During the building extension programme, it was discovered that the existing roof of the main building was decaying and leaking with missing tiles and in need of attention. The building was erected 132 years ago, in 1885, so it is not surprising.

The cost of replacement is significant, given the size of the roof and dependent on what other work is required to the framing and insulation requirements. The building is in a designated conservation area, which means that there are additional local rules as to the materials used to maintain the standards of the conservation area. We will therefore be using ‘hand-made’ tiles to meet those requirements.

This additional expenditure on the Hall has meant that we have needed to find further funding to complete this task. I am pleased to say that we have now achieved this through contributions from parents and two grants from the local Council and most recently from Biffa Award.

Biffa Award is a multi-million Pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK. The process was very thorough and we are very grateful to Biffa Award for the £25k grant helping us to ensure that the historical building is maintained for us and the communities that will use the Hall for generations to come. See Biffa Award for more details of their work and awards.

We will recognise this contribution with a Biffa Award plaque fixed to the wall in the Hall entrance.

Our thanks also go to Reigate and Banstead Council for their substantial grant, as well as all of you who may have contributed through donations and fund raising.

There will be scaffolding erected around our building and whist in place we will take the opportunity to repaint the decorative woodwork and upstairs window frames. The scaffolding is likely to be up for around two months with work starting Monday 27 February. We have asked that the side entrance remains usable and access is clear. All activities at the Hall will continue as normal during the works.

Once this project is complete, we will be looking to raise funds to upgrade the heating system and make other internal improvements, so we still require your help in achieving the best facilities for our Hall users.

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