Landmark building given new lease of life

Thanks to a grant from the Big Lottery Fund, a landmark building in Sleights - Church House - has now had its internal refurbishment completed.

Thanks to a grant from the Big Lottery Fund, a landmark building in Sleights - Church House - has now had its internal refurbishment completed.

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A LANDMARK building in Sleights has been refurbished thanks to a lottery grant.

Church House, which is the hall for the village’s St John’s Parish Church has now had its internal makeover completed after receiving £2,882 from the Big Lottery Fund.

The building has stood at the top end of the village for over a century and its prominent clock has been giving the time to generations of villagers, as well as to the streams of motorists travelling through Sleights about to face the steep climb up Blue Bank.

Many older people in the area will remember Church House being used as a school dining room and extra classroom when Sleights School was located directly opposite, on the other corner of Eskdaleside.

That was in the days before the school was eventually moved away from its dangerous site at the foot of Blue Bank, to a safe position in the centre of the village, and the old school building converted to housing.

Concluding a four-stage internal refurbishment, the lottery funded final phase saw the hall totally transformed and brightened, by sanding and varnishing the floor and installing completely new tables and chairs.

Not just utilised for church activities and meetings, it is also used by the community and by regular outside groups.

Church House is now available for hire for clubs, groups, meetings and parties, especially children’s parties.

Anyone interested in booking the venue is asked to contact caretaker Peter MacDonald on (01947) 810275.