Describe your project
Repair 4 arch-shaped windows at first floor level in listed building
How will your project benefit your local community?
The hall is the last remaining community facility in the village and is used and valued by all. We have repaired the roof with grants and community contributions and now need to make these 4 windows wind and watertight and the building more energy efficient. This will allow us to cut the running costs of the building and create a warm, attractive venue for a greater number of users, especially the frail and elderly. Currently used for the flower show, photographic club, Queen's birthday lunch, concerts, polling station, wedding receptions, puppy training and whist drives we can demonstrate wide and flexible use. Since starting on the works programme in 2017, attendance has increased by approximately 10% per year to 6375 visits per year. Our success in raising funds for the roof has given hope to the community that we can preserve this treasured listed building, and despite being a small rural community we will continue to provide a vibrant community hub to address the loneliness and isolation such communities can face.
Please give details of any support you have from your local community
A community survey in 2016 demonstrated support for refurbishment of the village hall with a response return of 72%. Regular, local users of the hall generate a revenue of £4,000 pa which goes towards the day to day running costs of the hall. We have been successful in raising funds for Phase 1 (partial re-roofing and insulation) of £24,000 in 2018 and Phase 2 (final re-roofing) of £26,000 in 2019 from individual and grant-making bodies. Volunteers give their time willingly to clean and maintain the hall and in organising fund-raising events.
How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
Bickington Parish comprises 250 people - all of whom benefit from the project, as do the adjoining parishes of Ashburton, Ilsington and Denbury.
Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
Repair 4 arch-shaped windows at first floor level in listed building. The hall built in 1851 has 15 windows of which these 4 are in the most urgent need of repair. The rotten sections of the existing wooden frames will be replaced with new hand-made sections to comply with the listed building planning permission we have obtained. Existing glazing removed and replaced.
When and why was your project founded?
Our Trust was set up in 2006. This is part of Phase 3 of a programme of refurbishment works to restore the 160 year old listed building. Phase 1 (roof structural repairs) was completed in 2018 and Phase 2 (re-roofing) will be completed in 2019