Gateshead church “floored” by generosity

by The Gateshead Housing Company & filed under News, On your estate - our Community Fund.

TGHC_Leam_Lane_Methodist_Church_March_2015_003A community hall in Gateshead is now much more accessible to users, thanks to the support of The Gateshead Housing Company and its partners.

Leam Lane Methodist Church serves the Leam Lane Estate in Gateshead. As well as church activities, it also provides a wide range of community services.

It asked The Gateshead Housing Company’s Community Fund to help with corridor resurfacing.

The fund is held by the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

The housing company, recognising the variety of services taking place at the church hall, agreed to do £2,900 worth of renovation work in kind.

The refurbishments were carried out by housing company partners Mears.

Activities at the hall include National Blood Transfusion Service, dance classes for all ages, slimming clubs, and local authority exhibitions. The hall is also used as a polling station and, of course, church events.

Kevin Fudge, Estate Officer for The Gateshead Housing Company, said: “We were delighted to help Leam Lane Methodist Church, as the improvements will benefit all the church’s users.”

Elizabeth Bell from Leam Lane Methodist Church said: “We’re so pleased with the refurbishments.

“The church hall is really well used by local people for so many different types of events.

“The corridor’s new flooring will reduce the risk of accidents – and help us to keep it clean.”

To find out more about Leam Lane Methodist Church, call Elizabeth Bell on 0191 4695794.

The Gateshead Housing Company’s Community Fund is supported by Gateshead Council and Mears.

Since the Community Fund was set up in 2006, grants totalling more than £500,000 have been made to more than 100 groups across Gateshead.

To find out more about applying for a grant, call The Community Foundation on 0191 222 0945 or email

Find more information and application forms here.

Photograph above: Elizabeth and John Bell from Leam Lane Methodist Church, Malcolm Short from Mears and Kevin Fudge of The Gateshead Housing Company watch Brian Askwith, also from Mears, put the finishing touches to the new floor.