A community that lost its hall facilities due to a fire in 2014 is set to break ground on a replacement community building this month.

St John’s Church in Meadowfield had its adjoining parochial hall destroyed by a fire in March 2014. Fundraising began immediately to cover the shortfall from the insurance settlement on the building so that a new building could be constructed. More than £220,000 has now been raised from a number of key funders and over £20,000 from the community.

Chief Fundraiser Lesley Baxter said: “The new community hall which is a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) separate to the Church was set up as St John’s hall Meadowfield and currently has three trustees. More trustees are needed and will be advertised shortly. Volunteers are also needed to help with the setting up once the building is finished.

“A lengthy legal process to draw up a lease has now all been finalised with a 30-year lease agreed between The Durham Diocesan Board of Finance, St. John’s Church and CIO St. John’s hall Meadowfield.

“Tenders for the new building work were returned in December 2017 with WJM Quigleys winning the contract.

“Building work is starting on August 13th with the breaking of ground on August 14th.

“Fundraising and grant claims are continuing for equipment.”

Work on the new building  is expected to be finished in March 2019.

Details of the project and key milestones along the journey can be found here: http://www.brandonparish.org.uk/Hall.htm and on the Facebook Page:https://www.facebook.com/Stjohnshallmeadowfield/