Wilford Church Halls Redevelopment Project
Phase one is complete...
Well after a very busy 2019 the newly refurbished Benjamin Carter Hall was back open and in use in October 2019.
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.
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:
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
We would love to have the prayers of our community supporting this work.
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 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 the 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?
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 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.
Work began on the back hall (Benjamin Carter Hall)
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.
Increased bookings in the back hall with great use by the community, until covid-19 came along...
We've spent 2020 updating and clarifying the plans for redevelopment of the front hall, and are now getting quotes for the work and starting to look at proving community support for the project, with the aim to start raising money and applying for grants in 2021 for the project.
We look forward to seeing these plans turn into a reality with your help!