The Friends of the Old Girls’ School are totally delighted to have been awarded a grant from the Big Lotteries Fund. There are two elements to the grant – nearly £100K to refurbish the building and then a revenue grant for 3 years to cover staffing to allow us to run the programmes we have proposed to the BLF. This means we will not just be relying on volunteers to run the Community Centre. There will be paid staff to manage the facility and session workers to help provide the programmes.
So what will there be at the Old Girl’s School Community Centre and Tearoom? Well obviously, a tearoom, which will open out onto our lovely garden which was created with the help of the grant from Tesco Bags of Help. We will have 2 activity rooms which can be used for exercise or activity classes. This is also where we plan to site the Community cinema. This space will also be available to rent out for Children’s parties. There will also be an IT media suite with Wi-Fi and computer access for training or just dropping in and networking. There are two individual rooms which can be booked for meetings or for consultations. We have good car parking at the back and obviously we are just a short distance up Kirkgate from the village centre crossroads.
Our current plan is to start work in early 2018, with a view to opening in late spring/early summer 2018.