New Facilities

In summer 2013, we re-opened the building with a far better welcoming area. 

It's nice and
New ladies toilets

New gent's toilets
Disabled and Baby Change Unisex room.  This is state of the art, with 'help me' alarms too.

It also has a brand new reception office.

Biffa, through the 'Local Heroes' grant provided most of the funds, with other local people providing the rest.

The builders were James and Sons, well known around Bridlington.

Press Release

St Mark’s Church Hall, in Bessingby, Bridlington, has been renovated for the whole community to use, thanks to a £47,000 grant from Biffa Award – a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK.

The Hall was officially opened by the Bishop of Hull, the Rt Revd Richard Frith on the evening of Friday 7th June 2013.

The Bishop said, “We are all enormously grateful to Biffa Award for this grant which has enabled St Mark’s to make their Church Hall a welcoming, warm and safer place.  They’ve been able to create a bright, welcoming reception area, install new plumbing and electrics, and upgrade the toilet facilities to modern standards.  This means that the Church Hall will be a better resource for the church and the whole community.”

The Revd Dave Chislett, Curate at St Mark’s said, “The renovation will make a huge difference to everyone who uses the Hall, including the children and young people who come to Little Acorns and Xstream, Alvadance who come once a week for a tea dance, the senior citizens of the Monday Club, and the Hull and East Riding Institute for the Blind.  The new entrance to the hall will mean that the children won’t have to wait in the cold until their sessions begin – they’ll be warmer and safer in the new foyer.  We’ve been wanting to do this for years, and Biffa Award’s support has been invaluable.”

Martin Pye, Principle Building Surveyor and Project Manager at Pye Building Surveying said, “The aim of our design brief was to enhance the existing entrance facilities and provide a safe and attractive environment for users. I’m really pleased with the result and it is a great improvement that will not only provide benefit to those who currently use the facilities but hopefully help attract new users to the building”

Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said, “We are pleased to support this important community project which has made the Church Hall a more welcoming place for all who use it.”