Describe your project
Renovating the hall to a higher standard enabling us to market it for wedding venues and parties. The hall needs a full renovation inside and outside. New kitchen. New bar area changing it around to allow more space. Updating the windows which are flaking and looking very shabby. The hall was bought over 25 years ago by the local community after it was closed as a school. It has required volunteers to run the committee to raise funds to keep it open as a venue place for the local community. It is used for classes , brownies, and parties. We run quizzes and fetes as fundraising. The money raised is for the day to day running so renovations has been difficult to achieve and its looking shabby!! To encourage more hirers it needs jazzing up!! We need new flooring. New electrics. Toilets updating. Facia boards updating.
How will your project benefit your local community?
To enable the hall to remain open for the local community we need it to be a viable business. It needs to look smart and clean and be more efficient. The hall enables our community to meet up at events and keep the community spirit going. We want to attract the younger generation and encourage mother and baby groups and youth clubs. Our village is rural so a village hall is crucial for our older generation to allow them to meet up. It would be a possibility of looking at opening up the hall as a denentia cafe. If we could update the bar to a bar/cafe style it gives us more opportunities.
Please give details of any support you have from your local community
The local community are our main support in our fundraising events. Without them we would be unable to keep the hall going. We rely also on our local committee members who run the hall. We organise and run the events in our own time. The village hall is fully supported by the community but life every community the older generation often cannot attend anymore and we need to attract the younger generation in. Competing with trendy bars and cafes is not easy!
How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
We have several hundred in our community who will benefit but we are also providing a service to the local towns. Haverhill is a large town and often community halls in smaller villages attract people for things like clubs and quiz nights. We want to try and keep clubs going such as older peoples clubs, brownies, quiz nights, burns nights and fetes. We have run casino nights, food nights, barn dances all very enjoyable events.
Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
We intend to renovate the hall to a higher standard. Updating our kitchen, enabling us to cater more professionally and offer a higher standard to our hirers of the hall. We plan to move the bar around and change it to a cafe/bar style allowing greater versatility. The floor needs changing to wood or tiles so easier to maintain. The outer aspect of the hall needs improving and giving it a more modern feeling. The hall has not had a renovation since it was originally adapted from a school to a hall. It is very dark and uninviting.
When and why was your project founded?
We have new committee members and we would like to change the hall to enable it to have more regular groups and classes so the hall is utilised more. We decided to start fund-raising specifically for the renovations to "jazz up the hall".