The Welsh Government have awarded St Thomas’ Church, Monmouth a grant of £340,000 towards the redevelopment of their church hall as a facility for the Overmonnow community. Revd. David McGladdery, Vicar of the Monmouth Group of Parishes, said “we are all delighted with the grant. We have been working on the plans for redeveloping the Hall for many years and church and community members have already raised over £60,000 towards the work. We still need another £80,000 to complete the project but I hope we will be able to start the work quite soon”.
The Hall is already used for a parent and toddler group, a senior citizens club, and for Rainbows, Girl Guides and other community groups. When the redevelopment is complete it is planned to provide a lunch club, drop-in support and a range of other activities.
The Hall is badly in need of modernisation and the capital grant from the Community Facilities Programme will help fund an improved entrance, enlarged main hall, new toilets and function rooms and modern facilities. Local councillor Sue White said “this will be great for the Overmonnow community and particularly for those who need support”.
Fund-raising will continue and anyone who would like more information about the project should contact Steve Martin (Project Co-ordinator – 01600 772466 firstname.lastname@example.org) or Bill Leddington (Treasurer – 01600 714457).