The Trustees are continuing to meet twice a month and putting in many hours of admin work, site visits, phone calls, etc. between meetings. It is all worth it – the finished building will be great! It will be available for use just about the time this June magazine hits the streets! This has been a large undertaking by the Village Hall Trustees for the use of all villagers and we sincerely trust that you will all use it and enjoy it for many years to come.
£75,000 has been raised locally for the project, and our thanks go to all those who have helped and donated. In all, an extra £4,000 has been donated for the white goods in the kitchen and a recent special birthday party raised another £1,000 towards the fit out of the building. We have benefitted from, and are grateful for a grant, from the Parish Council of £50,000. We were able to proceed only because the Parish Council agreed in 2013 to underwrite a further £70,000 in case of need, but we are pleased to say that none of this extra funding was required thanks to tight cost control, external grants obtained and, most importantly, continuing donations. The running of the new hall will be met without reliance on funds from the PC.
The building will be fully paid for and handed over to us once the final figures from the builder are agreed. We are expecting a visit from the Lottery in June to confirm that we have completed the building to their satisfaction. They have been kept in touch with progress with many reports each month and via David Cockburn’s excellent blog and are very impressed with what they have seen and how well the finances have been controlled. We take heart from their comments as they are dealing with buildings like ours all over the country.
So a positive outcome all round! Due largely to the band of donors and volunteers who have given so generously of their time, talents and money! A big thank you to you all.
Plans are well in hand for the celebratory weekend of the 25/26 July, which a separate group is working hard on at the moment; please check the website (bawdeswellvillagehall.co.uk) for more details. We look forward to seeing you all that weekend and having a great big Bawdeswell party
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