Our total funding to date has reached £90,000 thanks to the village community, local businesses, Trust Funds, Essex County Council and the Parish Council
It’s always good to start a new year with good news and good news we have had in abundance.
First and with thanks to the support of the village community and our hard working social and fund raising committee, funds raised from events in the Hall in aid of the Project have now risen to £17,000 ! To add to this we have the Indian Supper to look forward to in March which has been a complete sell out and the May Ball as well as the very popular monthly film club, our regular bingo evenings and ….. events lined up for the Autumn.
Our labours in seeking funding were rewarded by the news in January that we have been awarded £20,000 by Essex County Council’s Community Initiatives Fund and we await news of other bids with eager anticipation.
Total funds raised or pledged now total just under £60,000 and we have a clear strategy to raise the remainder.
Although not all funding bids are successful and the road ahead is not going to be without its disappointments, the news since Christmas has added impetus and credibility to the Project and we are now seeking quotations from Architects to develop our scheme so that tenders can be obtained.
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.