Chelveston Village Hall near Wellingborough, Northamptonshire has secured a £50,000 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.
The village hall toilet and kitchen replacement project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Community Buildings theme, will replace the temporary pre-fabricated concrete and asbestos kitchen and toilet block which was built in 1976, with a permanent stone extension which meets the current hygiene and accessibility regulations for a community venue. The works will also include the installation of a new kitchen and toilet facilities.
When the old Chelveston Institute collapsed during a snow storm in 1970, the village desperately needed a community building and so converted a disused one-room school building owned by a village charity. Residents raised sufficient funds to erect a small pre-fabricated extension to house simple toilet and kitchen facilities, which have been well used over the past 40 years.
Following completion of the renovation works, the Educational Foundation of Abigail Bailey and Ann Levett, which is running the project, hopes that the community will have a safe, secure and welcoming facility that they can be proud of.
Councillor Adrian Dale, said:
“The Biffa Award grant will help us complete a project that was first planned nearly 40 years ago. The new extension will replace the ‘temporary’ building installed in 1976, providing modern, warm and hygienic facilities which meet today’s exacting standards.”
Gillian Jeffcoat, Chelveston-cum-Caldecott Women’s Institute, said:
“Chelveston-cum-Caldecott has been running for over 90 years and we have never has a facilities we can truly be proud of when entertaining our speakers and guests. This new extension will bring a much loved 19th century building into the 21st century. The new facilities will allow is to appeal to the next generation of villagers, hopefully keeping our traditions alive for another 90 years.”
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“Projects like this are incredibly important for local communities, which is why we look to invest in them. The project to update the facilities at Chelveston Village Hall will improve this space for local community groups to enjoy for many more years.”