The chalet is owned by the Isle of
Wight Council, which
has leased it to the Band. STBB is
responsible for maintaining the
premises, and is currently
looking into a number of funding
avenues to ensure this happens.
The building had been unused for
sometime and was in need of
substantial repairs. This work was
urgently needed to bring the
state of the building to a
reasonable level, allowing it to
become a resource for the wider
We have split the work on the chalet into
Phase 1 (Complete)
Central Heating installed
Phase 2 (Complete)
Disabled toilet and a Disabled Access Ramp have been installed.
Phase 3 (Nearly complete)
Decoration of the building internally - this has commenced and most
of the downstairs areas, two main rooms upstairs, the upstairs landing
and the stairway have now been redecorated. This leaves some of the
smaller rooms to be done but all this is on hold as we tackle the
restoration of the outside of the building which is much more important.
Phase 4 (underway)
Repairs to the chalet's exterior is currently
underway. Where possible, we are striving to utilise the existing
timber, however, in many cases we have had no option but to replace
those parts that have rotted and decayed.
So far our (very) small band of volunteers have achieved:
Brand new guttering has been installed on the building
The facia boards on the seaward
and main entrance sides have been fully repaired and
The existing balcony posts
on the Bandstand side that are sound and
don't need to be replaced have been stripped
of many layers of paint. They have been sanded down,
treated with wood preservative and primed. They are awaiting two
coats of undercoat.
And on the seaward facing side
six new lower balcony posts ourselves and they have have been treated, primed, undercoated
Manufactured new cross beams ourselves and they have been treated, primed and undercoated (twice). They
too have been successfully installed, connected to the new posts and the existing
New balcony floor boards to replace the
rotten ones have been installed. Unfortunately,
many of the existing boards were found to be suffering from both dry
and wet rot. The ones that
could be saved
though were treated, painted and reinstalled.
Manufactured the six new top
balcony posts ourselves,
and they have have been treated, primed, undercoated (twice) and installed.
Remedial work has
been carried out on the floorboard joists and the corner supporting
beam and new floorboards have been installed.
The skirting boards
around the bottom of the new posts have been installed.
The installation of the
balustrade, as well as the individual panels/
This leaves the next
phase which will be completing the painting of
the posts with the top coat, as well as repairing the damage done to
the paintwork by the scaffolding company.
of the building
has decayed or is suffering from rot. This has enabled us to
assess what remedial work is required there.
However, we have already
installed a new top on the lower corner post and repaired the corner
end of the front cross beam.
Phase 5 (to be done)
Repairs to the roof of the building, which will need to be done
you are interested in helping us to make the full restoration of the
chalet a reality, and give Shanklin a valuable community resource, all
donations whether large or small will be gratefully received.