Teenagers restore community pond to its former glory

Students clearing Jenny's Pond, Brackley. Front from the left, Beth Horwood, Amber Rush and Eloise Pritcher, all MCS. Back from the left, George Johnson, Sponne, Caitlyn Ratsma, MCS and Niall Robinson, National Citizen Service.'131123M-C021
Students clearing Jenny's Pond, Brackley. Front from the left, Beth Horwood, Amber Rush and Eloise Pritcher, all MCS. Back from the left, George Johnson, Sponne, Caitlyn Ratsma, MCS and Niall Robinson, National Citizen Service.'131123M-C021

A group of community-minded teenagers have cleared out a Brackley pond to honour the memory of Jenny Gavaghan, who used to tend it. Jenny’s Pond, at the top of Watery Lane, was chosen by the group of pupils as part of a National Citizen Service (NCS) course.

On Saturday, the students gave the area a general tidy up, added shrubbery and plants and also installed a plaque.

Jenny had looked after the community pond until her death from a brain tumour in 2002.

Pupil Beth Horwood has a family link with the Gavaghans, which led to Jenny’s Pond being chosen for the project.

Pictured are, from left, front – Magdalen College School (MCS) pupils Beth Horwood, Amber Rush and Eloise Pritcher; back – Sponne School pupil George Johnson, MCS pupil Caitlyn Ratsma, and Niall Robinson, NCS. 131123M-C021