Monday, 21 December 2015

Project Business Meeting

Miya Bond, Honorary Treasurer, Richard Boxall, Project Manager, and Steve Baber, Chair of Trustees and Project Lead, met on Monday 21 December for a project finance and planning meeting. The meeting reviewed progress to-date, compared project budget to project estimates, considered fund-raising strategies and clarified the elements of the project that will be undertaken in the next phase of works starting in January 2016. During the first phase of the project there have been extra costs that have had an impact on the contingency. Further additional costs have been calculated for the next phase of the work to meet building regulations requirements, fire protection requirements and guidance from  OFTEC. Also the repair to the crack in the south wall and the repair to the wooden window sills will be included.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Christmas at the Hall

Richard Slee completed his work on the floor in late November. His last job was to screed over the underfloor heating pipes. It was then necessary to leave the floor for some weeks for the screed to dry. Richard will return in January 2016. This provided an opportunity for the Hall to be used for community events during the Christmas period. The different events included Turning on the Christmas Tree Lights, the December Brunch with a Christmas Theme, a Community Party Evening as the Hall turned into the Laughing Cockerel, and East Worlington Primary School using the Hall for their Christmas Nativity play, a Christmas party and a Christmas prize draw event.

Monday, 14 December 2015

Heritage Project Meeting Minutes

Heritage Project Minutes Meeting 09.11.15

November Minutes now on line.

Did you know there were 25 evacuees attending East Worlington Primary School in the Second World War?

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Conservation Project Web Page Updates

A record of the conservation work on the Parish Hall is being uploaded to the new EWPH Web Site and photos to Picasa. Its a slow process to make notes about the work, collate and then upload the photos which will form part of the digital archive for the Parish, but we're getting there.

Deborah Meaden Sends Message of Support and Encouragement

Deborah Meaden, probably best known for her work with Dragon's Den on television, is unable to come to open the Hall following the completion of conservation and restoration work due to her heavy workload. Deborah has sent a message which provides us with encouragement and support. We thanks Deborah for her best wishes.
‘I would like to wish all those involved, the very best with the restoration programme and fund-raising for the Parish Hall.’

Conservation and Improvement Project - Contractors On-site Week 4

Week beginning Monday 9th November
Richard Slee and his team and Bob Short the plumber, finished their work on the first phase of the project this week. They will return in January 2016 to continue the work.

Monday 9th 
Bob Short completed laying the underfloor heating pipe work, installed the manifold and pressure tested the systems. All OK.

Richard Slee's team started to screed the floor to cover the pipe work. The screed work is being done in two parts. Today the south end of the Hall was completed.

Tuesday 10th
Richard Slee's team continued to screed the floor and completed the north end of the Hall. The screed now needs some time to thoroughly dry before any more work can be carried out.

Wednesday 11th
Richard Slee's team on site and made an excellent job of tidying the Hall and the site generally as their conclusion to this first phase of work. Thanks go to the team.

Parish Hall Trustees held there bi-monthly meeting and received a report on the progress of the work. Trustees are happy with progress to-date. They made a decision which allows the the conservation work to continue in January 2016, one month ahead of the original plan.

Friday 13th
Richard Boxall, Project Manager, and Steve Baber, Project Lead, met to review the work and plan for the next part of the project. One of the challenges is to locate the oil storage tank using the outside store. Some work will need to be undertaken in the kitchen to extend the store and make it fire-proof.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Trustees Meeting in November

Our Parish Hall Trustees met this evening and received a report on the progress with the conservation and improvement work at the hall, and the heritage project generally. The Trustees were delighted with the progress made and the quality of the conservation and improvement work. They approved to continuation of the next phase of the project to start in January 2016.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Heritage Project

Heritage Project Meetings

Minutes of our Group's October Meeting now on our web site.

At our November meeting last night we saw the work that the East Worlington Primary School are undertaking on our joint project - really fantastic!  You must have a look when its finished - hopefully by Christmas.

Conservation and Improvement Project - Contractors On-site Week 3

Week-beginning Monday 2nd November
 A focus on installing the underfloor heating pipe work this week.

Monday 2nd 
Plumber, Bob Short and Son, arrive at the Hall and makes a start with laying the underfloor heating pipe work. Richard Slee's team continued to lay the insulation so that the whole of the Hall's floor is fully insulated.

Tuesday 3rd 
A site meeting with Richard Boxall (Project Manager), Richard Slee (Contractor) and Steve Baber (Project Lead). Good progress is being made and pace and quality is in line with the project plan and specifications.

Wednesday 4th
More underfloor heating pipework laid today. There will be seven independent circuits in total. Six in the floor and one under the stage.

Thursday 5th and Friday 6th
Continuing to lay underfloor heating pipework and prepare the floor for the screed by fixing reinforcements in place and setting the levels.


Sunday, 1 November 2015

Conservation and Improvement Project - Contractor on Site Week 2.

Week beginning Monday 26th October 
Good progress has been made this week with observable results.
Monday 26th - Final preparation for concrete by installing the reinforcement mesh. Paul Waring ( Building Control Inspector) visited the Hall, approved the works to-date and agreed that the concrete sub-floor could be laid. Richard Boxall (Project Manager) Steve Baber (Project Lead) and Richard Slee (Contractor) held a progress meeting and confirmed quality and pace were in line with our requirements.
Tuesday 27th - 9.00am and the concrete mixer arrived. The concrete had to be barrowed from the mixer to the inside of the Hall. Richard Slee and his team work all morning laying the concrete sub-floor.
Wednesday 28th - The main job today was to lay the floor foundation that will be under the stage. The concrete was mixed by hand using a portable concrete mixer.
Thursday 29th - The form to support the concrete retaining walls under the stage was constructed. Laying the insulation on top of the concrete sub-floor in the hall was started.
Friday 30th - The retaining walls under the stage were concreted. The weekend allows time for the concrete to 'go off' before work starts again next week.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Tanner Trust Support Our Project

Good news. The Tanner Trust have made a donation to our conservation and improvement project and this makes a significant contribution to our funding target.

Friday, 23 October 2015

Richard Slee, Contractor Starts Conservation and Improvement Works

Week beginning Monday 19th October, Richard Slee, our main contractor started working on the Hall.

The first job was to get the floor levels correct as a foundation for the new floor. The main area to move ground materials was the area that was originally under the stage. Richard and his team used a smaller digger and mechanical barrows and moved the removed materials into skips that were taken off site.

When this work was completed a radon sump was fitted into the ground that will sit under the new floor. While this is not an area of radon concern installing the sump now is a sensible approach to ensuring the Hall has reduced any risk to its lowest possible level.

The floor surface then had to be levelled using a mix of concrete and blinding sand. On top of this a damp-proof membrane was laid and this will prevent any rising dampness.

The concrete sub-floor needs to be reinforced with metal messing and this was installed as the last job for the first week.

Well done to Richard Slee and his team for reaching this target.