As I left on Monday afternoon – after our “happy band” cleared all the site rubbish to Kirkby Stephen recycling centre and having taken delivery of a large order of miscellaneous building supplies – the insulation was beginning to go up
Tuesday was a slower day but we’re still progressing
By Wednesday – “THE BEAST” had landed and we all woke to a very picturesque village snow scene:
Undetered a small band battled on:
One wall is now fully cladded and a second half completed – with two of the window sills rebuild – about 1/3 completed – Thank you to all involved!
Thursday, we all decided, was our day of rest (and it was just as well with the snow really taking a grip of the village, but everyone is hoping for “big days” on Friday and Saturday Morning before we pack up at 4.00 pm at the latest.
Saturday 3 March
I’m afraid that today we broke our 4.00 finish rule! With just half a dozen batons to fix we edged closer and closer to 5.00pm
But ………… We finished this stage1 – The Hall completed and the Main Hall cladded in insulation material! a great job only managed through the efforts of us all – be proud of a good job. We now wait for our tradesmen to complete their work before we have another drive towards completion and the end of this month.
So what does it look like today?
Watch this space for updates on progress.
There’s only one thing occupying our thoughts currently – Our improvement Project
On Sunday 25 February, immediately after our Quiz night, we started our renovation project and what a start – within hours all of the old cladding and the kitchen was stripped out. A terrific start with everyone involved making a real contribution and a difference – well done. We’re up at the Hall most days – pop in if you find yourself at a loose end all help very welcome.
Below is just a selection from our already growing picture gallery:
The Hall that we started with in February 2018
Work on the Village Hall upgrade will start in Spring 2018
The Committee has been successful in raising funds for what we have previously call Phase1 and Phase2 of a 4 phase program to deliver the Hall that we have previously presented and is currently illustrated on the Ormside Village Hall – Revised Plan below.
To remind you:
Phase1- Main Hall
A total overhaul with:
Removal of existing wall coverings
Improved Heating and the installation of Hot Water
Phase 2 – Kitchen and Lobby/Toilet Areas
A total overhaul with:
New Kitchen and cooking facilities
Creation of a welcoming Entrance Hall
Redecorated and improved Toilets
Phase 3 – New Supper Room /Hall Extension
Phase 4 – Access and Landscaping
Unfortunately, the village was unsuccessful with their application to the lottery, and the Improvement group set about revising their plans to:
- Meet the outcomes from the original village questionnaire
- Minimise the building work to meet a £100k budget
After a lot of debate, and revisions the plan below was presented to the village at the AGM on 20 February 2017.
Whilst the sketches were only indicative, they did gain the approval of the meeting and the Improvement Group will now undertake more detailed plans, together with costings with which to proceed for grant applications and Planning Approval.
Attended by 29 village residents, the meeting overwhelmingly supported the above concept proposal.
The Village Hall Improvement Committee were asked to look into amending 3 Areas:
- The Sedum Roof. How large would be the cost penalty of replacing it with a pitched slate roof? (this would entail a significant redesign of the existing roof as to achieve the minimum of a 30 degree pitch, the apex would have to be moved to above the northerly wall with a completely new roof) or replacing sedum with either zinc or copper? What is the maximum slope for a sedum roof?
- The toilets were seen as being too few for the future plans for the hall.
- The kitchen was also regarded as too small.
In all, a very positive meeting with huge support for the initiative. It was agreed to update the website as things progress, and also position an additional noticeboard in the village hall for neighbours unable to access the internet.