Wallblake House - A Restoration in Process
August 3, 1997 Progress Report
Restoration work has not yet actually commenced on
Wallblake House, but this is merely evidence
of our taking one cautious step at a time.
Where are we to date?
- Our Trust Deed is
being drawn up by Mr. Malcom Hope-Ross, with
the appointment of three Trustees: Malcolm Hope-Ross,
Sir Emile Gumbs and Marjorie McClean.
- Once the Trust is in place and approved by Bishop
Reece, we will be in a position to negotiate with our
Bankers. Three Commercial Banks have been approached
to ascertain level of interest in helping us, and all three
banks have assured us of their interest in seeing a
project of this nature succeed. All have offered us 'best
customer' interest rates. It has been recommended that we
arrange for Overdraft facilities, rather than a Loan.
- Mr. Anthony Sheehy has volunteered his services as
a qualified Civil Engineer and has taken on the responsibility
of securing three well-recommended carpenters for the
commencement of this restoration work. He intends to
start on the
three outbuildings for these reasons:
We have obtained insurance quotations on:
- It will give an indication of the level of deterioration
we are dealing with in terms of cost and time; and
- It will provide suitable on-site storage facilities
for furniture, general household items and equipment for when
work starts on the main house.
If anyone has a contact willing to quote on the above, it is
not too late to submit and a valuation report on the building
will be made available. Once these three covers are in
place, along with the Trust, we are ready to start.
If anyone has access to old photographs of Wallblake House,
please consider loaning them to us - they will be returned.
Mr. Sheehy has requested this, as old photos can prove to
be very useful to restoration work.
- Building Under Construction - Contractors All Risk
- Workmen's Compensation / Employer's Indemnity
- Public Liability
We know everyone is concerned about Wallblake House itself.
Attempts to stem further deterioration will be taken.
We are in the process of obtaining a sheet of tarpaulin
large enough the cover the entire roof of the main house and
thereby prevent further rain damage. Spraying for subterranean
termites will be done at the outset of restoration work under
the supervision of Tony Sheehy. Volunteers for cleaning out the
three outbuildings will be appreciated.
We, as a Parish, are already indebted to Tony Sheehy, who, at
his own expense, secured the roof of Wallblake House by
the laying of heavy-duty felt/tar paper over the exposed
timber, after stripping away the damaged shingled exterior.
This he did twice - after Hurricane Luis, and then again after
- The models of Wallblake House, which will serve as
collection boxes placed at five suitable locations, will be
made during the month of August - after Carnival.
David Carty has offered to supervise the construction
of these models, and all volunteers from our Youth Group - girls
included - are asked to contact Damian Carty.
- At the moment our Savings Account at Barclay's Bank PLC
has in excess of US $21,000.00, as a result of our
weekly '2nd Collections'; sale of T-shirts; sale of
Wallblake House Prints and packs of prints depicting
Wallblake House - couresy Margie Morani; sale of Raffle
Tickets in the U.S.A. for a week's holiday in Anguilla -
courtesy Richard McCandless and Jerry Blaho; and donations.
Eileen Dobson from Canada has sent us US $2,000 in memory
of her late husband, Dr. Dobson, who served here in the late
50's; and Dave and Carol Schnittlich of Mango's Restaurant
have given us US $1,000 - our two largest single donations
Ten of our Wallblake House prints have been framed by the Trust
and for the purpose of exposure, these have been placed
at the following outlets:
SAVANNAH ART GALLERY, COURTNEY
DEVONISH' ART GALLERY, MARGIE MORANI'S ART STUDIO,
TOURIST BOARD, ALL ISLAND CABLE TV AND
FERRYBOAT INN. Still to be placed at are CHIEF MINISTER'S
OFFICE, NATIONAL TRUST
and CABLE & WIRELESS.
We are looking now for volunteers to begin selling raffle
tickets for a week's holiday in Disney World, Florida.
Tickets are US $100 - total number of tickets is 350 - for
a one week's vacation for a family of four,
including round trip air fares, week's
care rental, accomondation and 3-day passes to Disney World.
In the event that the trip to Disney World cannot be taken
for whatever reason, we are offering a Cash Prize of US $5,000
as an alternative.
The Wallblake House Trust
PO Box 1127
British West Indies
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