A TEAM of sewers have donated money to purchase a memorial bench for a country park as a way to celebrate how the community came together during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Eleanor Evans and her sewing team created a Bishopdown Mask Tree on the corner of St Teresa’s Close and St Clements Way on Bishopdown Farm Estate to provide face coverings to anyone who might need one.

Through the mask tree the group raised more than £1500, £700 of which was donated to the Castle Hill Country Park for the bench.

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The Bishopdown Farm Sewing Group gave their time and efforts and the local community gave generously through their donations.

On Saturday, September 19, Councillor Nick Baker, the chair of Laverstock and Ford Parish Council, accepted the memorial bench which is in honour to those who contributed to project overlooks both Bishopdown Farm and Laverstock.

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Councillor Baker said: "The work of the sewing group is a great example of how the community have come together in the face of the Covid pandemic, with a small group of people using their time and skills to support many others. To raise over £1,500 while doing this is a great achievement and shows both the appreciation and generosity of the Bishopdown Farm community."

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Eleanor Evans, the leader of the Bishopdown Farm Sewing Group, added: “This will serve as a long-term reminder of some of the more positive aspects of community life which have resulted from the pandemic, and the efforts of the sewing community specifically."