Many people and organisations have helped us start to develop the Trinity Rooms for use as a community hub. We are grateful to them all.
Repairs and refurbishment
Before we could open up, in the summer of 2020, some essential refurbishment was necessary. Some people helped with hard labour: for example, sanding floors, scraping off old paint from window frames or painting those floors and windows once prepped.
Others provided materials such as paints at a discount or free: The Greenshop in Bisley, and Baileys Paints in Thrupp.
Some people donated money or goods: money for floor paint, or for an electrician’s bill, tables and chairs for the Base.
The Church was supportive, allowing us access to the Rooms before the term of our lease.
And since then people have provided more help, for example sorting out damp and electrical problems, donating a freezer, and helping plan a new kitchen and toilet layout. In particular we would like to thank Senan Clifford and Annie Page for giving of their professional skills.
Thankyou to all those who helped, and are helping, to look after the fabric of the building.
In the Autumn of 2020 we started hosting a Freezer of Love in the main porch, together with a toy and a book exchange. We decided we needed volunteers to mind the freezer, and to start with the Core Group took this on. But since then several people have volunteered to take over this task, which frees up the Core Group to concentrate on other tasks.
Thankyou to all those who are helping to look after the Freezer and other porch projects.
We would also like to say thanks to Nick Turner, who set up the website and has given support and advice about its maintenance and growth.
We have started to improve the kitchen facilities, in advance of a pop-up community cafe in the main hall, and activities such as lessons in cooking skills. Two generous donations from the Stroud-based Circles of Compassion and Transition Stroud helped us buy an induction hob and oven.
As we move forward with our plans for developing the Trinity Rooms, we will need more help. In particular we need people who can help with
- Social media – maintaining our presence, and informing the public about events and activities
- Book-keeping – keeping track of our income and expenses
If you think you might help with either of these, or want to volunteer your help in other ways, please email Josie Cowgill at firstname.lastname@example.org.