Describe your project
Our rural Village Hall was opened in 1948 by Princess Alice on the Willey Estate and it is used by the Parish Council for meetings, for Counsellor surgeries, and the Hall Committee run quizzes, Skittles and Welly Wanging competitions, Conker and Curry nights, and New Year’s Eve functions. The Hall is for hire and is used for weddings, charity functions, parties, wakes, and for dancing and singing practices. We have recently had the Hall decorated inside and out and with the help of a grant from our nearest Town Council, have mended our front steps, put in a rail for disabled access, improved the outside lighting and put in a new heating thermostat. We now want to make our worn out kitchen fit for purpose
How will your project benefit your local community?
For our own functions we would be able to prepare food on site and not in our homes and we would be eminently more hireable for parties, weddings and charity functions if our kitchen was made more attractive to hirers. As our local pub has been closed we would like to work with another Village Hall to offer alternative pop up pubs for the locals, using the kitchen to serve food and drinks under license
Please give details of any support you have from your local community
All our own functions sell out with a maximum of 120 locals using the Hall each time. The Hall is also hired out to many local groups (Morris Dancers, a Conservation group, a local shoot, The Friends of the Pheasant who want the local pub open again, local singing and dancing groups, weddings, wakes and parties) The Hall is in a remote location and the views are a bonus for potential hirers. The Parish has about 600 inhabitants and our nearest town of Broseley about 6,000 people
How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
A new kitchen would mean that we could prepare food more easily on site and that would make us more attractive as a venue to those looking for catering facilities for their functions from the Village, the Parish, our nearest town of Broseley and the surrounding villages
Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
We desperately need a new kitchen as the cooker is on its last legs and the cupboards are bowed and outdated. We get people looking to book for parties, weddings, singing and dance practices as well as charity events and a new, updated kitchen would make us eminently more attractive as a place to hire. Our Committee also runs at least four events a year including our Willey the Conkerer Conker, Curry and Pumpkin night (always a sellout), and our Welly Wanging and Bowling Extravaganza in the Summer with barbecue and we would be able to prepare food at the Hall and not at home. Sadly, our local pub has closed and we also plan to offer a pop up pub for the locals in the Summer months subject to license serving food and drink
When and why was your project founded?
The Village Hall was opened by Princess Alice in 1948 and in the past has been used by many different groups but times change and to make ourselves more attractive to hirers we have to update the Hall and offer more modern facilities