The way we were….
Offham Village Hall has been an integral and valued part of village life for nearly 60 years.
Prior to lockdown, we had never been busier with the popular Cinema Nights, our special 'fundraising events' and a record number of regular clubs and party bookings catering for all ages. The hall was in use every day.
Over the years we've kept the hall maintained to a very high standard and tireless fundraising has meant that improvements have taken place when they needed to.
Then, the pandemic struck and we closed….
Where we are now
With much hard work, the Hall is Covid-19 secure and we have a slow trickle of returning hirers, but, with a capacity of 28, fundraising opportunities are limited.
We were very lucky to have been given some financial support by TMBC, which has helped us through the months when we had no income.
BUT we are now faced with the biggest challenge of all.
Water is coming through the roof and subsequent inspections have revealed that the roof is covered in small holes and cracks. It has now come to the end of its life and we must replace it urgently.
This could not have come at a worse time. We cannot have fundraising events in the Village Hall for at least the rest of this year and our present income is insufficient to cover our running costs which means that we are digging into our reserves.
The future….why we need your help
We have investigated many options and costings and had the benefit of expert advice; to replace the roof we need £30,000.
Due to the fantastic support of our community over the years, we have been able to save money from our fundraising events and have sufficient funds to pay half the cost.
So, our urgent challenge is to raise £15,000 to replace the roof, if we do not it it will continue to deteriorate and at some point the hall will close.
We need your help urgently, can you donate? Anything will help us.
We look forward to happier times when we can meet up to celebrate and give thanks for our wonderful community.
“It’s your Village Hall”
Thank you from us, The Offham Village Hall Management Committee
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