Makeover grant for church centre

TRUSTEES, staff and users of Hucknall’s John Godber Centre are celebrating this week after securing a cash injection.

The Ogle Street community rooms’ team have successfully applied for a grant from WREN to refurbish the ground floor of the popular facility.

And it means this money will help improve the facilities and expand the centre’s use opening it up for more community groups.

“When I opened the letter telling us we had got the money I started dancing around the room,” said centre manager, Kim Pears. “It’s brilliant news and all the staff and trustees are really pleased that all our hard work is paying off.”

The centre will add to the grant with money raised from various functions to enable the full plans for the ground floor refurbishment to go-ahead.

“It’s all systems go now and we are hoping to start the work in the summer,” explained Kim who has been at the helm for two years. “We have prepared in the hope we can start then so we have planned the diary accordingly.

“None of the events booked will be affected.”

The refurbishment means new toilets downstairs as well as new flooring and the opening up of the smaller rooms.

“Partitions will be fitted which means we will have the flexibility to open up the space when we need it,” added Kim. “It will also allow more community groups to benefit from what we have on offer here as well as improve the space for our regulars, like the Sarah Adamson School of Dance, who have held classes here for many years.”

The John Godber Centre is owned by the St Mary Magdalene Church and managed by a board of trustees.

Canon Kathryn Herrod was also delighted with the news: “We have been trying to upgrade the centre for a long time so this is terrific news.

“There are exciting times ahead and the money will enable us to offer a medium sized room that we couldn’t offer before.”

Canon Herrod added:“The centre is a well-used facility and it means that we will have greater opportunities to increase the use of the centre which has been owned by the church and used by the community since 1906.”

WREN is a not-for-profit business that helps benefit the lives of people who live close to landfill sites by awarding grants for community, conservation and heritage projects.

Although WREN didn’t wish to reveal how much the grant given to the centre was worth, grant manager for WREN, Cheryl Raynor, said: “We’re delighted to support Hucknall’s John Godber Centre and their valuable work.”