We are a small group of volunteers who took on the management of the village hall when it was on the brink of closure just over a year ago. The hall used to be an integral and vibrant centre for the community, hosting a wide variety of activities, but like many such buildings its use saw a decline and with it the upkeep of the building.
(Photos courtesy Jim Thorington archive)
Our aim is to reinstate the hall as the heart of the community through much needed renovation and modernisation, bringing it up to date and providing the facilities that are expected at venues such as this, creating an enticing, comfortable space that appeals to a range of use, yet keeping in touch with its storied past.
The hall has recently received some much needed Tender Loving Care with a fresh lick of paint, however this is just scratching the surface and there is still so much to do.
We have started to get people back within its walls, and it's been very encouraging how the village has got behind its revival and it is starting to see more regular use from a growing range of activities; in fact our recent St. Pirans festival saw it positively brimming to full capacity.
Your help will go a long way to providing us with the opportunity to really get stuck in and make a start on what is an ever-growing list of work, which includes among others:
- Updating the toilet facilities, providing disabled access and baby-changing
- Revamping the tired kitchen
- Installing curtains for warmth and blackout
- Stripping the floor to provide a consistent, more usable surface
- Installing wireless broadband
- Provide a new stage area for musical and theatrical performances
- Allow us to pursue architectural surveys and plans for structural work and improvement
- Install a (much-needed) new heating system
We have an initial target of £3000 with a stretch target to £5000, but anything you can help us with will be of enormous benefit. We have been inundated with support from local business, providing incredibly generous pledge rewards. Please make sure you check them out; we're sure there will be something for everyone, from free hall sessions to B&B stays, meals out to social media training.
We invite you to share this journey with us and appreciate your support as we move towards an exciting future.
The Gunnislake Village Hall Management Committee:
Adam (Chair), Frank (Secretary), Steve (Treasurer), Stuart, Lorna, Lesley, Claire, Carrie, April, Jane, Clive, Sue, Jo, Natalie, Phil, Nichola, Annie
A timelapse of Gunnislake's inaugural St. Pirans Day festival, held at the village hall