Charlton Old Schoolroom Renovation Activity



In 2018 we completed the first stage of the refurbishment of the Old Schoolroom in Charlton. Over a two-year timescale we raised over £25,000 through grants from various organisations, donations from people in the village and fund-raising events. This was a magnificent achievement and enabled us to carry out the following work:

  • Refurbishment of the roof including the removal of the dormers and repair of rotten woodwork
  • Installation of insulation in the main hall
  • Removal of redundant heaters in the ceiling
  • Replacement of the old inefficient heaters with 4 wall mounted controllable heaters
  • Installation of 2 roof fans to aid heat distribution
  • Installation of 2 large closable notice boards for use by the Pre-School and Scouts
  • Painting the main hall including woodwork and entrance hall
  • Replacement of the old fluorescent lights with more efficient dimmable LED light panels
  • Installation of fire escape notices

Of course, with a building so old there is always further work required. During the first phase of refurbishment we found that the large rear window had significant wood rot. We carried out a temporary repair but this will require replacement in the next 2-3 years. The next stage of refurbishment will cover the following

  • Replacing the broken metal hut in the garden with a new larger hut for storage of tables and chairs
  • Purchase of a metal storage cabinet for cleaning materials
  • Replacing the rear window
  • Refurbishing the toilets
  • Refurbishing the kitchen
  • Tarmacing the driveway and play areas



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