Describe your project
We are in the process of improving the facilities at Clungunford Village Hall so that more people can use the building for more kinds of activities. Our hall has an adjacent outside area of around 100 square metres in size that is currently full of rubbish and building waste. This area would make a perfect seating and play area for families and people using the hall during the day and in fine weather. We therefore wish to clear the area of rubbish, improve the hedging around site, plant new wildlife-friendly plants, screen an ugly oil tank and storage container, install weed membrane and a gravel surface, and buy some tables and chairs.
How will your project benefit your local community?
We are a rural parish with limited transport services. There is no shop, pub or leisure facilities in the village and the village hall acts as community hub for activities and services that could only be accessed with considerable travel and cost. The hall is used regularly for many different activities, for example: • Visiting post office • Saturday night dances • Yoga classes • Community bar • Choir rehearsals • Coffee mornings • Arts performances • ‘Flicks in the Sticks’ community cinema • Sports clubs • Bingo • Pensioner lunches • Amateur dramatics Having a useable outdoor space for with seating and tables will increase the capacity of the hall, improve the facilities available to users, and increase the ways the hall can be used during clement weather. The outdoor space would become a valuable community meeting point. It will be particularly useful for families with children, older members of the community and those who are socially isolated.
Please give details of any support you have from your local community
The hall has very committed local support from its users, and others who wish to support a sustainable community in a rural area. By 2005 the hall was 70 years old and in a poor state or repair. There have been ongoing improvements and renovations over the past 14 years and although we have received some grant funding, the local community have raised around £150,000 towards renovations in that period. However, more work remains to be done and addition local funding sources are limited.
How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
Clungunford Parish has a population of around 400 people who use the hall and associated facilities frequently. But the hall serves a much wider rural catchment and we estimate that there is a population of around 4000 who may use it during through the year.
Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
We hope to spend any award on the following: • Clearing the area of rubbish - £500 • Clearing the undergrowth and improving hedging - £500 • Tables and chairs - £2000 • Weed membrane and gravel surface - £500 • Plants and screening for oil tank and storage container - £500 • Young children play equipment – £1000
When and why was your project founded?
The hall was built in the 1930s to provide leisure and educational facilities. It has been used regularly since that time and has been the home to some activities, such as our Saturday night dance, that go back continuously for over 50 years.