Village Hall Refurbishment Overview

Village Hall Refurbishment Survey September 2017

As we have reported in the Bulletin, the project to refurbish the Village Hall is reviewing options to keep the cost within a budget of around £500,000. It is some time since we formally surveyed the views of the village so to support this review of options and to provide further evidence of need for funding applications, we would be grateful if you could spare a few minutes to answer the latest survey by one of the following methods:

  • Using our online questionnaire at Surveymonkey.co.uk.
  • Using the paper copy distributed with the September bulletin.
  • By downloading and printing your own copy.

A hall fit for the 21st Century of which we are all proud

The project to refurbish the Village Hall has made good progress, with building works now underway. We want the hall to continue to be at the heart of our community for another generation, making it more attractive, flexible, efficient and comfortable. We want to attract more users and be proud to invite our friends and guests.

The refurbishment will:

  • Improve efficiency and sustainability by insulating walls, roofs and loft and by installing energy efficient heating, lighting and double glazing.
  • Enhance the appearance inside and out, by re-cladding the external elevations and renewing the internal decor.
  • Increase the Post Office by 35%, the kitchen by 50%, storage by 80% and the waiting/meeting room by 16%.
  • Connect storage to the Main Hall and Vale Room and the school to the hall.
  • Modernise the toilets and all fixtures and fittings, relocating the Vale Room toilets to separate lobbies.
  • Upgrade all fixtures and fittings, installing a sprung floor in the Main Hall.

We have split the scheme into two phases, which means we can keep the Post Office and Surgery in continuous operation throughout the project. We have appointed Knowles (Oxford) Ltd as our builders and phase 1, which is now underway, will include work on the new post office, kitchen, Vale Room, toilets and front and side elevations.

We’ll need of order £500,000, including fees and VAT, for the whole job and we’ve raised £300,000 so far. This has come mainly from Blewbury village, but we have also been supported by grants, for which we are enormously grateful. The challenge now is to raise £200,000 over the next 12 months so we can finish the job next year.

Personal donations continue to arrive, more fundraising events are planned and we are applying for further grants. With the energy and resourcefulness of Blewbury and inspired by what other villages have been able to raise for similar projects, we can do this.

Supporting Our Village Hall

A number of people have told us how much the Village Hall has meant to them and their families over the years and that they would like to make a personal donation to the refurbishment. If you would like the opportunity to support the project in this way, please see further details on our Comments & Donations page. If you prefer, you can make a donation on our Virgin Money Giving page.

Donations may be made singly or over a period of time (i.e. monthly, quarterly or annually by standing order) and if Gift Aided the Government will increase your donation by 25%. Higher rate taxpayers will have their donation set off against their higher rate tax. Please see the separate forms linked from our Donations page.

If you have any ideas for fundraising or if you have any comments at all on what is proposed, please send them to Steve White at April Cottage or at stephen.white@bridusmead.co.uk. Don’t forget to come back to the Village Hall website, where we’ll report on progress and answer questions, or check out our Facebook page.