Refurbishments & Improvements

Dunston Dossier

Independent Newsletter for Dunston, Lincolnshire


Dunston Village Hall

Appreciation for Donations and Support


In 2015, we have received a grant of £9,028 from Awards for All to refit the Disabled Toilet & create a unisex Baby Changing Room and refit the Gent's Toilets making them more child friendly and £1,500 from the Bernard Sunley Foundation and £2,000 from Dunston Parish Council towards the cost of refiting the Ladies Toilets.


Dunston Village Hall Management Committee are grateful to the following individuals and businesses for their donations & support.


Howdens, Lincoln

Have donated kitchen worktops that have been used by our handyman to make two sets of steps for access to the stage.

Have enabled us to buy 10 new internal doors at a massive discount.


Elixir Bathrooms

Have donated 2 x Loo in a Box which will be used as part of the refurbishment of the Main Hall Ladies' toilets.


Johnsons Paints

Gave us a generous discount on paint used for the entrance doors.


Dunston Village Hall

Structural Repairs and Refurbishment

Five Year Plan (From 2013 to 2018)

Phase 1 Structural Repairs & Insulation.


•Repair & refurbishment of steps/ramp to main entrance.

•Repainted main entrance door.

•Removal of old immersion heater and installation of small energy efficient instant water heater to service bar, cellar area and provide hot water to toilets in the Lamyman room. (Grant of £250 from C Cllr M Overton).

•Installed an electric heater on rear wall of the stage.

•Installed 2 new electric plug sockets in Main Hall.

•Installed 2 heatelectric radiators in the Main Hall.

•Installed 1 heatelectric radiator heater in the Lamyman Room.


•Subsidence Repair– underpinning and repair to the north- west corner of the building.

•Removal of leaking drains and fitting of new drains at rear of the building.

•Construction of paved route from rear fire door to side of the building.

•Removal of Asbestos waste in roof void over the Main Hall.

•Installation of insulation in roof void over Main Hall.

•Cavity wall insulation – graphite beads.


Phase 2 Structural Repairs & Accessibility

Completed by 1st September 2014.

•Replace windows in front elevation of Main Hall & Meter Room in line with details below.

•Fit 4 heatelectric radiators with remote timer & thermostat in Main Hall.

•Remove coin meters in Main Hall to allow for thermostat and timer control.

•Remove coin meter in Lamyman Room.

Store Room: (Completed by September 2014)

Internal cladding with insulation layer of wall to the side the building which cannot be cavity filled.

•Improve storage for Cleaner’s Equipment and Supplies.

Improve storage for Club Equipment eg Carpet Bowls Mats etc.

Work starts August 2014 Thanks to a Grant from

Awards For All - Lottery Funding.


Disabled Toilet

•Internal cladding with insulation layer of wall to the side of the building which cannot be cavity filled.

• Re-site the washbasin closer to the toilet to comply with accessibility requirements.

•Install a baby changing station.

Strip, sand and re-coat wooden floor in Main Hall.

External Wall Treatment

•Removal of mossy growth from outer walls caused by damp and leaking guttering.

•Repoint brick walls to rear of building.

•Cover concrete path/ramp of fire exit with non-slip surface.

•Remove trip hazard weather strip at base of fire exit.


•Replace windows in front facing walls with thermal efficient double glazed trickle vent windows, openings at half window height.

•Improve ease of reach and accessible from a wheelchair.

•Improve ventilation in the hall with trickle vent facility.

•Reduce heat loss with more thermal efficient glazing.

•Improve appearance of the hall externally and internally.

•Replace windows to the rear of the building -5 toilet facilities and 2 store rooms with thermal efficient double glazed trickle vent windows opening outwards from the base.

•Allow easier access to window opening especially in the ladies toilets.

•Improve ventilation in the toilets and store rooms with trickle vent facility.

•Reduce heat loss reduce risk of burst pipes.

•Reduce incidence of plaster damage from damp and poor ventilation.

•Improve appearance of the toilets and storerooms internally and external.

•Facilitate removal of flaking plasterwork and mould on walls and ceiling.

Installation of new thermal efficient double glazed windows with trickle vents is part of the plan to improve energy efficiency of the Village Hall and create a more comfortable and controllable environment for users of the hall.

Kitchen Improvements

•Replace windows in the kitchen with thermal efficient double glazed trickle vent windows with openings from the base outwards above the sink and at half height on front facing wall.

•Allow easier access to window opening for most users of the kitchen.

•Improve ventilation in the kitchen hall with trickle vent facility.

•Reduce heat loss with more thermal efficient glazing.

•Reduce incidence of plaster damage from steam and poor ventilation.

•Improve appearance of the kitchen internally and external.

•Facilitate removal of flaking plasterwork and mould on ceiling

•Installation of an “Expelair” in the kitchen to remove steam and improve ventilation.

•Purchase of a new cooker.

•Redecoration of ceiling and walls.

Toilet Facilities

•Replace sanitary ware to include water saving flushing mechanisms.

•Repair plasterwork & paint ceiling & walls.

•Install energy efficient hand was water heaters.

•Install wall fitted energy efficient electric heaters.

Lamyman Room

•Refurbishment of bar cellar to create a kitchenette unit with sink, cupboards, microwave and fridge for improved use of Lamyman Room. (Target for completion November 2014)

•Fit a new entrance door to Lamyman room which opens outwards from the hall to resolve fire hazard and health and safety risk.

*to improve accessibility by removing trip hazard of the weather strip of existing door.

•Add to improvement of insulation by fitting a thermally efficient PVC door.

•Door to have a double glazed window element for safety when opening the door.

•Improve appearance of the building internally and externally.

Phase 3

•Install Energy Efficient Heating System to Lamyman Room, Bar/Cellar & Entrance Hall.

•New Entrance Door to Main Hall.

•Kitchen Improvements – new floor covering

Phase 4

•Electrical repairs to fit independent light switches/ controls in Green Room.

•Replace door to Green Room from entrance hall to allow for direct access from entrance hall and to include a hatch way/stable door fitting to provide counter facility for re-siting of post office and create a booking office /enquiry facility.

•Subdivide Green Room along joist to provide a store room with entrance from Lamyman room and office/ small meeting room with access from entrance hall.

•Fit carpeting to Green room and re-furnish.

•Install telephone/ computer access to Green Room Office area.

•Redecoration of main hall and Lamyman room.

•New Carpet for entrance hall.

Prepared May 2014


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