Growing the community

The SAGE Old Duffers

L-R: Jim Caddaye, Mark Barraclough, Geoff Scott, Stuart Whitelaw, Adrian Cram, Richard Pass and Dan Johnson behind the camera (Chris Cameron absent)

Have you ever wondered how stuff gets built at the SAGE Garden? Member Stuart Whitelaw explains.

The rules on the back of the T shirt read:

  • SENIORS AND PENSION CARDS TO BE CARRIED AT ALL TIMES
  • READING GLASSES AND HEARING AIDS TO BE CARRIED AT ALL TIMES
  • CAFÉ QUALITY COFFEE TO BE SERVED AT 10.30 PRECISELY
  • 3 SUPERVISING DUFFERS REQUIRED FOR ALL TASKS
  • SUPERVISORS MAY LEAN ON SHOVELS (OR EACH OTHER) FOR SUPPORT
  • WORKING DAY TO BE 4 HOURS FOLLOWED BY EXTENDED BED REST
  • INAPPROPRIATE LANGUAGE (SUCH AS NEAR ENOUGH IS GOOD ENOUGH) WILL NOT BE TOLERATED

BY ORDER OF Grand Old Duffer (G.O.D.)

The Old Duffers came together to build the accessible composting toilet at the SAGE Garden. After several years trying to get funding, a grant was secured that would pay for
the materials, but engaging a builder was out of the question.

As the song goes…

“If you need a loo,
In your neighbourhood,
Who ya gunna call?
Old Duffers!”

The expertise of the duffers includes qualifications in landscape construction, architecture, surveying, building, geology, teaching, and corporate administration. What could possibly go wrong?

At the time of writing (by G.O.D.), the composting toilet is nearing completion. We will have our Tuesdays and Fridays to do other essential tasks over winter.

If we survive the harsh winter, the duffers are keen to build the new outdoor kitchen at the garden, and hope to be fêted with pizzas and red wine into our dotage.

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