Added on: 3rd April, 2018 by Sarah_22646
Supporters looking to refurbish a community hall in the heart of a conservation area have been given a helping hand by a regional housebuilder.
Persimmon Homes East Midlands has handed £1,000 from its Community Champions fund to the team behind the refurbishment Stewartby Community Hall in Stewartby, Bedfordshire.
John Symonds, chairman of Stewartby and Kempston Hardwick Parish Council made the application to the fund after the project was faced with rocketing costs to refurbish the building and make it structurally sound.
He explained: “The hall was bought by the parish to keep it as a functioning hub for the community.
“We are aiming to restore it and have already raised £140,000 which has partly been spent on a new kitchen and bar, but we also wanted to replace our windows.
“Unfortunately, we weren’t able to use upvc double glazing units as we are in a conservation area and we have to have bespoke Crittall windows instead, and then we discovered there are some structural issues with the building, and that is now eating up our budget.
“We need to raise at least another £20,000, so the Community Champions donation takes us a little bit closer.”
Nova Eames, head of sales for Persimmon Homes East Midlands, based in Peterborough, said: “As a company we are committed to supporting the groups and charities that make a real difference to the lives of local people in the areas in which we build.
“This a long-term project to keep something vital for the community of Stewartby and we are glad to have supported the effort.
“Our Community Champions fund has two pots of up to £1,000 each to award to worthy causes every month and it’s great to see so many charities and community groups benefiting.
“Persimmon Homes East Midlands has had a fantastic response to its Community Champions scheme and it is always a tricky task to pick our winners each month.
“If applicants were unsuccessful last month, we urge them to visit the Persimmon Homes website and to try again and hopefully they will become our next Community Champion. There is no limit to the number of applications that can be made.”