The aim of the project is to update our facilities which have become outdated and dilapidated.Heating costs are eating into our scarce resources despite our replacing an outdated system this year.A wide cross-section of the local community use the hall regularly from the very young to an older demographic.It is used for painters, pilates, country dancing, WI meetings, local history groups amongst other interests.We are trying to improve communications such as putting in a telephone line as we want to engage an even wider audience.We really need to reduce the echo in the hall-people do walk out because they cannot hear and we lose business.The 10metre high ceilings cause problems with space heating.We would like to install insulation to honour our committment to reducing our carbon footprint. The washrooms have seen better days and in one the sanittary-ware is coming off the wall where the plaster has broken down.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The parish hall serves a population of 3,500 across a wide demographic.Public transport is poor and affects all demographic sectors. Having a modern amenity providing a wide range of activities addresses social isolation affecting both young and old. The ability to facilitate these activities means providing a comfortable, safe, accessible and happy outcome for social, informative and educational groups.The hall has been an educational establishment (boys' school) from 1885 until 1974 and has served the local community since, including for Parish Council open days and as a Polling Station for elections. Our aim is to support local community activity in heritage, leisure activities, arts and crafts activities and education. Increasing local awareness of our faciliries will promote the financial viability and future of the hall.
Steps to get it done:
We do have an on-going programme of fund raising engagements which involve a wide cross-section of the community.These alone are not enough to fund our essential improvements. The activities currently on offer range from concerts, to wild-life and travel talks by local people. We also provide monthly community lunches free of charge which are always popular with people from local nursing homes and a family refuge.
About the space
Cheshire West and Chester