Bricklayer Tracy thanks volunteers
Sheffield bricklayer Tracy Brindley is thanking volunteers who helped to spruce up the Women’s Construction Centre’s community garden in Burngreave last weekend.
A band of willing helpers have improved access to the garden, and built a low wall. Tracy and another female bricky were on hand to show people how to lay bricks and mix mortar.
Tracy learnt her trade in London in the 1980s, where she was the first woman on a bricklaying training course.
“I came back to Sheffield in the mid-eighties and consolidated my skills as a bricky with a general builder for ten years,” said Tracy. She then left bricklaying for other jobs, before being inspired again seven years ago.
“I saw some courses advertised at the Women’s Construction Centre and came down to have a go at plastering. It opened up a whole new world to me – I tried loads of things and realised again how much I loved bricklaying.”
The Women’s Construction Centre is run by WiCAT (Women in Construction, Arts and Technology). The garden project is a collaboration between WiCAT and the Hindu Samaj, who are in the same building.
“Thanks to WiCAT, I gained the confidence to go ahead and set up my own masonry conservation and repair business, said Tracy. “So it was great that people came down to mix mortar and lay a brick or two – after all, you never know where it might lead!”