PRESS RELEASE : ST WILFRIDS CHURCH HALL – March 2022
7 March 2022 Press Release
Funding Boost for St Wilfrid’s Church Hall, Pevensey Bay
St Wilfrid’s Church Hall is celebrating a £49,358.00 funding boost from SUEZ Communities Trust for their Refurbishment of Church hall project. This means closure of the hall, but not the Church from 28 March until the end of May.
In 2018, St Wilfrid’s Church Hall recognised that the hall needed major refurbishment; the first since being built in 1969. Initially it was thought this was roof re-felting, but our Architect, J D Clark’s Quinquennial report in 2019, showed that the unsound structure needs complete replacement. This phase also includes the ceiling, insulation, flooring and lighting to meet environmental standards. Other safety work and Disabled toilets were installed in 2020/21. Further work will be done in the next phases of the refurbishment, including the kitchen and windows.
Rev James Vine said that “Getting this funding from SUEZ Communities Trust has enabled us to get this part of the refurbishment project completed, using our Contractor, Rushbridges from Hailsham. This has taken years of raising funds by the Hall committee, for help from this and other funding streams. I am pleased that Rev Merriel Woodward is there to work with me in Pevensey Bay to be able to encourage residents to use the Church and the hall, which will provide a highly valued community venue for years to come. Our new Fairs on every second Saturday of the month, will resume after the hall has reopened following the building works in June. “
Marek Gordon, Chairman of SUEZ Communities Trust added “SUEZ Communities Trust provides funding awards through the Landfill Communities Fund. We were delighted to be able to offer funding to St Wilfrid’s Church Hall.”