I am delighted to confirm that the Big Lottery Fund formally approved our application for a £200,000 grant towards the new village hall at its meeting recently. This is great news for the village as it brings our total funds we can count on to almost £750,000.
The £200,000 is now guaranteed and will be available when we require it to start the build. We prepared and submitted extensive details as part of the Big Lottery application. The news provides a huge vote of confidence in the project and it shows the Big Lottery has faith in our need for a new hall to serve the village.
We are fortunate in that a few days after our grant was formally approved, the Big Lottery confirmed that for the next 6 months all its future decisions and funding approvals will be devoted to addressing the current crisis.
This approval now gives us the boost to get ahead and finish the job and build the new village hall for which we have planning permission. However, we are not there yet as we are still some way short of the funds needed. We need to look carefully at the suitable options available to us to be able to decide how best we proceed.
We will be working on this in the very near future and will let people know what we need to do next.
Bryan Laxton - Village Hall Chair
Virtual cake stall raises over £1400!
Over the past 3 weeks Heather Langdon kindly offered to bake cakes, tray bakes, scones, fruit pies and various other delicious baked goods all for the New Village Hall charity. As many of the residents will testify Heather's baking is famous in the Village and her cakes are amazing. Heather offered for cakes to be delivered or collected during the unsettling lockdown. Residents where quick to take Heather up on her great idea as it brought not only money to a great cause but we where all able to still enjoy her baking whilst being locked down. An enormous thank you is owed to Heather and her Husband Iain who raised a massive £720 which will be match funded to make a total of £1440!
Heather baked: 85 Cake and Tray bakes, 450 scones and 15 fruit pies and other baked goods.
What a huge achievement and we all thank you for your kind support and great baking skills. We look forward to being able to enjoy some more soon.
The Village Hall Management Committee held its AGM on 11th March 2020 at which around 50 people were present. We are delighted that this includes a number of new people have been put forward by the various user groups to become trustees: Bryan Laxton (Chair), Judith Bignell-Pepper (Vice Chair), Stephen Cooper (Treasurer), Richard Pepper (Building Manager), Phil Bailey, Roz Bull, David Higgins, Peter Kendall, John Talbot, Ann Willetts, Clive Willetts, Heather Langdon.
We welcomed Barbra King (Grundisburgh WI President) as a guest to attend committee meetings.
Our thanks to retiring Tracy Kearney (Secretary) and Michelle Sanford (Bookings)
Renewed Planning Consent
We have received official confirmation that our planning application for the redevelopment of the existing hall has been approved. This is effectively a renewal of the existing consent which expired soon, but with the agreed compromise wording on the demolition timing.
This is excellent news and another step along the way to getting the project completed.
STAGE 1 APPROVAL
The Community Fund (previously the Big Lottery Fund) has confirmed they have given our application for £200,000 approval at stage 1 (of 3).
There are more stages to clear, but this is a huge step forward for us and we are delighted!
Local match funding
Local match Funding - It is hoped that this major local initiative, started by a few individuals with £50,000 pledged, will help galvanise and encourage the community into action to make extra efforts to raise a further £50,000 for the new village hall with a view to raising a total of £100,000 locally from this match funded system. All funds raised by the community will be match funded and therefore effectively doubled by this match funding scheme. We have identified around 75 entities to pursue for grant funding. We are working hard to make contact with all these possibilities, but volunteers to make these applications are always welcome. We have set ourselves the target of achieving £100,000 from these sources.