Cumberland Rotarians refurbish benches

Following their regular meeting, several Cumberland Rotarians and two representatives from the Cumberland works department celebrated the completion of the club's coal cart bench project.

CUMBERLAND ROTARIANS and members of the Village works department show off a refurbished bench.

CUMBERLAND ROTARIANS and members of the Village works department show off a refurbished bench.

Following their regular meeting on a recent Tuesday, several Cumberland Rotarians and two representatives from the Cumberland works department celebrated the completion of the club’s coal cart bench project.

The benches, which are a unique landmark in the village, were donated by individuals and businesses several years ago.

The ravages of time and weather had become evident and the Rotary club decided to refurbish seven benches to make them more attractive.

Using quarter-sawn, old-growth Western red cedar donated by Island TimberFrame and 400 bolts donated by Strathcon Industries of Courtenay, the Rotarians set to work to remove the old lumber, brush and paint the steel and install the new cedar lumber.

The Village’s works department removed the benches from the street to their yard and then reinstalled them. The club affixed plaques honouring the original donors.

Not all of the donors have been found so not all of the benches bear plaques. Anyone with information about the missing donors is asked to contact David Stevens at 250-336-8344.

— Rotary Club of Cumberland Centennial