A DAMP and rotting community building has been re-opened after a major refurbishment project.
Villagers in Brassington, Bradbourne and Hognaston all celebrated the re-opening of the Royal British Legion “Hut” in Brassington on Saturday, after a long-running campaign to rid the building of problems associated with damp.
Brassington, Bradbourne and Hognaston RBL received grants from the Exxon Trust and Veolia Environmental Trust to help fund the £27,000 project, but a further £15,000 was needed when the extent of the problem was discovered half way through the renovation.
Chairman of the rural RBL branch, Major (Retd) Michael Rose, said on Saturday: “Today is the end of a long and tortuous path which we took back in February 2010 after we realised we had to take action to repair what had become a bouncy floor.
“Little did we know what lay ahead.” The Hut was built in 1995, but by 2010, the floors were seriously damp, affecting the usage of the building.
And, when the renovation work was underway, builder Mark Walker-Thompson of WTC Construction, found the inner walls of the building were rotten at the base, insulation needed replacing because it had become saturated due to poor ventilation and condensation on the ceiling of the building was being caused by a problem with the roof.
Amid fears the project would have to be abandoned, ladies in the villages delivered letters of appeal to every home in Brassington, Bradbourne and Hognaston and the resultant support ensured the money was found the complete the renovation.
Major Rose added: “The response to our appeal was magnificent, enabling us to finish the project, which is where we stand today.
“Our sincere thanks go to all who helped us in any way with the project and a big thank you to those who made a contribution, whether large or small. We could not have done it without you.
“I think we are all relieved. At last we have finished it and we are up and running again.” The RBL HQ was officially re-opened by two of the branch’s oldest members, George Genders and Barry Paine.