Project Team, Timeline & Costs

Project Team

  • Steve White
  • Chris Lakeland, Chairman, Blewbury Parish Council
  • Bruce Gibson, Chairman, Hall Management Committee
  • Jane Gibson
  • Andy Bray
  • Paul Whitehead
  • Elizabeth Murphy
  • Mike Allen

With support from Elaine de Ritter, the Clerk to the Parish Council, Meirion James, Hall Management Committee Treasurer and Alex Elderfield.

Timeline To Date

  • March 2013 Project team appointed
  • May 2013 User specification produced
  • September 2013 Architects (West Waddy of Abingdon) appointed
  • October 2013 – July 2014 Public exhibitions, meetings and questionnaires
  • May 2014 Quantity Surveyor (Ridge) appointed
  • May 2014 Fundraising campaign launched
  • January 2015 Outline design produced
  • October 2015 Planning approval obtained
  • July 2016 Building regulations approval obtained
  • September 2016 Detailed design complete
  • October 2016 Building contract tendered
  • December 2016 Knowles (Oxford) Ltd appointed as builders
  • February 2017 Phase 1 starts

Timeline Planned

  • June 2017 Phase 1 complete
  • January – December 2017 Fundraising for Phase 2 (target £200,000)
  • February 2018 Phase 2 starts
  • June 2018 Refurbishment complete

Project Costs and Funding

Including professional fees and VAT liabilities, the project is estimated to cost of order £500,000. By January 2017 we had raised nearly £300,000. We now need to raise another £200,000 to finish the job. If we can’t raise all the funds required we will drop some aspects of the design or defer them for later one-off projects managed by the hall management committee.

So far, nearly £300,000 has been raised or pledged:
Parish Council reserves £60,000
Parish Council borrowing £100,000
Grants awarded by:
– Wren £50,000
– Vale of White Horse District Council £7,500
– Doris Field Trust £1,000
– Garfield Weston Foundation £10,000
– Bernard Sunley Foundation £5,000
– Tesco Bags of Help £1,000
Village fundraising events £32,000
Business donations £1,175
Individual donations (inc Gift Aid) £21,000
Chailey House development Section 106 agreement £10,750
Total £299,425

 

We now need to raise another £200,000. Fundraising events are continuing in the village. People have said that the hall means a lot to them and their families and are making personal donations. Further grant applications are being made and local businesses are being asked if they wish to support the project. We must keep up the momentum.