The cottages adjacent to the hall are to be renovated. Externally their appearance is not terrible and is a style that the borough council wishes to preserve. Internally, however, it is a different story. Because of restricted funding the development of the cottages has been put on the back burner and over the last decade of inattention, the building has deteriorated.
However, the cottages have potential (as an estate agent might say). Apart from the cottages the corps provides program, premises and facilities to meet the needs of the community and further the corps’ mission. With the main corps building being heavily used on a day-to-day basis, extra accommodation could be put to use for small groups, thereby freeing up some of the larger rooms for other purposes. The corps has to postpone meetings involving smaller groups of people and turn down external requests for hire. So the extra accommodation will help boost the service The Salvation Army provides in God’s name in Hadleigh.
The corps is working very closely with DHQ and a formal THQ research and development project is underway which has produced an analysis of what is to be done. The corps is represented by a project steering group, who may be approached with any questions regarding the cottages. The members are:
Major David Woodman CS Wayne Johnson
Major Geoff Ashdown CT Pam Johnston
CSM Carl Carter Marjorie Kimberley
David Greenwood Colin Nightingale
Bandmaster Ken Hillson CCG Clifton Pell
YPSM Elaine Johnson
At the time of writing there was no timescale fixed however, it is hoped that construction work will start in early 2013.
Some internal pictures of the cottages (June 2012):