Blewbury Village Hall was constructed in 1978 to meet the increasing demand in Blewbury and the surrounding villages for a centre for village activities. It has proved to be a great success with many community groups utilising the hall over the past 35 years. The list of current users is very large with a very wide range, including babies and young parents, toddlers, teenagers, and adults from 18 to those in their 80s and 90s.The Hall is now very dilapidated and run down with degraded facilities not compliant with modern requirements. The Hall needs a major refurbishment to bring it back to a facility the community can be proud of, is willing to continue using in the future and has scope for additional uses.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Blewbury Village Hall is currently used by village organisations and individuals for a very wide range of village events and purposes. The current 26 user groups cover the village primary school, dance, drama, youth club, mums and toddler groups, badminton, Pilates, drama for kids, Blewbury art group, bridge club, comedy store, pop quizzes, Blewbury parish council meetings, village meetings, polling station, post office, doctors surgery and there are many other groups who would make use of the hall
Thus the Hall has a massive use and footfall with approximately 2500 users each year with a very wide age range (babies, toddlers, teenagers, and young adults through to senior citizens).
This is a testament to the energy of people in Blewbury and surrounding area and the high level of community spirit in Blewbury. To maintain this massive use of the village hall and protect this community spirit we now urgently need to improve the facilities.
Steps to get it done:
Current state of the Hall
While the Village Hall has served the local community well over the years, it is now run-down and in need of a thorough refurbishment to make it fit for purpose in the 21st Century.
It is necessary to upgrade services to modern standards; radically improving its appearance, internally and externally, increasing storage capacity by re-optimising the use of space and, where appropriate, adding space. We wish to improve the building’s eco-performance in terms of heating, lighting, ventilation and acoustic segregation and expect reductions in maintenance and running costs. An upgraded venue will, we intend, attract new ventures to the Hall.
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