Work Begins on St Francis Centre Roof

New tiles lined upI am really delighted with all the progress being made with the new roof for the St Francis Centre. Work will begin on the Church roof at the beginning of September.

Here are some pictures of the work in progress and below is a copy of the press release from Veolia Environmental Trust. Thanks to everyone who has supported the Appeal.

Press Release from Veolia
27 August 2009

Waste grant raises the roof for Birmingham community centre

Work to re-roof the community centre of one of Birmingham’s most distinct and picturesque churches is rapidly taking shape. Specialist contractors are repairing the clay-tiled roof of Bournville’s St Francis Youth and Community Centre, located on Sycamore Road.

The nails holding the tiles in place had begun to rust, and the tiles had started to slip, posing a threat to health and safety and allowing water to seep into the building. The tiles, which are nearly 100 years old, had also become very brittle and needed replacing.

The project will also involve improving the building’s insulation and renewing its cast iron gutters and drainpipes. As soon as the community centre roof has been finished, the church will receive the same treatment. It is expected that both roofs will be complete by autumn 2009.

Funding for the replacement of the community centre and church roofs has come from several sources, including The Veolia Environmental Trust, which awarded a grant through the Landfill Communities Fund, English Heritage, The George Cadbury Trust, and the Garfield Weston Foundation. There has also been a huge effort by members of the church that has been generously supported by the local community.

Built in 1913, the centre is used throughout the week as a venue for a wide range of meetings, events and support activities for all ages. Current users include playgroups, before and after school care, a youth club, adult education classes, a day centre for the elderly, and dance classes.

This work is part of a long-term scheme to renew the church and its community centre. Future work will include repairs to the heating system, creation of ramped access, installation of new lighting, improvements to the grounds, redecoration, creation of a new kitchen and coffee bar, and refurbishment of toilets.

Speaking about the project, the church’s vicar, The Revd Peter Babington, says, ‘We are immensely grateful for all the support we have received from the community and from grant making trusts like The Veolia Environmental Trust. This will help St Francis Church and Centre to continue serving the community of Bournville for the next 100 years.’

The Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Margaret Cobbold, adds, ‘The Trust helps community and environmental projects across the UK. It is good to hear this important project is going well – I look forward to seeing the completed roofs.’