The Revd Julie Wearing, Vicar of St Faith & St Martin with St Peter at Arches, writes...

St Faith’s Parish Hall is at the centre of many activities in the community. The hall is run on a not-for-profit basis with the aim of making it affordable for various community activities to take place in the space, such as uniformed organisations, folk dancing, Tai Chi, Lincoln University Dance Society, resident and council meetings, plus birthday and baptism parties. 

The downstairs part of the hall has been in desperate need of redecoration for some time, and so thanks to a concerted effort by members of the local community, Lincolnshire Co-op and students from the University of Lincoln this has recently been achieved.

An initial day was spent sanding down the woodwork and rewarding the workers with bacon sandwiches! Help came from the congregation, parents of the local schools and also ‘a few little helpers’. All of this prepared the way for a Community Action Project led by Rachel Ashmore, Volunteering Co-ordinator for Lincolnshire Co-op, who managed the volunteers from both the Co-op and the University of Lincoln.

I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to the redecoration of the hall; the community has already offered comments such as: ‘Amazing! Such an improvement!’, and Wow, it’s looking smart. Fantastic! Here follows a report by the volunteers in which they share their thoughts on painting the hall...


Lincolnshire Co-op staff go back to school to revamp community hall

Colleagues from Lincolnshire Co-op went back to school as they helped give St Faith’s Parish Hall in Lincoln a brand-new lick of paint.

As part of their volunteer scheme, colleagues, and also students from the University of Lincoln, rolled up their sleeves and readied their paint brushes to refurbish St Faith’s Parish Hall.

Volunteers Julie Bell from the Food Operations Team and Vicki Adams from the Health and Safety Department (pictured below) both went to school at the hall. It was quite an experience for them both to be back.

Julie said: “It’s very nostalgic to be back. I have some very fond memories here and it’s good we’re bringing some good to the community.”

Vikki commented: “It’s been nearly 50 years since we’ve last been here and lots has changed. We used to get free milk in glass bottles and school meals were only 12½p!”

Volunteer Brett Ayres from the Store Development Team is the leader of the Scout group which uses the hall. He said: “This work will definitely liven the place up. The whole ethos of the Lincolnshire Co-op is to help the community and this work is giving much needed time and work to a worthy cause.”

Students from the University of Lincoln also lent a hand as part of their ‘make a difference week’. Jane Kilby, Employment and Campaigns Manager at the University of Lincoln, said: “So many students live here and it’s a fantastic opportunity for them to give something back to the local community.

Further information for those involved with projects that might be in need of voluntary support may be found here