You should hopefully be aware of our proposals to improve the village hall for the benefit of the whole of the community which we were very pleased to gain planning permission for in March 2017.
The estimated cost plan of about £245,000 is a great deal of money and deserves explanation. The following are professional estimates which of course we hope to reduce as we obtain competitive quotations:
- £131,000 – extension and remodelling to provide modern & accessible toilets and a user friendly entrance foyer
- £4,000 – proper temporary toilets to keep the hall open for our hirers during the work
- £25,000 – to replace the old asbestos slated roof which is prone to leaking
- £4,000 – to replace the old boiler
- £24,000 – allowed for professional fees including an architect and an engineer
- £17,000 – a prudent contingency sum
Then there is a small matter of VAT an estimated bill of £41,000 – as a charity we cannot recover VAT which seems very unfair but that is the law as it stands at the moment.
The Management Committee is working very hard to raise the necessary funds. Currently we have raised £16,000 from events at the Hall which is a terrific achievement and thanks must go to the village for its continuing support. We have received a very generous anonymous donation of £1,000 and grants and pledges from fund granting bodies amounting to £18,000. Decisions are awaited and expected any moment on grant applications totalling £20,000 and by February we are hopeful that we will receive favourable decisions on applications totalling £30,000. Further applications are being prepared for submission totalling £80,000. So we are well on our way but with a long way to go!
Our programme will be reviewed early in 2018 when we will have a better idea of when we will be able to make a start on the actual building work.
We’ll keep everyone up to date as we progress.