New roof for church community hall

The community hall of Christchurch Methodist Church is being transformed with a new roof thanks to fundraising efforts and a £17,000 grant.

Work commenced last Monday (April 14) to remove and replace the roof of the hall, which is connected to the church on Springfield Road. The roof is 74 years old and time and the elements have taken their toll; disintegrating tiles let in rainwater, threatening the comfort and health and safety of users.

The work, which will cost around £20,000, includes renewing the battens, felt, tiles and guttering. Insulation will also be installed to cut heating bills and help reduce the building’s carbon footprint. An added benefit will be the creation of much-needed storage space in the roof. Funding for the project is coming from the church’s own fundraising events such as the annual Festival of Flowers, which will be held over the weekend of May 24-25, and The Veolia Environmental Trust, who have awarded a grant of £17,000 through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Speaking at the start of the work, Honorary Treasurer and Property Steward Barry Turnwell, said: “This work will enable the present users to continue using the hall for their activities. It will also create an attractive environment for possible future users also. It is great that work is starting and we look forward to its completion.”

The hall is used by the community for a wide range of services and activities including a mothers’ club, playgroup, tai chi, line dancing, timbrel and youth clubs. It also acts as a polling station and is used for private events such as children’s parties.

Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Paul Taylor, adds, “We support community and environmental projects across the UK and it is always great to hear about the start of one we have supported. I look forward to hearing about the project’s completion and the benefits it will bring to the hall’s current and future users.”