Saturday, 25 November 2017

£112,000 boost for club roof appeal

AN appeal to replace the roof of Nettlebed Village Club has received a cash boost.

South Oxfordshire District Council has awarded a £112,883 grant to the project to help safeguard the building’s future.

The hall, which is home to more than 25 community organisations and groups, was built 103 years ago and the roof leaks.

The club aims to raise £259,000 in total and is seeking further funding.

Treasurer Sue Worth said: “We still have a long way to go but we would like to thank the district council and say how much we appreciate the grant.”

Ms Worth said some of the roof dates back to when the club was built but much of it was replaced in the Eighties but the quality of the work was poor.

She said: “Quite a bit was replaced with bad tiles and because of that it is leaking quite a bit now.

“Because of the size of the roof and the way it’s made when rainwater comes through into the hall you don’t know where it is coming from. It needs redoing.”

The work will take about three months to complete and the club hopes it can start in the spring.

Ms Worth said: “The club is used ever such a lot. It has been there for 103 years and we are very proud of it and it would be wicked to let it go as it is much loved.

“There are 25 organisations that use it, from senior citizens’ coffee mornings to dance classes and children learning karate.”

The club was built in 1913 by local banker and landowner Robert Fleming. During the Second World War the building was used for billeting soldiers and for dishing out supplies.

The council has also awarded a grant of £3,743 to Goring Heath Parish Charity to replace the windows at the village hall.

In total, it has handed out £1 million from its capital grants scheme since April.

Councillor Elizabeth Gillespie, cabinet member for grants, said: “I am so pleased to be able to help our communities achieve their projects.”

The next round of funding for capital grants is provisionally set for March.

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