Chittlehampton Village Hall Renovation

by Keith Routledge in Devon, United Kingdom

Total raised £785

 
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Renovate a badly deteriorating 70+ year old village hall, in a rurally isolated community, to head-off major threats to its future survival.

by Keith Routledge in Devon, United Kingdom

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Our Village Hall is seeking funds to renovate its 70+ year old building which has deteriorated to an extent that urgent renovations are needed to head-off threats to its future existence. 1705607515_1705607515071.png

Chittlehampton is a small village in rural North Devon, looking to raise £50,000 in match funding through grants, donations and contributions to secure a £250,000 government grant that we have been awarded that will save our village hall and make it fit for the next generation. The match funding must be raised by June 2024 or we lose the full £250,000 and, with it, a unique opportunity funded by the Government to make a big difference to this community.

Your #crowdfunding donations and support would mean a huge amount to us. We are that rare thing - a beautiful rural village that is still a working community. But, we’re having to fight hard to keep things that way. Chittlehampton needs assets like a thriving village hall to continue to attract all generations to come and live here. We believe that having a physical space where we can continue to gather for community events is at the heart of village life, and key in providing a safe social hub that is both appealing and accessible to all.

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Below you’ll find further detail of the #renovation project which formed part of our recent government grant submission. You’ll see from this that we’re very serious about this project and are lucky to have had support from some local professionals, as well as the dedicated efforts of local villagers. 

So far, the project has been funded, nearly entirely, by local fund-raising efforts. We now need to make a final push to raise this extra and very meaningful amount of money to complete the most critical stages of the renovation work.. 

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this page and for any amount you’re able to donate. 1705753427_welcome_text.jpg

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PLEASE CONTINUE IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO UNDERSTAND MORE DETAILS

Our Village Hall is seeking funds to renovate its 70+ year old building which has deteriorated to an extent that urgent renovations are needed to head-off threats to its future existence. 

The Government's Community Ownership Fund, sponsored by the Department for Levelling Up Housing and Communities, has awarded us a capital grant of £250,000, valid for 12 months, towards the cost of renovation on condition that a further £50,000 of match funding is made available before work starts. To meet this 12 month deadline, we must start the work in June 2024 and it is this match funding that we are now urgently pursuing by asking you, the crowdfunding community, to contribute to our cause along with grants that we hope to win from sympathetic charitable trusts and foundations.

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Celebrating the £250,000 Government's Community Ownership Fund Award

Renovation work will be undertaken as funds become available starting with the most urgent which is replacing the asbestos roof, installing insulated cladding to the walls and replacing external doors and windows with multi-glazed units. This will renovate the structural envelope of the building and provide a sound basis for subsequent and separately funded renovations to the interior services and facilities.

Over 70 years of community heritage is at risk by the deteriorating condition of the building. Most critically, the original asbestos roof poses a major threat to the hall’s future and must be replaced before it deteriorates to become a serious hazard. Inadequate insulation in the roof and walls makes the hall unacceptably cold and damp during cold weather, (Ref. RICS Survey by Abercorn Surveyors, Jan 2022) and insulated wall cladding with multi-glazed windows and doors are crucial to resolve this problem. Without this renovation work, the village hall will become unsafe, unusable and a major loss to the community.

Chittlehampton is a rurally isolated village of 800+ residents in North Devon. It is a community with a more isolated and deprived population than average across the UK (2021 census) and the village hall is a vital asset for all aspects of the community’s well-being. It is ideally located within the village and is adjacent to the playing field which is safeguarded under the North Devon and Torridge Local Plan 2017 as an important recreational facility for the community. 

Historically, the Hall has been the focal point for major village events such as the annual Garden Show and Fete, national celebratory events, community activities and fund-raising events and the mainstay of regular weekly whist drives and monthly bingo evenings since it was first built. With the help of the community, the trustees have increased the range of activities and fund-raising events to ensure that, in spite of its issues, the hall continues to provide a community focal point as much as possible. The village hall website provides details, including a gallery of photographs, of the activities that are held at the hall.

Community buy-in to our plans is very high. An Open Day was held in April 2023 to explain the plans for everyone to comment upon. There was a strong level of community involvement and an exit survey recorded 85% satisfaction with the plans. Comments such as "I would love to see this come to fruition" and "lovely to see potential changes giving a fresh modern space which will be used well" were typical. 

A house-to-house survey in May 2023 yielded a response from 45% of all households surveyed. The results showed 76% rated the current building and its facilities as unsuitable, with 80% dissatisfaction) with many of its features, 85% supported our plans to renovate the hall and 81% said that they would make more use of it if was a warm and friendly environment. 

Although a vital asset for all members of the community, its condition deters diversity and inclusivity of use particularly among the younger members. Until recently, its changing room facilities were used by the village football team who played their home matches on the adjacent playing field. The facilities are cold and plagued with dampness and renovations are essential if we are to widen their appeal to others such as ladies’ clubs or junior teams. 

The hall is not an attractive venue for private hire leading to only 12% of revenue being gained from lettings. Most revenue (83%) is gained by fund-raising activities which, according to a survey carried out by Devon Communities Together, means Chittlehampton is one of 4% of halls in Devon that rely on fund-raising for 76% or more of their revenue. The Hall depends on the good-will and commitment of the trustees and community to raise funds to survive; a business model that is not sustainable given inflationary operating costs and exponentially increasing maintenance/repair costs.

The charity is registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (No. 1200197) with 10 local trustees managing its day-to-day operation and overseeing the design and planning of the renovation work that is needed. All work, so far, has been funded by the charity’s own reserves built up by community fund-raising activities netting £1,000 per week and a National Lottery Awards for All grant of £7,800. The planning and design work has been undertaken by a team of professionals in line with the Royal Institute of British Architects Work Plan and has gained appropriate planning and building regulations approvals.

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The most significant outcome of your donation will be to help secure the village hall’s very survival as a popular and invaluable community asset.

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