In 1999, Alan Griffiths, owner of Broad Street Windows, purchased the Old Salvation Hall, which was situated next door to their business premises as the shared drive was essential for access. After approaches by a local resident’s association and a religious group to use the building as a meeting place, a feasibility study was conducted to establish the potential uses of the building as a community hall.
The condition of the hall was found to be completely inhabitable, requiring a lot of repair work, including a complete electrical rewire. With funding from Broad Street Windows, the work within the hall was completed within three months and local companies donated furniture to the hall.
The Broad Street Meeting Hall opened to the public shortly afterwards.
Prior to its opening, six groups had registered as wishing to use the facilities and it is now booked with around 35 events taking place each week. The hall is used for English classes, health awareness, lunch clubs, youth groups, Surestart and Bingo. Broad Street Meeting Hall’s current objective is to make the hall self-supporting in its every day running costs. This will involve appointing a committee from the hall users to manage the venture, which will in the long term allow application from the lottery funding to build a purpose built building.
Alan has been awarded recognition from Coventry City Council twice for his efforts along with The Community Award for Coventry & Warwickshire for his contributions to the community, which included housing the Foleshill Library for 18months following a fire.
Plans for the future of the hall would be to replace the building with a purpose built building as the old building, originally a Salvation Army hall built in 1946, is showing its age.
“Being part of the Coventry and Warwickshire Champions allows me to share time with like minded people and fly the flag.” – Alan Griffiths.