Students Lime Mortar Stonework and Teams

Completed!: Well done to the students who received certificates for completing the course.
Completed!: Well done to the students who received certificates for completing the course.

Intermediate Level 2 General Building students at Banff and Buchan College recently completed a two-day course on the aspects of the use of ‘Lime Mortar in Traditional Wall Repair’.

The course was externally organised and co-ordinated by Marc Ellington and Pauline Brown of The Scottish Traditional Skills Training Centre.

A certificate was presented to the students upon the completion of the course, following the extensive knowledge gained on the use and benefits of using lime mortar on traditional stonework based at Banff Castle.

Student Scott Simpson who received a certificate said:

“I actually did not realise how the process of lime and its overall use can lead to better environmental benefits and better moisture abilities.

“The architecture of Banff Castle was really detailed and I was shown some handy techniques which I will be able to use when I have my own house someday.

“Oh, and their complimentary home-made soup was the best I have ever tasted!”

The students would like to thank Marc Ellington for his hospitality and also George Gunn for instructing them with his professionalism on the course.

The students’ tutor Errol Watt added:

“Not only was this a well run course for the guys, it was also a great team building activity.

“It benefited us all to get a chance of carrying out the work outdoors in a realistic environment.

“Marc was a great host, and we valued George’s expert knowledge of the subject.

“I was really happy to see the guys take pride in their work and what they accomplished over two days and it will hopefully improve their career aspects in the near future.”