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The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London


London’s College for Skills

Easter CrossFormer Carpentry student James Forshaw with the cross he made for Holy Trinity Church in Tottenham.

A former carpentry student at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) has built a cross for a church this Easter.

James Forshaw, 40, was commissioned to build the 7ft by 5ft cross for Holy Trinity Church in Tottenham after making cupboards for the church during a work placement arranged by the College in 2015.

James said: “I met the parish priest when I did the original work at the church, and he personally asked me to come back and make a cross for Easter.

“It took a couple of days to construct and I’m pleased with how it’s turned out.”

James set up his own carpentry business Interior Innovation after completing a Level 2 Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery in 2015 at the CONEL, where he previously studied a Level 1 Diploma in Basic Construction.

The Reverend Bunmi Fagbemi, from Holy Trinity Church, said: “We’re very grateful to the College in providing skilled people like James and we were very happy to ask him back to build a cross for us.

“This is a great example of how people and organisations can work together to support one another.”

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