Sheringham church’s Shed project nears completion
The Sheringham Shed project, set up by Lighthouse Charity Trust on behalf of Lighthouse Community Church, has been making great strides in recent weeks, and is hoping to open early in 2020.
The Shed’s premises are the former St John Ambulance Hall in Wyndham Street, Sheringham. Lighthouse Charity Trust received a grant of £200,000 to purchase the building and re-roof it back in 2018. They have also had gifts and grants of over £100,000 for getting the building equipped and fit for purpose, including £15,000 from the North Norfolk Big Society Fund.
The two-storey building has been re-roofed and has undergone extensive refurbishment. The work has included new electrics, new heating and lighting, installation of a lift for those with limited mobility, fitting out two new toilets (including one for the disabled), new flooring and carpeting, as well as fire and intruder alarms plus CCTV.
“It’s been a long trek but at last the end is in sight”, says Rev Daniel Ward who heads up the Sheringham Shed initiative, “Sheringham Shed will be a meeting place for men and women, especially those who are lonely or isolated, lacking self-confidence, with low self-esteem, anxious or depressed.”
“When Shed is fully up and running, we will be offering facilities for practical and creative activities, such as woodwork and art, in the downstairs workshop”, added Daniel. “Upstairs will be for more recreational activities including, amongst other things darts, pool, indoor crazy golf, as well as table games and movie nights.
“We want people to find new friends, build relationships, improve their wellbeing and to discover how to live life to the full. “I think the generosity of our funders is an indication of how important this initiative will be for the local community.”
If anyone knows of a kitchen in nice condition, which is being taken out or someone who has some good quality tools which might be of use to the project, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the Shed office on 01263 824020.
The photos of Sheringham Shed are courtesy of Daniel Ward.
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