St Calixtus Church Hall (The Iron Room)
The Church Room is locally known as the Iron Room because its exterior is cladded in iron. It will be at least 100 years old in 2011 (records before this date have yet to be confirmed). Prior to the building of the Village Hall in the late 1950s, it and the chapel school room were used as meeting rooms in the village. Records recall it being used for a variety of events including parties, celebrations, whist drives, wedding receptions, WI, Mothers’ Union, and very much more. For larger functions, such as the Coronation tea, the school was used.
The PCC embarked on a refurbishment project in May 2010. A local builder was engaged and his part of the project is now complete (as at September 2010). The refurbishment included the strengthening of the structure, the installation of a disabled toilet – something that is much needed – and an upgraded kitchen. Visually the Iron Room will look exactly the same which is something the PCC has been keen to achieve throughout the refurbishment.
The refurbishment has only been possible by donations and loans from the community, a loan from the church Local Mission Growth Fund (£20k) which has been repaid and a grant from the Fullabrook Community Interest Company (£14k). The project was completed in October 2011 and the total cost was about £45k.