A STUNNING new community center has been created in a village near York at a cost of just over half a million pounds.
The eco-friendly hall, built by Poppleton Methodist Church behind the chapel, has underfloor heating from an air/water heat pump, solar panels on the roof, double glazing and is fully insulated timber frame construction.
Spokesperson Peter Scholtz said the church held a short service to bless the hall so members could use it as soon as possible.
“Since then, church members and supporters have built a wall around the garden, laid a garden path and leveled the ground and laid sod,” he said.
“We also held our first pantomime and had an open day for local residents. The new hall and garden are therefore fully in use.
“We are now planning a more formal opening where everyone will be welcome, but most of all we wanted to invite the people and organizations that helped make the project a reality – grant providers, supporters, the architects and construction partners and many others without whom the project would not have been possible. have been.
Organized by our Minister Ian Hill, the event will take place on Saturday 23rd July, starting with a welcome and thanks in the chapel at 3pm, followed by a drink in the new hall, with the opportunity to look around the new facilities and garden.”
He said the new hall was built behind the chapel in the old garden. “The new facilities include the hall itself, a tea room, a meeting room, a disabled toilet and two other toilets,” he said.
“There is also a shop and a technical room. The new hall, toilet and tearoom can be closed off from the rest of the church and are therefore useful for organizations with strict security requirements.
“The hall has a recessed stage that can be deployed if needed and is flush with the hall floor the rest of the time.
“The new facilities have substantial eco-friendly features such as underfloor heating by an air source heat pump, solar panels on the roof, double glazing, wooden construction with full insulation.”
He said there was stage lighting with a control panel, a sound system and a projector with a retractable screen.
“A garden has been created in new land behind the hall,” he said.
“It is accessed through patio doors from the hall to a patio with a paved path around the large lawn. The hall can accommodate approximately 100 people and has a wide variety of uses, from the Under 5’s Playgroup, children’s parties, concerts and shows, clubs and associations, etc.”
He said the total cost of the building was just over £500,000 and was paid in full, with the money raised through fundraising events, grants, bequests and donations.
*For details on room hire, including fees, booking forms and enquiries, visit www.poppletonmethodistchurch.org.uk