CLOCKING ON: Roger Peat gives the Shepherd’s Hut, at The Witham, a new lick of paint
CLOCKING ON: Roger Peat gives the Shepherd’s Hut, at The Witham, a new lick of paint

A DEDICATED group of volunteers dubbed “The Workers” are back in business and have begun carrying out odd jobs around Barnard Castle.
After an enforced absence due to the pandemic, the volunteers were last week helping prepare The Witham for its reopening.
Benches were being sanded down, weeds removed from the rear paths and garden and the Shepherd’s Hut was given a new lick of paint ready to welcome visitors when the easing of restrictions allows.
The workers first began to help keep the Barney looking spick and span about four years ago, with the town’s former deputy mayor Roger Peat co-ordinating their efforts. Although Mr Peat has since left the town council, he continues to help organise the group's efforts.
He said the volunteers were keen to resume their efforts.
“They had been in touch wanting to get going again.”
During their enforced hiatus, the workers’ group has become affiliated to Barnard Castle Christmas Lights and is planning a busy few months.
Mr Peat said the group had permission to tackle the graffiti and dirt in Star Yard as its next project.
The workers will also ensure the flowers at Amen Corner look their best throughout the summer.
The group is also planning to spruce up the Roman Way picnic area (formerly the Sculpture Garden) near Scar Top.
In the past, the workers have tackled everything from laying down road chippings to improve the surface near the town cemetery to weeding on the Demesnes.
Anyone interested in getting involved with the workers can contact Mr Peat via the Christmas Lights group at barnardcastle