Describe your project
Our project aims to tackle the most urgent maintenance works for the Puncknowle, Swyre and West Bexington Village Hall. The Village Hall Management Committee has developed a long term maintenance plan that will be carried out in phases as funds become available. The first phases of works deal with the most urgent maintenance issues. This project is looking to tackle the second phase of maintenance works which will include external works to the drains and walls to resolve damp issues and protect the fabric of the building and works in the kitchen and storage areas including, installation of a ventilation and extraction system to resolve condensation issues, replacement of asbestos panelled fire doors, replacement lighting and redecoration.
How will your project benefit your local community?
The Village Hall is an important and popular venue for the local community of Puncknowle, Swyre and West Bexington hosting a wide range of events and activities for both young and old. (see link http://puncknowle.net/puncknowle-swyre-village-hall/village-hall-diary-dates/). There are around 600 residents in the local community who have easy access to the Village Hall where they can either hire the Hall for private venues or attend regular events such as, Table Tennis Clubs, Art Club, Craft Club, Yoga, Messy Church, Gardening Club, Book Club, WI, etc. A monthly luncheon club is also run for the over 50s providing a popular social event which is run entirely voluntarily and attended by approx. 50 residents. The Committee hosts an annual Xmas tea party as a free event to thank the local community for their support. In addition the Hall is used as a Polling Station enabling residents to vote locally and the local doctor's surgery uses the Hall annual for a vaccination survey. We also host fundraising events to raise funds for the maintenance of the Hall. The Village Hall has become even more important to the less mobile now that the village's bus service has stopped with the nearest bus route over a mile away. The success of the community spirit in Puncknowle has been recognised in the Dorset Community Action competition where the Village won an award for what it was going to look after its most vulnerable and needy people.
Please give details of any support you have from your local community
The Village Hall has always been well supported by the local community and is managed by the Village Hall Management Committee who give their time, knowledge and experience entirely voluntarily. The Committee if further support by local residents who provide support to fundraising events, help with small maintenance works and professional advice particularly in relation to maintenance. The Parish Council provides financial support with an annual precept and from time to time, West Dorset District Council extend grants for certain projects for the local community. In addition, local business and the local community generously provide financial and other support for our fundraising events.
How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
There are approximately 600 residents in the local community who have access to the Village Hall for the many events and activities provided. The local community has an average age of 55+ and for this group the social activities become important events that enable them to the enjoy company of others. Collectively, the weekly Clubs attract approximately 100 residents throughout the week and the monthly luncheon club is attended by approximately 50 residents. Monthly events are attended by wider communities and around 150 people will attend the various events. In addition, the Polling Station and Vaccination Surgery is open to all of the local community.
Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
If we are successful in our application, then the funding would be used for: - £2,500 for external works to drains to resolve damp issues and repairs to external walls - £500 redecoration of external doors - £2,500 installation of a ventilation and extraction system in the kitchen to resolve condensation issues identified on a food safety inspection - £750 replacement of lighting for energy efficient LED lighting in the kitchen and storage areas - £1,500 redecoration of the kitchen and storage areas including replacement of asbestos panelled fire doors
When and why was your project founded?
Last Year the Committee commissioned a condition survey which was carried out voluntarily by a heritage building contractor. The survey has been used to develop a long term maintenance plan which will be carried out in phases as funds become available which the most urgent works being tackled first.