In the (not so bleak) mid-winter

After our Christmas break, we’re back with a short update…

The Pavilion is still having regular inspections and we are pleased to say that most of the urgent works have now been completed. The drainage problems have mostly been fixed and the drainage survey has been done. The terrace will be weatherproofed (so that water doesn’t seep through into the basement) and they will fix a hole in the interior balcony. Samples of the exterior terracotta tiles had been sent off to a manufacturer to see if they can be copied and apparently they are quite standard so this shouldn’t be a problem. There are still a few things to deal with and another inspection is scheduled for next week.

In January we commissioned Purcells (the heritage architects based in Canterbury) to carry out a feasibility study with layout options for future usage and costing of repairs.  They are trying to follow the original plans as much as possible and their report should be ready in about a week. Our committee has also been working on a business plan (big thanks to our Treasurer, Stephen) and we will be making a presentation to Churchgate, outlining our plans for the Pavilion and how it can be financially sustainable. This is planned for the end of the month.

So, after all that, spring will certainly have sprung and we will be ‘March’ing into action, applying for Round 1 of the Heritage Lottery fund, arranging fundraising events and reporting back to our various grant sources. We have a formal schedule (created by our consultant, Jess) and we must try to adhere to this as there are certain dates by which we can apply for funding.

Watch out for further announcements in the coming weeks (and perhaps a longer blog)!

Photo courtesy of Jane Palmer.

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