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Although it may appear to some, that not much is happening with the promised up-grade of the Funtington and District Village Hall, I would like to assure you all that much is going on in the background.

The on-going maintenance of the existing village hall takes up much of Pat’s and my time, together with finding out and learning about the way the hall, and also it’s services, has been previously managed.

We have been awarded the SDNP CIL payment of £23,794.08p, however it appears that the Chair of the Parish Council is somewhat reluctant to let us have this money and is interjecting conditions that we, the Village Hall Trustees, cannot legally accept. We have proposed a compromise to the Chair, but he appears unwilling to even consider any alternatives and so we battle on with that one.

We have taken the first step towards getting residents’ consent for the Parish Council to take out a public works loan, as was previously offered to the replacement village hall scheme.

We are looking at Grants funding and we are intending to set up a sub-committee of the Village Hall Committee to look into available Grants, so if anyone has previous experience of Grant applications please get in touch with either Pat or myself.

Refurbishment plans:
We have received budgetary costs for some of the planned refurbishment work, and we are currently preparing a proposed program of the works, together with budget costs. Budget costs will identify fund raising requirements and enable us to draw up an expenditure plan.

Volunteers and Sub Committee’s:
Maintenance Volunteer
We are looking for a volunteer who would be willing to take on the day to day maintenance of the village hall, this need not be onerous, it would require someone who is able to investigate when there is a problem, such as a leaking pipe or a heater not working, and to then take the necessary action to have the fault repaired and to be in attendance when the repairs are being carried out.

Fund Raising Sub-Committee
We are looking for people to support Claire Abby and her fund raising ideas and to help her with community fund raising.

Grant Applications
We are looking for volunteers, with hopefully previous Grant Application experience, to form a sub-committee to investigate and apply for any Grant funding that is available to us and to work with the Trustees of the village hall.

Refurbishment Sub-Committee
We are looking for Construction/Building industry professionals to volunteer to become part of a sub-committee. This sub-committee will, in the early stages, just be made up of building industry professionals who will work as a team to design and cost out; a possible extension, new services and drainage to the hall, complete insulation and ventilation of the building, a new heating system, new electrical and lighting systems, refurbished kitchen and W.C.’s and also ensure that all Health and Safety Regulations are properly adhered to. At a later stage we will be looking for a sub-committee who will be responsible for decorating and fitting out the refurbished hall.

If you are able to help with any of the above please get in touch with either Pat or myself.

We have a list of Village Hall Friends and we will be arranging a meeting of all of our ‘Friends’, as soon as possible, we are also about to ask all current uses of the hall about how they feel we could improve the hall and its facilities for them.

Jane Mottershead
Chair of FDVH
01243 575480

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