We aim to maintain the St Giles’ Community Centre as a Community Asset and improve it for the future. All fees for hiring a hall are used to cover running expenses.  Volunteers give their time and effort to deep-clean and redecorate both internal and external aspects.

Improvements to bring the building up to standards required for the 21st Century require additional finance.  This is obtained partly by our own fund-raising efforts and partly by applying for grants but we always have to meet a proportion of the cost from our own resources.  Recent improvements have been a new floor in the Main Hall, upgraded heating system including 2 new boilers, upgraded electrical installation, new roof and guttering.  Now we are coming out of the COVID restrictions we are looking forward to provide new toilet facilities. It is our intention to site these in a new extension; this will release the space from the old toilets for a larger and improved kitchen.

One of our streams of fund-raising is THE 200 CLUB lottery that is open to anyone over 16.  The maximum quantity of numbers in the monthly draw is restricted to 200 so the odds are good.  All of you plus your friends and relations are encouraged to help by becoming members and subscribing (£2 per number per month).  Our monthly draw usually takes place at the PCC meeting.  Half the monthly subscription goes towards the Hall Development Fund; 70% of the remainder is awarded to the holder of the first number drawn; 30% of the remainder goes to the holder of the second number drawn.  Results are posted in the Hall, in Church, in the pew sheet and the quarterly magazine.

You have to be in it to win it!  You can “do your bit” and become a member.  Application forms and 200 Club rules are available from me, in the foyer of the Community Centre or just inside St Giles’ Church.  Don’t put it off, subscribe!

Ian Lawrence
PCC member nominated by the PCC as “Promoter” of the 200 Club
01636 6052