Bodymoor Heath Victory Hall in Sutton Coldfield has secured a £25,880 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.
Established in 1952 in a re-erected prisoner of war building, the village hall in Bodymoor Heath is the focal point for this tight-knit community. Hosting a series of community events and activities, most notably the regular whist drives, the hall provides the only communal space where residents and visitors can meet to socialise.
Over the years repairs have been carried out, but following so many years of use the hall is now in need of major work to ensure that it is safe for use by the community. The restoration project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Community Buildings theme, will involve structural works and the installation of a new roof and windows throughout. Once the building is weather tight the committee intends to refurbish the interior, so that the local community has a safe, secure and welcoming village hall, they can be proud of.
Sally Mansell, Committee Member, Bodymoor Heath Victory Hall, said:
“Biffa Award has saved our village hall. We could never have raised the necessary funds despite the hard work and efforts of our local community.”
Wendy Smith, regular user of the hall, said:
“I have attended the weekly whist drives for 50 years, I think it is wonderful that we now have this grant to improve the facilities and save the hall from further deterioration.”
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“This project at Bodymoor Heath Victory Hall is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help improve local spaces for the community and we’re pleased to support them.”