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Canopy framework is installed

The canopy framework is installed, the external staircase fitted and internal stud work continues.
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Studwork and electrical work commences

Brown & Payne start first fix of all the electrical and fire safety installation. Stud work commences to the first floor.

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Internal block work almost complete

Most of the internal block work is now almost completed. First fix of all the heating, hot and cold water pipework continues. Ground is prepared at the front of the building ready for the canopy to be installed.
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First fix of hot & cold water pipework commences

Anglia Heating and Ventilation start first fix of all the hot and cold water pipework for the building. Bryn Williams, our main building contractor continues with the internal block work. We appoint Cooks Blinds and Shutters to supply and install a folding wall to the the first floor. Cooks previously supplied and installed the external doors and shutters.

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Contractors Appointed

Following our grant from the NCC Construction Fund in December we are able to appoint the following contractors:

Brown & Payne – for electrical and fire installation,
Midas Structures – for the canopy and external staircase,
Anglia Heating and Ventilation – for the mechanical, heating, plumbing, ventilation and ground source heating system,
East Anglian Lift Company – for the platform lift,
Bryn Williams – continues as our main building contractor.

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We get £100,00 from the Construction Fund!!

What a fantastic early Christmas present.  Our application to the Norfolk County Council Construction Fund has been successful.  We have secured £100,000 worth of funding towards our project.  We are over the moon – it means at long, long last our project has been acknowledged as a worthwhile one by the wider community.

A stipulation of the funding was that the project should be ‘shovel ready’ – well we had been for years and could be completed within the next year.  We have a lot of work to do and still need quite a bit of funding, but with other funding applications to make and the Charity Shop going from strength to strength we are optimistic we can do it.

We are now able to appoint all of our contractors and get a schedule in place for a summer 2013 opening!!

Thank you NCC.

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September – December 2012

With the opening of the Charity Shop funds were building towards the project.  Blockwork continued to the inside of the building, the electric and water connections were made.  By December all the external brickwork was complete, internal brickwork to first floor level, internal block work to first floor level and most of the first floor joists were in position.

The site was tidied up and levelling of the ground to the front of the building took place.

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October 2012 – £10,000 awarded by The Big Society Fund

The Poppy Centre Trust were successful with their application to the North Norfolk District Council Big Society Fund.

We applied for £10,000 towards the underfloor heating pipework for the new building.  This is the next stage after the brick and block work has been completed.  We can then get the top screed laid so that fitting out of specific areas can start to take place.

Thank you NNDC!

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2 July 2012 – Poppy Centre Charity Shop opens

As funding was still proving difficult to secure the committee decided to open a Charity shop.  They had been searching for several months for some suitable premises.  They wanted a High Street location, which was big enough to stock a range of clothes, bric a brac, books and furniture.  On 2 July they opened the Poppy Centre Charity Shop at 76 – 82 High Street, Stalham, the former Newlands Florist.  The shop is staffed entirely by volunteers and all proceeds are towards the Poppy Centre building project.  We would like to thank Stalham in Bloom for the wonderful hanging baskets.

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This is our shop and this is us getting it ready prior to opening.

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April 2012

The Poppy Centre Trust was awarded £5,000.00 from the Norfolk Community Fund towards the external doors and window shutters.  This made the building secure and weather proof.

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