At the end of January we laid out barrier fencing to show on site where the Hub will go. We were thrilled that our drawings on paper actually fitted where we thought they would on the ground! Over the following weeks the storms blew everything down, which was amazing. I thought the holes in barrier fencing would prevent that. Last week Priscilla Watkins, our Project Artist did this painting of the site, looking towards the church from the South West. The foreground section with trees will be our toilet block. Through the left hand gap between the trees you can see where our kitchen is planned. Somewhere at the far end will be our Hub entrance. The two yellow lines mark the walls of our strip of Upper Rooms in the roof space. Click here to see a photo of the site from the other end.
Following the visit of the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) on 28 January, our straw bale project is moving full steam ahead!
The DAC spent a morning with Richard, Barbara Jones from Straw Works, a representative from English Heritage and members of the project team. After inspecting the site and asking lots of questions, Stephen Craven of the DAC wrote: ‘The Committee as a whole strongly supports the intention of the project, and commends the parish for taking environmental sustainability seriously.’
We took a moment to celebrate and then signed the contract with Barbara, who is now drawing up designs for the community hall and arranging for all the different surveys to take place.
The next important step is to plan our fundraising strategy. Hilary and Richard are working together on this, thinking of different ways to involve people from the community in the project. Would you like to become a bale builder? If you’re interested, ask Richard for a leaflet. If you have any other fundraising ideas just get in touch!
Church & Community Building with Straw Bales in Tulse Hill