Good news. We have appointed Knowles and Son (Oxford) Ltd as our builders for the project and work will be starting on phase 1 in the week beginning 30 January.
This includes a new post office, refurbished kitchen, toilets and Vale Room and insulating and rendering the front and side elevations. We are expecting the work to take around 16 weeks. During this time, the builders will aim to keep the main hall, current post office and surgery in operation but there could be times when they have close. In this event, the builders will do their best to give us good notice and the Hall Management Committee will notify users. The builders will also take over an area of the car park in front of the Vale Room, which will restrict parking, particularly during school pick-up and drop-off times, and affect access to the school from the car park. The Hall Management Committee is discussing the implications of this with the school. We’ll provide more information and answer questions at the Village Hall AGM at 7.30 on 26 January in the school.
With phase 1 getting under way, we are turning our attention to phase 2. The aim is to do this at the same time next year, raising the further £200,000 we need over the next 12 months. This is a big challenge but we’re going for it. We’ll be making a number of applications for grants and we will need to continue to organise fundraising events and keep up the flow of individual donations (we’ve had 40 so far). All contributions make a difference and are welcome. You can find out how to donate at https://www.facebook.com/BlewburyVillageHallRefurb, including online via Virgin Money Giving. If you have any fundraising ideas do let us know and let’s finish the job.