Grant towards the completion of the first phase of renovation works to the church and community room
Posted: 13th October 2014
Aylburton Methodist Church, High Street, Aylburton, Lydney, Gloucestershire, GL15 6DE
To provide a more useable and eco-friendly building, committed and enthusiastic representatives of Aylburton Methodist Church raised nearly £150,000 to renovate and revitalise its Church and Community Room, which were in desperate need of some tender loving care.
Limited use of the hall was the result of no hot water in the kitchen or toilets and the antiquated overhead electric heaters. A lack of other features including disability access meant that substantial improvements were therefore crucial to increase public benefits and meet the needs of the wider community.
With the building situated on the busy A48, a new entrance was relocated to the side where it is quieter and safer. A new entrance and lobby area also meant that a stair lift could be installed, giving easier access for those with mobility problems.
The whole project was set in four phases and with a grant of £30,000 from the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust for the completion of the first phase. An environmentally enhanced community space was provided to complement the existing and very heavily used village hall. This project has not only improved the fabric but given flexibility as to how the building can be used in the future.