THE POPULAR Uppermill Conservative Club will continue raising the roof with exciting community events – after undergoing extensive roof repairs of its own.
In a mammoth project costing around £17,000, the entire roof on the 200-year-old building was lifted so new felt could be laid, and support timbers and woodwork replaced.
New slates have been added where necessary, all the lead work has been redone and new gutters are now in place to fix problems that have troubled the building for years.
The much-needed repairs were made possible thanks to a £10,000 Big Lottery Fund grant, along with a donation from the Association of Conservative Clubs and local fundraising events.
Scaffolding has surrounded the building for a fortnight while the work was carried out by Heights Roofing and it is expected to be removed in one more week.
Peter Archer, a member of the Club’s management committee, explained: “The roof has been causing us problems for years.
“About five years ago we redecorated upstairs but then it rained in and everything was ruined.
“In really bad weather the water used to pour down the inside wall downstairs too and it was ruining the décor and the plaster.
“We’ve done some repairs here and there but decided it was time to do the job 100 per cent as it is going to last a long time.”
The doors of the Conservative Club stayed open throughout the work to welcome in guests as well as usual groups, including Saddleworth Homewatch, Friezland Band, church groups, language classes and live music events.
Peter continued: “As a Conservative Club we wouldn’t usually be eligible for a Lottery Grant but as we are a community hub, they awarded us the money.
“Without them, and help from the ACC, we would have been stuck.
“I recommended Heights Roofing to do the work and they have done a great job. We are very pleased.
“We found a few extra pieces of work along the way but it wasn’t as bad as it could have been considering the building is over 200 years old.
“It will be nice to get the work finished and the scaffolding down ready for the summer when we have more garden functions.”