AN APPEAL has been launched to raise £100,000 to modernise and refurbish The Cloisters, at Bembridge.
The Friends of Holy Trinity Church launched their appeal on Sunday, attended by well-wishers, including the Island Lord Lieutenant, Maj Gen Martin White.
Organisers point to The Cloisters having an interesting history and playing an important part of village life for more than 150 years.
It was built in 1860 as the village junior school and continued as such until the 1970s.
Situated in the heart of the village, it is now in the ownership and care of Holy Trinity Church and is used extensively by many local community organisations for private and social activities and the church.
The Friends is an independent ecumenical charity and represents the whole community.
In his launch of the appeal, Friends’ chairman Michael MacInnes said The Cloisters had served the community incredibly well over many years but now needed modernisation and restoration.
He said that would bring it up to today’s standards so it could continue to serve the community in the future even better than before.
Mr MacInnes outlined the extensive fundraising programme being organised by the Friends over the summer, covering many local events.
"Contact will be made with all those individuals and organisations locally and throughout the Island who may be able to support the appeal in one way or another," he said.
"This is very much a project for the benefit of the community as a whole.
"It is a wonderful opportunity to do something really worthwhile for the village.
"If all goes well, it is intended to carry out the work next year," said Mr MacInnes.
Project designer Robin Maconchy explained the proposed work and the vicar, Canon Andrew Menniss, led a busy question-and-answer session.