The village of Shutford has a population of 450 people - all of whom are community-minded
and enjoy doing things together. Shutford has no bus service or shop, which means the
residents rely heavily on their village hall for community events and gatherings including
bingo, book club, musical performances and theatre shows. Sadly, three years ago, Shutford’s
village hall was in a state of disrepair and deemed unsafe for use. Therefore, the hall
committee acted upon this and began a campaign to raise funds to build a new,
fit-for-purpose village hall complete with adequate disabled access. Through this campaign,
the committee successfully raised enough money for the build of their new hall, and many of
Shutford’s residents volunteered to help with the DIY. All that was needed to complete their
hall was funding for a new kitchen – and this is why the committee applied to the Calor
Rural Community Fund.
We caught up with Rita, one of Trustees & Committee Member of Shutford Village Hall to find
out more about her application to the Calor Rural Community Fund and how the awarded funds
from Calor has helped improve local life for the Shutford community.