Ribbon Set To Be Cut On St Martin’s Community Hall Project

st martins hall 2St Martin’s new community hall is set to be opened in an official ceremony on 27th September.

Project secretary Rod Bluff says the builders are finishing some small internal jobs as well as landscaping the exterior.

And it’s all been brought in pretty much on time and on budget.

Rod says they lost about two weeks on the schedule during last winter’s bad weather, but that’s fairly minimal on a project of this size.

A large part of the £766,000 cost of the building was paid for by a grant from Defra, which totalled £563,000.

The local Community Hall Committee held fundraising events to bring in a further £115,000, while LAG committed £39,000 and the Council gave £49,000 from their Extended Schools budget.

The new building, which is four times the size of the Reading Room it replaces, provides enough space for activities like badminton, table tennis, netball, volleyball, basket ball and indoor bowls.

There’s also a fitness room and a doctor’s consultation room with waiting area.

And in a nod to the old community centre, the plaque that hung outside, which was made in 1937 and features the Prince of Wales feathers, was saved by the builders, repainted, and installed by the entrance of the new hall.

Rod says the wooden building has been designed to be environmentally friendly and has low running costs, with underfloor heating, insulation that’s above the specified limits and rainwater harvesting for the toilets.

He says he feels very proud that they’ve managed to complete the project and described the building as magnificent.

He also praised the work of the mainland-based builders, SJ Quick and Sons, who he said have been brilliant.

The low key ribbon-cutting ceremony is taking place at 6pm on Friday 27th September and Rod says the first community event, a private party, is booked for the following Sunday.