October 2016 Update

Proposed Design and Costs

The information on our previous update note in August no doubt caused many people a sharp intake of breath. Nearly £1m to redevelop the church hall does seem to be a large amount of money!

Our approach has been to look at developing a total solution to make the hall more multifunctional, bring it up to date and continue to be a focal point for the community in this area. At this stage it does not mean that we will definitely spend £1m on the scheme. What we have is an optimum scheme that we have worked hard to develop but we now need to look at the reality of being able to raise this amount of money. The estimate of costs provided to us by the Quantity Surveyor are, he tells us, on the generous side. However, they are based on August 2016 rates, so if the reconstruction work doesn’t start until 2018, costs are likely to rise further.  The true costs of the chosen scheme will not be known until the work is put out to tender.

The design plan and supporting information is on the hall notice board and also elsewhere on this website.


In the last few weeks we have contacted a number of professional fundraisers to enquire about the services they offer and the rates that they charge. After discussing the options with the Parochial Church Council (PCC), the council instructed the Hall Redevelopment Team that at this stage only a viability study should be undertaken and costs should be kept to a minimum. The fundraiser that we have chosen has come with excellent references, one being from Canon Michael Hunter who worked with him when he was at Grimsby Minster.

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August 2016 Update

The consultation period that was held during April and May this year, supported by 2 drop in sessions held in the Church Hall produced an excellent response from the congregation, hall users and members of the local community both on the 2 days and via the [email protected] email address. Some very interesting and innovative suggestions were made and a number of these have been taken on board. The Hall Redevelopment team have also continued to work with the architect in further refining the design which now shows some significant changes to the original design displayed during the consultation period. The new design will be on display in the Church Hall over the coming weeks and is also available on the Hall Redevelopment page on this website.

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