. Running out of daylight hours, the teams willpower shone through, the clay was stubborn, but the team were determined to complete the job; after 5hrs the big dig was finally finished. Estimates for the large mound of waste material they removed were in excess of 2 tonnes.

Mr Davies was extremely grateful, admitting that he didn't actually think they would finish the task in one afternoon. The team also conceded that at one point they also thought they would have to return to complete the job.

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