A New Hall For Our Village?
Over recent years we have spent a fair bit of money on our village hall – decorated it throughout, installed a new kitchen & new flooring, improved toilet washbasins & worktops, upgraded emergency lighting & bought new chairs.
But the hall, now over 65 years old, is showing its age. There have been calls for further improvements – new heating; a new roof; French doors out onto the grass at the back; but with a representative of the ‘Devon Communities Together’ organisation declaring that the hall was ‘past its use-by date’, would this just be money down the drain? Perhaps it is, sadly, time to listen to the voices calling for the hall to be knocked down and a new one built, and take a more drastic approach?
Steering The Project
Over the past few months a small group, set up by the Village Hall Committee and led by Frank Pawley, has been looking into various options and has been talking to other halls, such as Swimbridge, that have gone through a rebuilding project.
Consultation Process & Questionnaire
The group is now starting its consultation process and is sending a questionnaire to every home in the parish to find out what YOU would like you hall to look like, what facilities YOU would like to see, what activities YOU would like to be able to do in it. Please take a few moments to let us have your views – it is YOUR views that are important – not ours!
We held a couple of ‘open hall’ sessions on 18th May and 19th May where questionnaires were completed and submitted. In addition, a display of artwork by children from the village school showed their visions for a future village hall.
Not yet completed a questionnaire?
If you have not yet completed a questionnaire – it is not too late to do so. You can either complete it here online, or download and print a paper version which can be:
- Sent to 3 The Croft, Chittlehampton EX37 9PY
- Dropped in at Cobble Cottage, The Square (just down from the school)
- Handed in at ChittleChatter Stores.
When the responses have been analysed, a newsletter will be delivered to every house in the parish and a public meeting will be called to, hopefully, move forward!
Whatever happens we will need to do something to improve our hall and that will involve applying for grants. To be successful we will need to show the enthusiasm and support of the villagers – and that will be where you come in!
During any building works our regular users may be inconvenienced. We will, of course, do everything in our power to look after them. This, in particular, applies to the village football team who are and will remain a most important part of our community.