Gotham Memorial Hall

Refurbishment Outline

The main refurbishment has now been completed by W.R. Bloodworth & Sons Limited (www.wrbloodworth.co.uk).

The refurbishment has involved the re-distribution of the floor space of the large and under-used old Youth Club annexe, to provide an imposing new entrance and reception area giving access to all parts of the building with three new multi-use rooms which accommodate a Resource and Educational area and part-time Library, a medium sized meeting room (which doubles as a Community Café) and new kitchen, and a refurbished room for indoor sports/keep fit.  All toilet facilities have been upgraded and corridors and doorways widened to DDA standards, to ensure that the Hall complex is socially inclusive.   Gas central heating has been installed.

The old youth club windows

Resource and Educational Area and part-time Library
To be known as Wise Men Library

This houses the Library on a part-time basis, using fully moveable shelving units which can easily be cleared aside, if necessary, for functions to use the whole room.  The Library Service has committed their own capital to equip this room.  Sunpipes have been installed to allow natural lighting into the room.  The area can also be used as an IT Resource Area, for desk-based Educational Classes, and ‘out of school hours’ activities.  This has released more floor space to the Doctor’s Practice enabling them to extend their services.  Their planned refurbishment has now started and should be completed by March 2010.

Meeting Room and new Kitchen
To be known as Weldon Room and Weldon Kitchen

This will be used by village societies including the Parish Council for their monthly meetings.  It will also be used as a Community Café by the Luncheon Club and Wednesday Club, and is available to hire by all the community.  The Weldon Kitchen is fitted with modern units and has an electric cooker, fridge, dishwasher, microwave and wall mounted water boiler.  There is a serving hatch between the Weldon Kitchen and Weldon Room.

The new doors and windows

Indoor Sports/Keep Fit Room
To be known as The Moon Rakers

The remaining floor area of the second hall is available for hire for a variety of functions, possibly exercise and keep-fit classes for all age groups.  The Moonrakers has new windows and fire door which were replaced as a separate project in February 2009 by Frank Goulding Limited (www.frankgoulding.co.uk).

Toilet Facilities

All of the toilet facilities have been completely refurbished, including a separate disabled toilet with baby changing unit.

Main Entrance

One of the main objects of the refurbishment was to find a way to amalgamate the two existing halls to create the feeling of one unified building.  The original main entrance has been blocked off, and a new common entrance allowing full disabled access to all parts of the building has been created.  This will also aid security and vandalism by reducing the amount of access doors, and removing one of the external “alcoves” which attracts graffiti/litter/vandalism.

Entrance Lobby

This contains the sponsored “buy a brick” and space to park buggies/prams.  There is also an area for hanging coats.

Gotham Memorial Hall and Recreation Ground Trust