Community Hub Progress Report – December 2016

Droxford Church Community Hub and Heritage Project

Bulletin No 10

Restoration and interior works

Our prime contractor, R J Smith, has completed the second phase of the Community Hub Project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Friends of Droxford Church (FODC) which involves the repair of the tower floors and the eastern walls of the church, and some drainage improvements.

These improvements are less visible than the first phase (restoring the tower and the south roof) but are no less important to the long term sustainability of the church building.

A contract is final preparation for the installation of glass screens in the North Chapel area, which has now been partially cleared in readiness.  This enclosure will create the space for a Community Room and Café in the north chapel.

Heritage

The Heritage group coordinated by Michael Chandler has made an application to South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) for additional heritage funding and we are delighted to report that our project has been awarded up to £10,000, which complements a similar sum contributed by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Heritage group expect to consult further in the coming weeks and subject to the granting of necessary permissions by the PCC, the Diocese and Historic England, the implementation of the heritage programme in the church could start in early 2017.

For further information concerning the heritage activities please contact Michael Chandler on 01489 878741 or email mjchand110@gmail.com.

Church Community Hub

An Open Meeting was held on Thursday 6th October, to provide an update on the restoration works and plans for the Community Hub. An audience of approximately 50 local people heard presentations by Jeff Hooper for the PCC, Tony Hoile (restoration works), John Symes (project plans and funding) and John Jack (community hub).  The meeting was chaired by Revd Tony Forrest. The presentations were very well received and the audience contributed to an interesting Q and A session before Tony summed up reflecting on the widespread support for the project.

Note: The Community Hub extension to house the kitchen, toilets, storage and administration, is an essential condition of the Heritage Lottery Fund grant, and fund-raising is continuing. The project is supported by Hampshire County Council and has been awarded up to £75,000.

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