May 2018. Praise the Lord! We are delighted to announce that we have received a grant of £10,000 from the National Lottery for the first stage of our plan. This should enable us to go ahead with removing the asbestos panelling and renovating the windows, as well as drying out the existing toilet and kitchen.
This Grade 2 listed building in the churchyard of St Gregory’s Church, in Weare was built 175 years ago as a school room. We hope to make it a fresh and accessible building for use by the whole community of Crook Peak Parish.
July 2108 has seen real progress. A specialist team removed the asbestos panels from the upper walls. Many thanks go to Hawkins Insulations Ltd and local electrician, Paul Dyer, for their expert help. Beneath the panels we found some sad looking painted stonework and on the north wall, two previously unrecorded alcoves and a high window slit. We must now decide on how to make the best of these features, whilst planning for a new door in this wall.
Please come and take a look and give us your opinion. Whilst the room is currently closed for functions, if you wish to view it, it is generally open between 10am and 11.30am on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month or by arrangement with Anna Fox, Sarah Pettifer or Ruth Orriss.
Now the asbestos has gone, we can also start on the renovation of the original windows. Over the summer each of the 6 panels will be taken off site for specialist treatment and restoration. In the meantime, the windows will be boarded over. We thank JH Stained Glass of Bristol for their help on this.
We have also demolished and recycled the corrugated iron shed attached to the back wall.
Why are we undertaking this project?
The Churchroom at Weare is in need of major renovation and we are looking at an exciting project which will not only make it fully accessible, but also make it a hub for the whole Parish.
The problems that we are going to tackle include:-
1. No adequate disabled access.
2. No adequate emergency exits.
3. A single toilet that is only acessible through the kitchen and is exceedingly damp.
4. A kitchen that is not adequate to serve the size of the room.
5. Crumbling and draughty windows.
6. Walls that are lined with asbestos.
It could be a great venue for up to 60 people, close to the Rectory and St Gregory's Church. Ideal for funerals, baptisms and small weddings, as well as a range of meetings, events and parties and even children's work in the future.
If you have skills or talents that could help this project, please get in touch.