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Kitchen needs drastic repairs

A SOLIHULL church that raised £16,000 to repair their severely damaged roof, is now campaigning for further funds to transform dilapidated sections of the building.

A SOLIHULL church that raised £16,000 to repair their severely damaged roof, is now campaigning for further funds to transform dilapidated sections of the building.

St Stephens Church Centre in Coppice Road was in danger of closing last year, due to the dangerously worn and leaking roof.

Treasurer John Wood contacted 100 local businesses and their donations, together with fund-raising activities and a grant from Birmingham Airport, meant the target was reached within a year.

John said: "Thanks to generous donations, the roof has been saved and we can look forward to many more years of the centre of the community."

Following the restoration, more people have started using the hall's facilities.

But the 40-year-old building is still in need of drastic repairs, most notable to the kitchen.

"The kitchen is as old as the hall and desperately needs to be updated which will cost around £5,000, said John.

"Also, flagstones at the side of the hall need to be lifted and re-laid as tree roots are causing them to be uneven and a risk to pedestrians."

John said the centre needed to have an oak tree pruned, as they had already forked out £250 to have phone lines re-routed.

To kick off the moneymaking schemes, the centre's committee are holding a Christmas Bazaar on November 7 and 8.

On both days there will be many stalls, such as gifts, toys and cakes, along with side shows and games, a grand raffle, and of course, Father Christmas in his Magical Fairy Grotto.

"All the groups who use the hall are willing to lend a hand and we just hope the centre can be maintained and useful for future generations," said John.

For more information or to hire the Hall call Nita Stallard on 0121 705 7482.

 

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