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 food hub in the main porch. We decided we needed volunteers to mind the hub, 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 food hub and other 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. Generous donations from the Stroud-based Circles of Compassion, Imam Hassan and Transition Stroud helped us to buy equipment such as induction hobs and an oven.
We also have received substantial financial help from Lisanne and Mario Peters, for which we are very grateful.
As we move forward with our plans for developing the Trinity Rooms, we will need more help.
If you want to volunteer your help in any way, please email Josie Cowgill at firstname.lastname@example.org.