Horsford Village Hall & Recreation Management Committee, near Norwich, Norfolk has secured a £10,000 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, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund.
The project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Community Buildings theme, will replace the old wooden floor in a large area of the village hall, which started developing damp three years ago. The project costs include removing and refurbishing the bar area, necessary for the floor to be completely protected by a damp proof membrane. The old village hall, used by Horsford Social Club, will further benefit from new carpeting.
The main benefit of the project will be the improved structural integrity of the building, safeguarding this popular amenity for continued community use by all ages. Current users are long term tenants Horsford Social Club, whilst the adjoining hall is used by pre-school, youth club, drama club, archery club, boot camp, children's tap dance, WI, over 50s mobility fitness club, Zumba, junior and senior football clubs, as well as ad-hoc private hire for parties.
Andrew Drummee, Treasurer, said:
“The floor repair ensures that the old village hall (built 1930) remains an integral part to our modern hall, enabling more activities and services to be provided to an ever expanding population, right in the centre of the village.”
Jackie Carter, beneficiary, said:
“Horsford Social Club has been a tenant in the old hall for over twenty years. The repair means that the club can continue to operate and support village community life in partnership with the Village Hall Committee. The village hall complex remains the social hub of village life for all ages.”
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“This project is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help improve local spaces for the community.”