Club needs four figure sum for building repairs

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Gosberton Youth Club has temporarily shut while it battles to raise a four figure sum for building repairs and finds a volunteer youth worker.

The club closed its sports hall two or three weeks ago because of problems with an internal wall, which is moving.

Chairman of trustees the Rev Ian Walter said: “We have been advised it was probably not built quite to specifications when it was originally built. We have got to get it sorted out.”

The club doesn’t yet know how big the repair bill will be although Mr Walters says it will be “a four figure sum”.

He said: “Currently we have got no funds to meet that at all. We are going to be applying for grants like mad over the next few weeks and months and applying to see if any local businesses could be generous to us.”

Mr Walters says the sports hall takes up about half of the youth club building and, since it was closed, numbers attending have fallen.

The club normally closes between July-September, but trustees have decided to close it several weeks early because of the drop in attendance.

The building also houses a playgroup but that is still running.

The club is appealing for a youth worker – or someone willing to train as a youth worker – to step forward.

Mr Walters said the new board of trustees has spent thousands of pounds restoring the building since taking it over in 2013.

“We had rain coming in through the roof, damp in the walls, lights that were broken and many other repairs that needed doing,” said Mr Walters.

He is confident the latest work will get done and says: “We are aiming for a grand reopening in September.”