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We're half improved!

Updated: Oct 8, 2021



March 2021

It has been three years since the village hall committee started on the urgent project to refurbish the village hall. At the time, parts of the hall were not fit for purpose, the toilets needed renovating, there were no wheelchair accessible toilet facilities, the storeroom was a leaking wooden hut and the meeting room at the rear of the hall, also wooden, was deteriorating rapidly.

Thanks to generous grants and local fund raising, we have been able to complete the most pressing improvements.

· The existing toilets were renovated in 2018.

· New storerooms were completed in 2019.

· The new annex which houses the accessible toilet has just been completed. It also has a baby changing unit. The annex is accessed from the main hall and includes a wheelchair accessible fire exit.

· The main hall’s insulation has been upgraded and the room is now being redecorated.

Total expenditure and commitment to date has been £148,785, net of VAT recovered so far.

This is only halfway!

We now face the task of raising funds to replace the wooden meeting room at the rear. This has deteriorated so badly that it can no longer be used. We plan to replace it with a more spacious room that can be used independently of the main hall, with a wheelchair accessible entrance, direct access to the new annex and a servery.

The meeting room will be ideal for smaller social gatherings and committee meetings. It will be convenient for local business to use for off site management meetings and training sessions, something that we currently receive requests for. It will also give performers improved changing facilities, encouraging wider use of our existing stage.

The cost estimate, including VAT, is £160,980 fully equipped.

When the project is complete the village will be proud to have a modern community centre for all, which will be sustainable for many years to come.

We hope our future applications for grants towards this essential project will be favourably considered.

Special thanks to everyone who has contributed to this project.

Village Hall Funding
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