More good news. The Lottery have awarded us £90,000. They told us our set of documents was the best they had seen!
The Pye Charitable Settlement has also given us £1000 and the excellent Oktoberfest raised over £1800. With a continuing trickle of very welcome personal donations, this takes the amount raised to £472,000, passing our target of £455,000. Hooray!
This is a brilliant achievement but It is clear from the bids we have now received that we may still need to find some more money. With some grant applications still outstanding, we are confident that we can raise this and can press ahead with the project as specified and on the planned timetable, starting as early in the new year as our builder can get going. We may even be able to add back some elements we excluded from the specification to keep within budget and to include furniture, fixtures and fittings we were expecting to have to fund from general reserves.
Until we have selected a builder and agreed a firm price, we are not then slackening our fundraising efforts. There are still some tickets left for the Christmas Rat Pack on the 29th and 30th of November.
Personal donations can still be made at http://blewbury.co.uk/venues/village-hall-refurbishment/comments-donations/ or cheques, made payable to the Blewbury Hall Refurbishment Account can be sent to our Treasurer, Meirion James, at 3 Berry Lane. A huge thank you to everybody who has contributed to getting us to this position.