Tile appeal launched for Barnstaple community centre

PEOPLE in Barnstaple are being asked to buy roof tiles for Roundswell Community Centre and help preserve a valuable local amenity. The centre next to Sainsbury s in Barnstaple, is less than 20 years old but the volunteers of the charitable committee which

PEOPLE in Barnstaple are being asked to buy roof tiles for Roundswell Community Centre and help preserve a valuable local amenity.

The centre next to Sainsbury's in Barnstaple, is less than 20 years old but the volunteers of the charitable committee which runs it have found themselves faced with needing to raise around �15,000 for a new roof.

They are appealing for local businesses and the community at large to show support for the well-used hall by sponsoring a roof tile at �2.50 each or making any sort of donation they can afford.

After various problems with leaking and damp at the hall, the Roundswell Community Centre Executive Committee mustered its dwindling funds to pay for a survey to discover the extent of the problem.


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Chairman Graham Turner said to their horror they were told most of the roof had to be replaced and since the original building company no longer existed, there was no way to recoup the cost.

"The weather comes down and instead of heading for the drain it goes into the cavity wall of the centre," he explained.

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"To find out, we had to remove a large quantity of roofing to get the survey done. Now it's a major job and as a community centre and charity we just don't have that sort of money."

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"But the hall is still open and we have no intention of closing it, but if we don't do something about this now, something worse could happen."

The centre is frequently used by all manner of community groups, clubs and organisations, as well as being hired out for private parties and wedding receptions.

The trustees have applied for grants from councils and other sources, but there are no guarantees and they need to raise at least some of the money themselves in any case.

"We hope to get some responses from local business, no matter how small," added Mr Turner.

"This building is for the community and used by the community so we would like to get people a bit more involved. As well as the appeal we would like more residents and businesses to come and be a part of it.

"Roundswell is a huge community and we need more young people and families to get involved. If groups want to hold a community party or event, for example, we can help them out if they'd like to come to us with their ideas."

If you would like to make a donation, can support the Roundswell Roof Fund or would like to find out more about hiring the hall, contact Graham Turner on (01271) 314851.

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