EXCITING NEWS!! We have just found out that 2 funding bids have been successful, and that WREN and the Carter's Foundation have between them agreed to provide approximately £150,000 which should cover phase 1 of the project and allow us to redevelop the back hall!
However, we still need to raise money to allow the second phase of the project goes ahead. If you wish to donate, please click on the link at the bottom of this page, and please look at choosing us as your Coop community project. To ensure that 1% of what you spend on Coop products goes towards the halls redevelopment at no cost to yourself, log on to your coop account and choose your cause.
Background to the project
Wilford church halls have been a vital part of community life in our village for many years, but are now starting to show their age and are struggling to fulfil their potential at the heart of our community. A group of individuals from the church and community have come together to try to bring the halls into the 21st century, and are now looking for your help to make these plans a reality!
What are we hoping to achieve?
We have 5 core aims in improving the function of the church halls, following consultation with regular hall users:
Usage- enable the two halls to be used independently with separate toilet and kitchen facilities, and a kitchen serving hatch in the main hall to enable safer usage.
Modernisation- overall renovations to improve general condition of the halls, including improved flooring, opening up the roof in the main hall and replacing windows.
With these improvements, we believe that the halls can be an attractive and vibrant heart of the local community for the next 50 years.
Where are we at now?
So far, the halls have moved from a loss making position to an income generating position over the last 3 years. This money along with donations and fundraising has been reinvested in developing exciting plans drawn up by an architect, for which we have received planning permission:
We are now working with our preferred contractor and the grant making bodies to start the redevelopment of the back hall, whilst continuing to raise money for the front hall.
What help do we need?
There are 3 major areas we would appreciate help in:
Your expertise – if you have experience of fundraising, of helping to manage building projects or of similar projects in the past and would like to help out, we would love to have you on board with us. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your skills and how you may be able to help.
Finances – we need to raise a significant amount of money to make this vision a reality. As well as supporting us if you are a coop member, if you would like to support us financially, then please click this link.
We look forward to seeing these plans turn into a reality with your help!