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Volunteers’ DIY halves the cost of giving Mildenhall’s Bunbury Rooms a new floor

Andrew Ellis and a group of volunteers have renovated the Bunbury Rooms in Mildenhall ANL-140818-234428009

Andrew Ellis and a group of volunteers have renovated the Bunbury Rooms in Mildenhall ANL-140818-234428009

The 160-year-old Bunbury Rooms in Mildenhall have a new floor thanks to a band of dedicated volunteers.

The rooms behind St Mary’s Church, Mildenhall, are used by the Freemasons, Kats dance school and Bunbury Players amateur drama group, but the building’s floor was worn out and rotting away.

But on a tight budgets, the users were going to have trouble funding a makeover until someone had the idea of doing the work themselves.

The project was handled by former architect Andrew Ellis and volunteers brought their own skills, including a mason’s father-in-law who was a retired carpenter.

Andrew said: “Everyone chipped in even if all they could do was come and make cups of tea. The morale was fantastic. We were from all walks of life and it was fun having a talk and a joke.”

He says they halved the cost to about £4,000. District councillors John Bloodworth, John McGhee, Nigel Roman and Tony Wheble granted £500 each from their locality budgets.

Andrew added: “I can tell you we wouldn’t have got it done in the time scale if we had employed someone to do it.”

 

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