7th December 2019
The interior plaster on the south wall facing the A4, has been crumbling for years. After investigation we believe that the damage is caused by moisture in the solid wall from the traffic spray and because the wall faces the prevailing rain. We are going to remove the all the unsuitable 1970’s plaster on the south wall and renew it with lime plaster, which will allow the wall to breathe and let trapped moisture escape.
We will be closing the OBS to hirers from 6th January 2020 for an expected four to six weeks to allow the work to be done. We have arranged alternative temporary accommodation for our hirers thanks to Thatcham Town Council, the Parish Hall and Brimpton Primary School. All hirers have been notified by Ali Watkinson. The exact length of time will depend on the drying time for the layers of traditional lime plaster and if any repairs are needed to the flint wall underneath.
Bookings can be made for later in February by contacting 07570 097332 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see calendar for relocation info.
The Trustees approached several local firms to provide cost estimates for the work, as well as the contractor who did the external refurbishment of the OBS building in 2014. Ellis and Co, of Shepton Mallet, Somerset, were chosen based on a competitive price and their good knowledge of the OBS.
Mark Thomas Vice Chairman