Describe your project
Ellerdine Village hall is located in a rural area in Shropshire. The village hall is one of very few local facilities where the community can come together to meet, socialise and participate in a wide range of activities. Over the last four years a dedicated team of local volunteers have made positive improvements to the village hall to make it a warm and welcoming place for all. The result is that it has become an increasingly popular rural venue to hire for parties and events, however it is seriously lacking a purpose-built bar. This project will install a bar and serving area to enable improvements of the facility for social gatherings, fundraising events and general hire. The people who will benefit will be the residents in the nearby and wider communities who hire the hall or attend events.
How will your project benefit your local community?
A purpose built bar is needed because the current set up is in a meeting room which consists of a single worktop with glasses on open shelves below, a sink, stand-alone domestic fridges, no optics, no secure storage and no glass dishwasher. The serving area is an open hatch in the foyer entrance. In addition, half of the room is filled with toys belonging to the weekly mother and toddler group. Whilst the hall is more popular to hire for children’s parties, the layout does not maximise the potential to attract hire for adult parties and celebrations. The benefit to hirers will be a fully equipped bar area where external bar providers can deliver a professional service for parties or family celebrations. Overall the difference will improve local life because more people will benefit from using the facility and create long lasting memories that further value the village hall as the local asset where people come together.
Please give details of any support you have from your local community
Support from the local community is evident in the numbers of people attending organised events, as well as the increase in bookings. An annual beer festival exceeds 400 people, and other seasonal social events sell out with numbers to the maximum of 80 tickets. The amount of party bookings has quadrupled over 4 years. The feedback is that a well-equipped bar with glass dishwashing facilities would massively improve hire. The family of a local popular micro brewery have supplied beer to the hall for decades and can’t express enough how much these improvements are needed.
How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
The refurbishment project would benefit the 2500 people that already use the facilities every year. But upgraded, modern improvements would enable even more people to benefit from hiring the hall for gatherings, parties, celebrations or wakes.
Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
The funding will be spent on stud walling and doors to divide the current room and create a separate lockable small bar area plus a storage room for the toddler group equipment, and bar supplies. It will also provide funds for a lockable roller shutter on the serving hatch. Other items will be purchased including glass front fridges, glass washer, cupboards, and worktop.
When and why was your project founded?
This project forms part of a number of planned enhancements to the village hall as recently funding was granted from Garfield Weston for accessible toilets, improved WC layout and entrance/foyer improvements. The improvements will create a modern accessible facility and a bar area will enhance these plans