We’ve done it!!! We’ve been awarded £148,000 by the Big Lottery!
After six years of preparation, investigation, visits, planning and applications, now, in December 2017, we have been told that we have been successful in our bid for funds to renovate the Hall.
But it isn’t all plain sailing yet; there are four important conditions we have to meet;
a) We need to raise an additional £46,600 (by March 2018) before they will release this money, £2,600 of which has to be raised locally. This is really Exciting News!!!!
b) We need to write a Business Plan for the next three years, acceptable to the Big Lottery Assessors.
c) We need to write an acceptable Project Development Plan.
d) We need to gain the input of the Dennington under 18 year-old children on what they would like to see happening at the Village Hall.
All of this is possible which is excellent and we have already started on the Business Plan and the
Development Plan. For the rest, we need your help. We have started the process of raising more funds and have so far raised £20,000, though £4,000 of that is conditional on us raising the full amount. Thus we still have £26,600 to raise, of which at least £2,600 needs to be raised locally. We will be holding a concert on 14th April and there will be a Race Night in March, both of which we hope you will attend and provide us with your much needed support.
This will not however raise the full amount, so we very much hope that some of you may be willing to
contribute something towards the refurbishment of the Hall.
January 2017 – At last!!!! The first stage of our Lottery Application has now been lodged with the Lottery Commission
After much discussion and re-hashing of the application form, our application has now been submitted by Julia Miller on our behalf. The full amount of the application is £146,293.00, so we hope very much to get the go-ahead for stage 2. in the mean time, we still need to raise a further £63,800.00 to cover the full extent of our refurbishment plans. We are considering how to do this at present and will report back when we have a good plan established.
In the mean time, the lighting in the car park is being re-done by Adam O’Keeffe and should make an extraordinary difference to evening activities in the hall. Many thanks also to Allan Dyne and his sons for so generously building and donating the light stands for the car park. Your efforts are very much appreciated.
The birth of an idea…….
6 years ago, a group of residents formed a group called the ‘Creative Committee’. Its purpose was to look at ways of renovating the Village Hall and finding ways in which to bring the community together. For example, we considered how much more sensible it would be if many of the varying village groups (i.e. the Village Hall and the Sports Club) came together under one roof which would instantly make them much more effective. It does seem somewhat cumbersome that they operate separately and yet remain interdependent.
Since then an amazing amount of work has gone into finding ways in which to refurbish the Hall in such a way that it would be good for the community for the next 25 years. After much consideration and investigation, we drew up a business plan and determined to break the process into four phases. On the advice of the Parish Council, we decided to employ a grant fundraiser to assist us with making the applications to the Lottery Fund and other funds.
Progress to date – Fundraising
We received £5000.00 from the Suffolk Coastal Community Capital Grant Scheme in February 2016, and an additional £3000.00 from the Enabling Communities Budget scheme, both supported by Paul Rous, our District Council member. We have received £5000.00 from the Dennington Charities to assist in revamping the Village Hall entrance and we received a further £1500.00 from the Dennington Charities towards employing Julia Miller as our Fundraising consultant. We have also raised a further £2200.00 through two concerts held in the Hall.
We have also had a further assurance from Dennington Charities that they will fund the purchase and instillation of Solar Panels onto the roof of the Hall itself which will then provide all the necessary power the Hall will need, at a cost of £16000.00 +.
Progress – building new, creative and wise ideas for the future
We formed a group called the ‘Commercial Team’ made up of a blend of successful business people under the age of 40 and three members of the Creative Committee. The discussions and ideas that flow out of these meetings is quite amazing and has caused us to realise what an extraordinary future we have. We continue to seek the advice of these young entrepreneurial members of our community.
Progress – completed development
Listed below, in red, are the completed projects to date from Phase 1 and phase 2. The Lottery application and further applications will be for phases 3 and 4.
|Expenditure||List of Works||Total|
|Phase 1||Rebuild entrance from main road||8250|
|Drainage in car park||1800|
|Concrete slab in front of main entrance||2004|
|Entrance barrier & warning signs||1188|
|Entrance hall flooring & electrical works||1520|
|Phase 2||External road sign-age||200|
|External lighting to car park||800|
|Carpet tiles in meeting room||1500|
|New Lincat kitchen cooker||1500|
|Bar alterations – new chiller & washer||1500|
|Wi-Fi – Fram Broadband||00|
In the mean time we progress…. keep a close eye on this page for further updates.
Village Hall Refurbishment Plans
For the last five years, the Village Hall Committee has been investigating options and working towards a major refurbishment of the Hall. We are delighted to say that this is now underway. A page dedicated to this process will be added shortly. Suffice to say that at this time, a figure of £155,000.00 is required to undertake the work designated.
The following adjustments have been made to date;
- The road entrance has been repaired and a drainage system put in place.
- The base slab for a porch has been installed at the Hall entrance along with a French drain running along the side of the hall to catch all excess water.
- A Karndean Floor has been put in place in the entrance hall which makes a huge difference visually.
- We have established a temporary heating system for the toilets.
- We have installed a 49” TV and soundbar in the meeting room which will allow for sports nights, presentation evenings, karaoke evenings and film nights.
- The Dennington Concert on 31st October was a great success raising £1,100.00 for the Hall.
- We have held our first Friday night bar night. These will now become regular Friday events. Please come and join us. They start at 7.30 and once a month there will be a family evening with a fish and chip van present.