Appeal for pennies to equip village hall toilets
An urgent appeal has gone out to the people of Mylor to spend more than a few pennies on the loos in the newly-refurbished Tremayne Hall.
The roof has gone up on the grade 2 listed building and everything is proceeding on time and on budget towards the initial structural work being completed and fitting out takes place.
"We have been very fortunate in not hitting too many unforeseen problems, so we were able to cut down on contingencies in the contract", said Christopher Perkins, chairman of Tremayne Hall committee, in an appeal to villagers.
"Our budget, which includes all the fund-raising and grants that we have accumulated so far, will enable us to get this phase of the work paid for and complete.
"However, money is very tight and we hope that people might help, once again, by contributing to some of the fixtures and fittings needed for the toilets and hall.
"We must get the new toilets finished now so that we can open up the hall and start using it again. Please help if you can - time is running out."
For the toilets, the group need WC pans, cisterns, white seats and urinals, wall-mounted basins and sets of taps, toilet roll holders and mirrors as well as fittings to provide facilities for disable people.
In the hall itself, downlights, downlights with emergency light, slim-line fluorescent light packs and up-lighters are needed. The overall cost of these items is about £7,000. Further grant applications are going ahead and the committee says it is pleased to have achieved the first phase of the work. Much of that is being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
A recent survey of villagers on potential users of the hall had a good response with the results giving a boost to recent grant applications.
The group aims to hold an open day in the near future so people can review, consider and join interest groups of their choice before the hall is reopened.
"We will be contacting possible group organisers and would be glad to hear from anyone who would like to help run a group" said Mr Perkins."We greatly appreciate the numerous offers of help and suggestions, and grateful thanks go to all those who returned a survey form."
The Tremayne Hall, with its distinctive clock tower, stands at the centre of the village of Mylor Bridge between Mylor Stores and the butchers.
It was built in 1827. It was a poorhouse at first, providing a home for the numerous local paupers, but later went on to become a village school, a church hall and finally a village hall.
The name Tremayne is due to ownership of the building by the Tremayne family, from whom the building is leased.
The Tremayne family inherited the building from the local benefactor and landowner, Sir Charles Lemon of Carclew in 1868.
The Tremayne Hall management committee is working to restore the old building when it will become a valuable asset for the village as a community centre.
(Falmouth Packet, 21 February 2007)