Phase one is complete... well very nearly

Well after a very busy summer we're happy to announce that the newly refurbished Benjamin Carter Hall is back open and in use.

It now has full disabled access, it's own toilet (that's not only inside but is fully accessible), neater storage, a separated kitchenette, underfloor heating, insulation and double glazing. Quite a transformation. 

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We have some snagging to sort but it feels fresh and welcoming. It's amazing progress and is almost the halfway point of the project. Thank you so much to everyone that has supported us. 

It's now straight on to phase 2 of the project.

We've got a great head start on Phase 2, we already have the plans drawn, planning permission in place and a great team behind us. But we still have quite a mountain to climb. We need to find more funding, so that will be our next aim. We'd love you to get involved.

What help do we need?

There are 3 major areas we would appreciate help in:

enlightened Your time, and expertise.

If you have a skill you think that could help us, or have spare time to help us please get in touch HallsTeam@outlook.com 

heart Prayers 

We would love to have the prayers of our community supporting this work. 

£  Finances

We need to raise a significant amount of money to make this vision a reality. If you'd like to organise a fundraising event for the hall or know of grants or funds that may support us please get in touch. If you'd like to support us directly, please click this link.

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Background to the project

Wilford church halls have been a vital part of communityChurch hall exterior 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:

disabled logoAccessibility- improvements to the access to both halls via ramps, with the provision of accessible toilet facilities with baby change facilities in both halls.

 

cupboard Storage- improved storage facilities for regular users, to enable the halls to be less cluttered.

 

 

DoorUsage- 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.

 

WindowModernisation- overall renovations to improve the general condition of the halls, including improved flooring, opening up the roof in the main hall and replacing windows.

 

TreeEfficiency- improvement of insulation and heating systems to reduce energy consumption and care for the environment.

 

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?

February 2019

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. 

April 2019

We managed to secure 2 grants one from FCC Communities Foundation Ltd and one from Carters educational Foundation, which together with funds raised from quiz nights, generous individuals, the Co-op Communities fund and our uniformed organisations enabled phase 1 work to start. 

May 2019 

Work began on the back hall (Benjamin Carter Hall)

September 2019

Building work was completed on the back hall and we held our first event, tea and cake to welcome those that have supported us along the way.

September 2019 continued... 

Now time for snagging, tidying and getting the back hall to 100%... and starting the fundraising for phase 2. 

We look forward to seeing these plans turn into a reality with your help!