The Done Room, Tarporley

May 17, 2024 | Trust News

For nearly 400 years, the Done Room has stood at the heart of the education of young people in Tarporley and the surrounding areas. Since its initial inception in 1636, founded by the generosity of Dame Dorothy Done, it has played a role in the life of generations of Tarporley’s children: starting off as the first school in the village, it educated girls and boys for two hundred years on the site, before being  subsequently transformed into a Men’s Club and Reading Room, a youth club, Band practice room, and ballet school, right up to its current use as the home of the Done Room Pre School and meeting place for Rainbows, Brownies and Guides, all the while also acting as a space for church meetings, social events and Messy Church.

It is pleasing to see that four centuries on, the Done Room plays a pivotal role in educating and helping young people to grow, develop and learn more about life, the world and God’s love. It is a community resource, and a fixture of the parish, and we are grateful for its past and present, but we also want to safeguard its future. In order to do that, there are a number of repairs that are needed to the external fabric of this much-loved building.

The project is to upgrade the external fabric of the building (ie. re-roofing, insulation, renewing gable ends, re-pointing stonework) and altering the interior (ie. new kitchen, new outer doors, electrical works, decoration, installing a new fire escape).

Phillip Posnett, Vice Chair of Tarporley Parochial Church Council said; “The Done Room Is managed by a volunteer committee of 13 people and we badly needed to renovate the Hall to help keep it up to date and able it to carry on providing a much needed resource for Tarporley and improve the health and wellbeing of all ages.”

The Ursula Keyes Trust was very happy to be able to help with a donation which will fund the internal improvements in the complete renovation project, alongside donations from local fundraising and the Landfill Communities and Lottery Communities Funds for external renovation.