Fundraising will ‘pave the way’ to meeting house

WEST BRATTLEBORO — All Souls Church is in the final stage of a fundraising campaign to pave the driveway to the West Village Meeting House.

“Members and friends of the All Souls congregation have made generous gifts and a $14,000 grant was awarded from the Thomas Thompson Trust,” campaign organizers said in a news release. “Community members are invited to make a contribution to help the campaign meet its overall goal of $60,200 to cover the expense of this critical paving project.”

This historic building was designed as a community meeting space and has served as a gathering place for many events for more than 50 years.

“Thousands of area residents have attended events at the West Village Meeting House,” organizers said. “Accessibility to the building is of primary importance, and the steep dirt driveway has been periodically eroded by increasingly harsh rain storms, resulting in deep ruts. Paving will assure safe and smooth access.”

In addition to providing a home to the church congregation, the building provides rehearsal and performance space for Theatre Adventure, child care space for Miss Martha's Creative Nature Based Early Education Program, and rehearsal space for the Brattleboro Women's Chorus.

Other groups regularly use the building including the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community for celebrations and services on High Holy Days, Compassionate Friends of Brattleboro, and it will soon be a site for Bone Builders Exercise classes sponsored by RSVP.

The West Village Meeting House also provides an art gallery showcasing the work of area artists and is a site for numerous celebrations, concerts, lectures and community forums.

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