Helpers from D M Wilson Builders Ltd take a well earned tea break.

Community hub build’s great start

Progress on a community hub is well underway thanks to the region’s charitiable tradesmen who have worked for free to start.

Health and Wellbeing charity Tonic Health put out an appeal for help to convert a disused former art studio into a community hub and café in Surfleet and the past two weekends the call was answered.

Work starts on the conversion.

For the charity’s Big Build, local companies worked to get started until it was deemed building work had been delayed due to problems with the structural support.

The site sits adjacent to the Village Hall and Glen Park, which attracts in the region of 40,000 people a year who make use of the Astroturf, playing field, adventure playground, outdoor gym, walkway/path and trim trail.

Funded by a grant from Sport England and through local donations, Tonic 44 aims to become a suitable, accessible and affordable focal meeting place for the local residents, be a secondary location for Tonic Health’s charitable activities to run from, and service the users of Glen Park’s facilities.

The Hub will be open seven days a week, and will offer refreshments and light bites. Once open, it will provide a meeting place for social groups and activities.

Michael Morris, Chair of Trustees, said he would like to express his heartfelt thanks to all those concerned with helping over the weekend, in particular: D M Wilson Builders Ltd, Belmont Carpenters UK Ltd, Darren Cundy, Floor Screed Floors, Torien Services Ltd, Steve Kent Roofing, Mike Yould Plumbing & Heating Ltd, Rick Henry Services Ltd, Andrew Wild & Daniel Rose, East Anglian Civils Ltd and members of the Spalding Hockey Club.

Mr Morris said: “It was truly a team effort for which I am extremely grateful. Anyone who is able to still lend a hand with building work at Tonic 44 would be more than welcomed.”

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