The Village Hall will remain closed until at least 17th May in accordance with the requirements of the government “roadmap”. Hopefully, there will be no setbacks which prevent the “roadmap” from being followed, but this depends on how diligently the great British public stick with the rules.
I’m sure we are all looking forward to resuming all those social activities that make Wisborough Green such a great place to live.
The Hall Project
Preparations for the regeneration and transformation of our village hall have been ongoing for a long time now and we are grateful for the patience that the community has shown in waiting for these changes to happen. The moment has now come to move from preparations to real change.
It has been quite a busy time for us on the Village Hall Committee since we started our search for grant funding. The road has not been easy with many obstacles and setbacks at various times but as you can read below, we are now ready to move forward.
Biffa Bid Update
We do have the Biffa-decision now and, unfortunately, they have decided not to award a grant to us. In their letter they cite how competitive and numerous the list of applicants was and that Biffa believed that there are more deserving cases than WGVH. We felt that we had a strong case but the competition for funding these days is very tough.
We are very disappointed that this source of funding isn’t available to us, but we are motivated by all the support and encouragement we are getting from our village community.
Returning to the issue of your pledges, thank you again for your generosity and community spirit shown by many individuals. Many of us do feel fortunate to live in Wisborough Green. When we first mentioned our intentions to apply for the grant, we said that any monies would be requested on condition that our bid succeeded. Since we have had to wait until now for the decision, some of our friends have said that they will donate their monies even if our bid was not successful. So far, we have received nearly three thousand pounds, a wonderful response from our community. All these monies will be used to pay for the refurbishment costs.
If you also wish to donate your pledged-money, or any other sum, please do consider doing so – every penny counts towards creating a village hall that befits our fantastic community. We have registered for Gift Aid and we have made giving simple and straight forward.
To donate, please e-mail email@example.com and the necessary bank details and Gift Aid forms will be sent to you.
If you have any questions, or even fund-raising ideas, then please contact John or Keith Carter. We will keep everyone informed of the progress, total amounts donated and, of course, how the building works are getting on.
Other Grant Applications
As advised last month, our application to Chichester DC is due to be considered on 24th March 2021 so a decision won’t be known until after that.
Alongside this, we have identified another couple of potential grant funders and are working on completing the supporting paperwork. These will be targeted at Stage Two of the transformation.
Start of Works
Despite the disappointment of the BIFFA bid and other grant applications, the Steering Group has been able to put together a funding package of around £400,000 which enables us to proceed with Stage One of the major regeneration. This will allow everyone to observe the building works and bolster our morale after many years in the planning. The search for funding of Stage Two of the transformation will continue, but less urgently than before, while we focus our energies on achieving a successful outcome for Stage One
Detailed plans setting out the scope and costs of Stage One of the works have been received from Philips Chartered Surveyors. These have been approved by the Trustees of the Hall, at an estimated cost of £395,956.
I am pleased to advise that work will start imminently! You can see the Stage One plans which will be placed on our website in the next couple of weeks.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or ideas for making our hall the great community venue that it should be.
Any updates will be available on the Hall website: www.wisboroughgreenvh.org.uk
Chairman, Village Hall Management Committee
email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 01403 700502