Thank you to everyone who completed the questionnaire. We received 208 responses. The main points are:
- The hall’s facilities are highly valued and 99.5% strongly agree or agree that the hall is indispensable to the welfare of the community
- 98% strongly agree or agree that the hall needs to be refurbished to make it fit for purpose
- 5% expect to use the hall after refurbishment as much as now, while 58.5% expect to use it more
- All the key aspects of the proposed refurbishment attract significant support, ranging from 58% to 88%.
We’ll put a full analysis of the results on the website; they will give strong support to our funding applications. Our plan now is to have one last big push to raise all the money we need over the next year. We’ll build whatever we can afford in about a year’s time. If we don’t raise all the money, we’ll have to make some compromises but we don’t want the project to drag on indefinitely.
One final shot at £25,000
On fundraising, we have received another contribution of £200 from the Badminton Club, we have applied for £5000 from the Oxfordshire Community Foundation and, like last year, we have submitted the project for an Aviva Community Award of up to £25,000. The finalists are selected by a public vote from 24 October to 21 November. To vote, you’ll need to register on the Aviva Community Fund website https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/ (if you registered last year, I think your registration will still work) then click on the ‘Vote’ button for our project – Blewbury Village Hall Refurbishment. Each registered user gets 10 votes all of which can be used to support the refurbishment of the hall.
Last year we fell just short of reaching the final and we’ll need everybody in the village and all your friends and relatives to vote. Please do help us get to the final for these awards.
Thank you for your continuing support. Steve White