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Community centre goes ahead with mezzanine floor improvement

Posted by Mark
July 18, 2012 in Community

The Cheese and Grain in the Somerset town of Frome has been put to a great number of uses during its 140 year history and, with plans just agreed for a makeover of the  mezzanine flooring  mezzanine flooring level, is set to widen its scope even further.

Constructed as the town’s market hall in 1874, it was originally used to store local cheese and grain before the produce was taken to market using the adjacent railway line. The building was used as a munitions store from 1914-18 and then for occasional exhibitions or factory storage, until Mendip District Council took it over in the 1990s on a 99 year lease.

A complete makeover of the building turned it into a multi-purpose hall for use by any group within the community, including schools, charities and social groups. A Farmers’ Market is held each week, selling local produce, while various concerts, shows, lectures and other events are held in the evening.

The Cheese and Grain has just put in a bid to the lottery Communities Living Sustainability Programme for £1m, although its financial future looks very healthy with a recent meeting of the council agreeing a further five years’ funding.

A recent grant of £25,000 from Community Builders, the local government sustainability fund, will be used to refurbish the presently empty mezzanine flooring level, creating more useable space for hiring out. This in turn will enable the Cheese and Grain to raise a £250,000 loan for further improvements, which will be serviced by the hire receipts.

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