A project to renovate the roof of a community building has begun but more funds are needed to complete the “ambitious, but necessary” project. Almost two years ago plans were drawn up to embark on a major project to remove the original tiles from the Guild Hall roof in Cheadle and to replace them with a new, modern and energy efficient product. On Monday, those plans will begin to come to fruition as work is set to start on the renovation of the Guild Hall’s roof.
A project to renovate the roof of a community building has begun but more funds are needed to complete the “ambitious, but necessary” project.
Almost two years ago plans were drawn up to embark on a major project to remove the original tiles from the Guild Hall roof in Cheadle and to replace them with a new, modern and energy efficient product.
On Monday, those plans will begin to come to fruition as work is set to start on the renovation of the Guild Hall’s roof.
A spokesman for the Guild Hall Management Committee said: “Funding this project has proved to be far more difficult than could have been imagined.
“Most of the usual sources of funding have been diverted to Covid-19 recovery projects leaving the Guild Hall Management Committee with a dilemma.
“Since the Government announced in March that the country was in lockdown due to Covid-19 the Guild Hall, which is usually buzzing with activity day in day out, has been closed to the public.
“The only group which has been able to use the venue is the Cheadle & District Foodbank, which continues its vital work within our community.
“Therefore, there has been little or no income coming in.
“The forthcoming winter months and forecast bad weather would inevitably only cause more damage to the already precarious roof structure.
“As a result of this and the enforced period of closure, the committee has made the brave choice to use this time to move forward with the roof replacement project.”
On Monday (October 19), weather permitting, scaffolding is set to be erected all around the Guild Hall building for the start of the restoration project.
The spokesman said: “For public safety this will be fully secured and will not restrict the walkway linking Tape Street to the Morrisons Supermarket.
“The initial phase of the project will be a controlled removal, by a licensed contractor, of the low grade asbestos cement tiles.
“Once this phase is complete, the scaffolding will be cleaned to provide a safe environment for the roofing contractor.”
The overall project, which is weather dependant, is set to take around six to seven weeks, and it is hoped that completion can be achieved before Christmas at a total cost of near to £100,000.
The spokesman continued: “The car park, adjacent to the Guild Hall will be closed to the public for the duration of the project and unfortunately the defibrillator located at the front of the building will not be accessible.
“Through careful management and three generous grants from St Giles’ Church, Allchurches Trust Ltd and the Sir Harold Hood’s Charitable Trust, a total of £30,000 has been raised so far and a loan of £50,000 has been secured. This leaves £20,000 to be raised for this project.
“Over many decades the people of Cheadle have benefitted from the Guild Hall, this might have been through; church occasions, dinner and dance evenings, sports club presentations, private parties, beer festivals, exercise classes, dance classes, Slimming World/Weightwatchers sessions, U3A activities, or as mentioned Foodbank or other charitable activity – the list is endless.”
In the 1920s when the miners of Cheadle had no social club of their own, they raised the money to build the Guild Hall by putting a shilling of their weekly wages in a box and the hall was built around 1928.
Almost 100 years later, the public of Cheadle and the surrounding areas, as well as businesses are being urged to contribute towards the cost of this “ambitious, but necessary project which will secure the future of the Guild Hall for generations to come.”
Anyone wishing to donate to the Guild Hall’s roof restoration project can do so either:
By cheque – payable to The Guild Hall Cheadle and posted to 18 Charles Street, Cheadle, ST10 1ED.
Online giving – by visiting www.stgilescheadle.org.uk/guild-hall.html and click on ‘Donate to the Guild Hall Roof Fund’or via the Facebook page @guildhallcheadle.
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