The Village Hall is once again available for our regular users thanks to all the measures that we have taken to secure against Covid-19.
However, most regular users are not planning to resume for some time yet as the situation remains difficult.
There will be no income for the Hall in January and we shall have to meet around £3000 of costs including Insurance premium, Music Licence etc. There will be a significant operational deficit during the first few months of 2021. Please bear with us and resume your usual activities at the Hall as soon as you feel safe to do so.
The Hall Project
Many, many thanks to all those local businesses and individuals who have stepped up to pledge money towards our application to BIFFA. The full application has now been submitted and we await the decision of the awards panel which will be made in February. The Hall Committee will write to everyone soon to explain what the next steps will be to turn the pledges into donations.
After around 18 months of very frustrating work on unsuccessful bids for grant funding, I am delighted to advise that we have been awarded a grant of £75,000 by ACRE under its Village Halls Improvement Grant scheme. This is a welcome addition to our funds but still leaves us needing a further £125,000 or so to complete the works, hence our application to BIFFA.
The ACRE grant does now give us the confidence (and funds) to make a solid start on the project and we have started to plan the details with our Project Managers (Philips Chartered Surveyors) with a view to starting in April 2021.
Once agreed, the details will be available on the Hall website :
I will also include more about the works and timetable in subsequent articles. Alongside this we continue to explore other opportunities to obtain the additional funding that we need.
Hall Annual General Meeting
Due to the Covid-19 situation, the Hall Committee decided to postpone the AGM. I will advise further information once the Committee has considered any change to the situation post-Christmas.
Finally, on behalf of the Hall Committee, may I wish everyone a much better and more “normal” 2021
Chairman, Village Hall Management Committee
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