10th June 2016
Early in 2016, we announced that our application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) had been successful. A confirmed grant of up to £188,300 has been awarded, bringing the total contribution to the Community Hub Project from the Heritage Lottery Fund to £222,200.
The contractor, RJ Smith started work as planned on 4th April, and visitors will have notice the scaffolding and fenced area around the west and south sides of the church. The first phase of the urgent work is to restore the batons on the South roof.
Later this year glazed screens will be installed in the north chapel in order to create a Community Room and Café. Michael Chandler is coordinating a small group to deliver a programme of activities which will engage people with the heritage of the church and local area.
Fund-raising is continuing for an extension to house the kitchen, toilets, storage and administration, which is an essential condition of the HLF grant. As reported last month a grant application is in process with Hampshire County Council to the Community Buildings Capital Fund (CCBS grants) for a substantial proportion of the building costs. The decision on this application has been deferred until June, and will be critical to the timely completion of the Community Hub facilities and our commitment to HLF.
John Symes – for the Project Management Committee