What’s happened so far? We made some improvements during the lockdown period: -
We fixed the flat roofs, so they no longer leak!
The whole Village Hall has been repainted inside. It now looks fresher and brighter.
An electric hot water system now feeds all the basins in our toilets.
That sounds good, but didn’t you also send out a questionnaire? Yes we did, to everyone in Wickham Market, Pettistree and Loudham, and in general you want: -
A modern, efficient, Village Hall that where possible uses renewable technologies.
Excellent soundproofing between the Main Hall and the Committee Room.
More storage, both for Hall furniture, and for use by regular clubs.
A more relaxing, accessible, and better equipped bar area.
A bright, warm, and welcoming entrance with much better disabled access.
A new pitched roof over the whole Hall if possible.
The pebbledash rendering outside stripped off and replace with modern cladding.
The car park to be given designated bays for Village Hall use, and a bike/buggy shed.
What are your next steps?
Currently we are considering making some internal changes to make better use of the space we already have in the Village Hall.
First we need a structural survey. We are now asking three engineers for estimates before we engage the best one.
How much is the Modernisation all going to cost?
Not sure, but likely to amount to several hundred thousand pounds.
Fortunately we already have just over £96,000 in our reserves. That’ll help, but….
We will have to apply for grants but also need to gather more funds ourselves. So we are starting up an Events Team to plan a programme of regular events in the Village. If you would like to join this Team please contact: -
Modernisation Steering Group (01728) 747229