In early 2019, an architect was selected and the plans were drawn up, outlining the extension and the extra storage. You will probably have seen these at either the village fête or one of the Village Hall Open Days.
In September 2019 we successfully applied for a grant of £107,000 from Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council (BDBC), which is very exciting. We could go ahead and apply for planning permission to begin building work on the new kitchen.
Planning permission was granted in March 2020. Thanks to the grant from BDBC we are able to go ahead with the first phase of the building, which we hoped to begin in spring or early summer 2020. We now need to raise the rest of the funds, approximately another £100,000. However, the current situation with coronavirus means we have a very real challenge on our hands (which we wash thoroughly and frequently).
Raising the money
We continue to apply for funds from various sources, both large amounts for the capital expenditure of the building works, and smaller amounts for kitchen equipment. We are delighted that the following have recently contributed to the kitchen equipment fund:
- Peter Baker Foundation has granted us £2,500 which will purchase a commercial dishwasher and a fridge.
- Four Lanes Trust will purchase equipment up to £750, such as a second fridge and a large work table.
- Our County Councillor, Rhydian Vaughan, is contributing £450 from his community funds which will be used to buy a much-needed hot water boiler.
We obviously have a very long list of items to be purchased for the new kitchen so if you would like to contribute any amount please contact one of the Trustees here or call 07468 427684 to speak to the Hall Manager. Thank you.
We sincerely hope our fundraising will continue later in the year, so keep an eye on this page for more information.
We welcomed the builders in September and they have done an incredible job over the past few months, working within the regulations of the pandemic. Below you can see photos taken by Natalie Larner on 15th January this year: