Community Centre raises the roof with slate campaign success

The first phase in the redevelopment of a community centre used by more than 300 people a week is under way.

Work has started on essential roof repairs at the All Saints and St John's Centre in Stamford.

A £40,000 target to pay for the work was reached with help from South Kesteven District Council's Community Fund, which contributed £10,000.

There was further support from the Skells Trust charity and Stamford Round Table, while the centre's own Sponsor A Slate initiative raised more than £9,000.

The roof repairs are the first step in securing the future of the centre.

Volunteer Business Manager Rebecca Goff said: "This is a great first step towards getting the whole centre renovated.

"To raise the money so quickly and be able to get on with the work means we can start progressing on the rest of the work.

"We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this important cause and we look forward to continuing our work in making the Centre a high-quality community hub for the future."

The Phase 2 redevelopment plans include disabled facilities, new toilets and kitchen facilities and a possible mezzanine floor to provide co-working space for local charities and small enterprises.

Cllr Nick Neilson, SKDC Cabinet Member for Communities, said: "I am delighted our contribution has helped get the roof repairs at All Saints and St John's Centre under way. This is just the sort of project the community fund was set up to support."

Further details about South Kesteven Community Fund is available at www.lincolnshirecvs.org.uk

For media enquiries: Email the SKDC communications team at pr@southkesteven.gov.uk or call 01476 406457 or 406440.