Village Hall News
I do hope that everyone is keeping safe and well in these difficult times. The village hall remains closed, of course. No doubt we are all looking forward to the time when it is safe to relax some of the current essential restrictions on our everyday life and resume some kind of normality.
The Hall Project
The follow up meeting with Big Lottery took place but via a phone call due to the current social distancing rules. Little progress was made as it became clear that the current funding priorities do not include major capital projects for village halls (despite the headline promotion of the fund as “Reaching Communities to support spaces and places that matter most to our communities”). There remains an option to apply for a much smaller grant for one or more parts of the project.
We have made a formal bid for funding from the Village Halls Improvement Grant Fund, having successfully negotiated Stage 1 of that process. We are waiting to hear the outcome of that application.
The Steering Group has identified another 3 funds to which we can apply which we shall do over the coming weeks.
A full Specification of Works has been sent out to 4 local firms, each of which has the necessary credentials and track records to carry out the works, inviting tenders for the first 2 phases of work. We have asked for these tenders to be submitted by the end of April but given current circumstances we expect there may be some delay. We can only work around other people’s limited ability to carry on working while this crisis persists.
Waste & Recycling Bins at the Hall
May I remind everyone that the waste and recycling bins at the Hall are NOT public bins. They are for the exclusive use of users of the Hall. The bins are locked in order to facilitate this.
So thanks to the kind individual who smashed the lock on the recycling bin in order to deposit their own personal recycling waste Very community minded!
More news next month.
Keith Carter, Chairman, Village Hall Management Committee