Cobham Village Hall in Surrey has secured a £40,408 grant from Biffa Award; a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF).
Established in 1887, Cobham Village Hall is the only community space within the area that can accommodate a wide range of sports, recreational and social activities. More than 80 different user groups use the facilities on a regular basis, and many others hire the facility for private functions. The project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Community Buildings theme, will remove and replace the second floor roof panelling to improve insulation and comfort for the hall’s users.
Sharron Eklo, Secretary, Cobham Village Hall Management Committee, said:
“Cobham Village Hall’s committee are very proud to be able to build on tradition, and are extremely pleased to have been awarded the opportunity to maintain our venue in the heart of our community. With the much needed repairs, we can feel secure in the knowledge that the structure of the building will be secure for years to come.”
Nigel Scott, Hirer and Volunteer, said:
“We are proud to have the village hall as our rehearsal space, and having a building in good repair aids local pride. I feel sure that the improvements will assist in sustaining and increasing the use of this community facility.”
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“This work is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help revitalise local facilities for the benefit of the local community. For more than 16 years community buildings across the UK have benefited from the scheme and the organisations that award grants through the fund look forward to supporting more in the future.”