Urgent plea to save Sheffield community hall

St Peters Church, Machon Bank Sheffield being renovated by Nether edge Neighbourhood Group and Common Ground
St Peters Church, Machon Bank Sheffield being renovated by Nether edge Neighbourhood Group and Common Ground
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A community hall in Sheffield could end up being sold off for a supermarket unless enough volunteers and donations come forward to help save it.

St Peter’s Church Hall in Machon Bank, Nether Edge, is currently undergoing renovation by charity Common Ground, which leases it for use by the community.

But the group may be forced to break its lease if bookings for the hall do not increase or not enough people come forward to help overhaul the venue.

Charity volunteer organiser Tim Doyle said: “Due to financial pressures caused by declining use and vandalism, Common Ground may be forced to break the lease on St Peter’s Hall which will most likely be sold to the highest bidder for houses or a supermarket.

“In order to prevent that happening we are undertaking a project to try to restore St Peter’s to some of its former glory.”

Mr Doyle is appealing for people to come forward and lend time, money or materials to the project.

He added: “It’s a really good space and it would be great for music events, barbecues and jumble sales, and it is one of the biggest green spaces within a circular mile.

“The project is going well. We had eight to 10 people here working on it yesterday and I think we’re about 20 per cent finished with the main hall at the moment. It would be very sad if it got knocked down for a supermarket but we urgently need volunteers.

“It is going to be a continuous project and we need any time people can give to make all the difference.

Coun Nikki Bond said: “St Peter’s Common Ground is a wonderful facility and it’s great that the local community has rallied round to help renovate the building so more people can use it.

“There are lots of exciting projects in the pipeline so it’s important to get the building in a decent condition, and all offers of help are greatly appreciated.”

n To volunteer on Tuesdays from 10am to 4pm, or Wednesdays from 11am to 5pm, or to donate, email timdoyle@hotmail.co.uk