Many residents will have seen the improvements made to the village hall by Phase I of the refurbishment project which cost just over £100,000 and included a new floor in the small hall, new acoustic doors, up-to-date PA and projection equipment and new stage lighting as well as the unsung , but necessary, structural improvements and redecoration.
However, the poor condition of the other half of the building is now brought into sharper focus. A great deal of structural work still needs to be done, including replacement of the flat roofing, and Phase II addresses this as well as a new entrance, a stage/green room, a new quiet meeting room, refurbished toilets and an extension to the very cramped store room.
This amount of work will cost a large amount of money – of the order of £180,000. Grants were obtained for some of the cost of Phase I but may be harder to come by for Phase II. The Parish Council, which owns the Village Green, has been as supportive as ever, providing a generous grant to kick-start the next fundraising campaign. Other grants are being sought and a number of local fundraising activities are planned. That said, it will be necessary to attract some sponsorship to obtain sufficient funds to complete Phase II.
Chilworth Village Hall is a registered Charity No 301782
It is run by the Management Committee which consists of trustees and other members who are all volunteers. The maintenance and running of the hall depends entirely on the money received from bookings for the hiring of the hall and its facilities.
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!
What can you do to help?
The Hall needs community support. A thriving community needs a thriving Village Hall. This is your Hall and it needs you to use and support it.
Sponsorship, Fundraising, Donations
Do you own, manage, run or work in a local business which might be prepared to sponsor us? Many businesses do have funds set aside for community projects such as this and might be glad to help. There may be tax advantages as well as kudos and some advertising.
The S J Academy of Dance recently put on a wonderful show and donated all their receipts to the Hall.
Several residents have already made personal donations as a measure of their support and more would be very welcome. All donations received will be acknowledged both on the website and in some more permanent form.
To find out how to donate, with Gift Aid, please go to this page.
For more information, or if you have a question or suggestion, please contact the Hall’s fundraising team, Gill Holebrook, Joan Pryde or Brian Luff. An e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org will reach them.
Please note that Chilworth Hall does not do street or door-to-door cash collections.