Raise the Roof

The Howden Sponsored Bike Ride – Sunday, 23rd September
Dr Richard Moore and Shirley had a great day, and monies they raised will go toward Raise The Roof. The course was completed in 2hrs 15mins. A brilliant result, well done.

“Over 170 riders took part and raised nigh on £8000 so well done and many thanks to all” – Richard Longthorp, Chair of Rotary, Howden.

November 2018: We are pleased to be making progress with our plans for revising the disabled facilities and cloakroom, assisted by grants of funds from Drax, from Bernard Sunley Foundation, and from Bubwith Parish Council, for which we thank them. We hope to start the work in the next few weeks.

We are still in negotiations regarding our major plans to refurbish the exterior of the building and the hall, hoping to have positive news of this in the next few months. We continue to fund-raise for this.

My thanks to the committee of trustees, I cannot help noticing we are mostly old men!! We are enthusiastic and energetic, and determined to improve facilities for the locality. We don’t bite though, and it would be lovely to have some new volunteers to bring in fresh ideas, perhaps with a younger angle, maybe feminine? Do you need a new line on the curriculum vitae, if so here is a chance.

March 2018: The tenders are in and we are applying for Grants. The work may have to be phased depending on the funds made available.

It all takes time, so we might be looking at 2019 rather than 2018 for the major work which has to be done within the summer months.

Raise the Roof What is it?

Our major redevelopment project, including raising the roof over the lower part of the building to the same height as the hall roof, so trebling the useful space upstairs in the building.

What else is involved?
The whole roof will then be insulated and re-covered, and so will the walls, with new windows in the hall and upstairs giving a much smarter and less industrial appearance.

What about inside?
Upstairs will be re-configured to create a dedicated suite for the Under-5s pre-school, with further rooms for small events, meetings, exercise, or consultations.

And the Hall?
It will still be multipurpose, but with natural light and improvements to the appearance and acoustics. It will cater for sports and exercise, and for dancing and major events.

When will it happen?

December 2017 we are out to tender.

January 2018 we apply for planning permission and grant aid.