Disappointing news from Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund (BLF) has advised us that our application for a £225k grant to redevelop the Village Hall has been unsuccessful. This is disappointing news, particularly as we had successfully negotiated several previous stages over more than two years to put ourselves in a position where the BLF Funding Committee could finally consider our bid.

We have been informed that our application went to the BLF Funding Committee with a recommendation for funding but ultimately came up against a number of strong competing bids that the BLF Committee considered more worthy of funding. Of the 30 bids considered by the May 2015 Funding Committee only 12 secured funding with ours, unfortunately, not making the cut.

There was some confusion concerning the reasons why our application was unsuccessful, but it ultimately came down to perceived value for money when compared to other competing applications. Feedback on the quality of our application was favourable and BLF have provided constructive advice on the way in which any resubmitted application could be strengthened by committing to a wider and more diverse usage of the Hall and, in particular, by getting new potential users (especially clubs and organisations) to commit to using the Hall should it be improved and refurbished in the manner intended.

Accordingly, the Hall Management Committee has decided that, if we can secure sufficient commitments in principal from individuals and organisations to use an improved Hall, we will resubmit an amended application to BLF in a second, and probably final, attempt to secure the funding we need to improve the Hall and ensure its continued existence long into the future.

We will therefore spend the next few months approaching local clubs, organisations and individuals to assess whether we can secure the commitments involved and, should the outcome of that consultation exercise be successful, we will then resubmit our application for funding.

Thanks go to everyone involved in progressing the application to date and, as ever, we welcome any suggestions and advice from villagers and other interested parties on our redevelopment plans and our attempts to secure funding. 

Redevelopment plans for the Hall

The Village Hall Committee wants to improve the Village Hall so that it can be a community centre that satisfies the needs of everyone within our village community.

The old Hall is showing its age and is in need of improvements to provide additional storage at ground level, disabled toilet facilities, safer access into and around the building, a weather-protected entrance porch, improvements to the fabric of the main hall and the toilet block, and general upgrading of the finishes inside and outside the building.

Thank you to everyone in the village who engaged with the Committee over the last few years to provide views on what you wanted from the Village Hall. We used that feedback to develop and refine the proposals for the Hall and as the basis for our applications to the Big Lottery Fund for the grant funding that will allow the plans to be put into action.

Our current redevelopment proposals are shown on the following plans and elevations and it can be seen that they are very similar to those we displayed during the consultation process. Detailed planning permission for these proposals was granted in September 2014.

If you have any comments on the design proposals, or want to get more involved in the re-development of the Hall, please get in touch with us via the website. We’ll be delighted to hear from you as we genuinely welcome the involvement of everyone who lives in the village and the surrounding area.

Computer aided drawings of the proposed redevelopment

Ground floor plan below shows the new storage areas, the glazed porch and the reconfigured toilets allowing disabled access along with baby changing facilities

The Architect's sketch below gives an idea of how the gallery might look

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