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Updated: 11 hours ago

It's been a while but we're back with another renovation update...

The Lancaster Room, located on the ground floor of the main building, has been crying out for some love for a very long time.

It has had a long and varied history, having been used as a playgroup and an office before being turned into a meeting space several years ago.

Preparing this room revealed several layers of its history in the paint work and wallpapers that were stripped away to enable the team to achieve fabulous finish you see above.

Our thanks go out to our Chairman and his wife for the hours of work they put into stripping the wallpaper, as well as Dave's restoration of the shutters.

JK Decorating were also on hand to put their efforts into the paintwork, which was as much about filling and cleaning the existing walls and woodwork as it was the paint itself! As usual, the results were worth the wait.

The flooring was sold and installed by Phoenix Flooring and looks wonderful, tying together the decoration and furniture effortlessly.

Overall, we're sure you will be as impressed with the end result as we are and we're glad that the Lancaster Room is finally meeting its potential!

Our renovation work continues here at the Chantry, with the Lounge being our latest space to be given a facelift.

This room had many challenges, from restoration of the Tudor brick fireplace to scraping back a few hundred years-worth of paint from the original panelled walls, with extensive repairs of the wooden shutters and a much-needed sweep of the chimney along the way!

JK Decoration did a sterling job of prepping and painting all the woodwork, while our chairman, Dave, took charge of making sure the shutters and their housings were up to scratch. The lovely soft green reflects the garden views beautifully and makes a wonderful feature of the historic panelling.

Our thanks also go out to local businessman Dan, from ChimneyTech, who made short work of several generations-worth of crow’s nests hidden above the fireplace!

We were lucky enough to be given some funding for this project from South Gloucestershire Council’s Area Wide Grants scheme, as well as some Member Awarded Funding, courtesy of Cllr Maggie Tyrrell, Cllr Jayne Stansfield and Cllr Shirley Holloway. Our thanks to them for helping us to do justice in restoring this historic room.

We felt that, as the Social Club no longer operates, it was time for a change of name to go with the facelift. The new name reflects our long history, and honours one of the earliest owners of the Chantry, dating back to the 1500’s….

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you:

The Hampden Room.

Our renovations are continuing apace here at the Chantry. Next on our list was the hallway which, as I’m sure many of you will recall, has needed both a coat of paint and a lot of love for a long time!

The first step was a LOT of prep work – sanding, filling, and scraping back decades of old paint to get a good base for the new decoration took up a significant amount of the time we’d assigned to the work. The decorators were working to a strict deadline, to make sure we disrupted as few of our groups as possible, and they took on the challenge admirably.

It took us a while to choose the right colour but after some deliberation (and a straw poll of anyone the office team spotted around the building) we settled on the soft green you see in the photos. This contrasts nicely with the bright white doors and archways. The downstairs hallway, along with both stairwells, have been transformed with the fresh paint on the walls and woodwork making it look so much brighter and welcoming.

The downstairs section also has new, more discreet, lighting which gives the whole space a lift. We also installed a contrasting carpet (courtesy of Phoenix Flooring), along with new signage from Avon Displays to complete the transformation.

Our thanks again to JK Decoration for taking on another big job. Jamie’s team worked their socks off on this one – and it shows!

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