the Memorial Hall have a future?
Memorial Hall is registered as a charity, with its trustees being
drawn from the village organisations who use it.
Charity now faces a dilemma, use of the Hall is decreasing,
interest from local groups to act as trustees has dropped and the
Hall requires work and funds to keep it going. This is coupled
with the fact that the Hall is in need of renovation and repair to
make it more attractive for users.
the Hall is just breaking even but this hides the fact that
substantial sums are needed to renovate the old building and carry
out essential repairs.
seems to care about what happens to it. A recent survey
about what to do with the hall received only six responses and
clearly it is not something which concerns many people.
remaining few members of the Hall committee have investigated what
it would take to bring the hall up to the level of a modern
community centre and the cost varied between £1m-£2.5m.
For this to take place, even with the best grants available, the
village would need to raise between £200k-£500k. Given the
current demand and availability of alternative venues for most
activities this looks like a tough challenge.
what can be done?
can either embark on a plan to refurbish and rejuvenate the hall
in its current configuration to make it more attractive and
functional for users, or we will be forced to work on a phased
the hall requires village groups and individuals with an interest
in retaining the hall to step up and take an active interest. This
does not necessarily mean a massive commitment but we need more
representatives to help with management and projects, more people
using the hall and practical help with repairs and maintenance.
the absence of at least some level of support, at some point the
Hall will have to be closed and any remaining assets will be
transferred to a charity or organisation probably within the
valley. If this happens it would be a significant loss to
find the time to come to a meeting in the Hall at 7:30pm on 29th
June, 2017 to discuss how we can keep it going.