A pillar of a village community, which has proved a popular meeting place for over 100 years, has secured the funding required, to help safeguard its future.
The trustees of Slaley Commemoration Hall have raised over £100,000, from local fundraising, donations and grants, to help ensure that the community hub is fit for purpose, for generations to come.
Situated at the heart of Slaley village, in rural Northumberland, Slaley Commemoration Hall was in need of repair, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. After securing funding from the National Lottery Community Fund and Community Action Northumberland (CAN) they were able to invest in newer, more accessible toilets, improved storage facilities, a new boiler and structural improvements. The second phase of the project is a new extension to the hall.
The Hall has now also been granted additional funding from Castles & Coasts Housing Association’s (CCHA) Community Fund, which was launched in July.
The Community Fund issues grants from £100, from CCHA’s total annual amount of £10,000, to support an array of projects and activities that create a sense of community, reduce anti-social behaviour and support residents to gain employment or develop their skills, engage in health and wellbeing activities and gain access to digital and financial inclusion services.
The support means that phase one of works to the Hall have been undertaken, and trustees have now launched phase two of their funding goal, which will help make the Hall more accessible, inclusive and fit for purpose, ensuring that it remains in use for the next 100 years and continues to be a very valuable resource for the community.
Debra Taylor, Trustee and Vice Chair of Slaley Commemoration Hall, said: “After the success of phase one of the Hall renovations, we have now just reached our target funds to proceed with phase two, which will include a new community room extension, that will provide a much needed meeting area and small events space.”
Debra added: “The extension is almost £100,000 and has been funded from local fundraising, donations and grants. The grant providers, including CCHA, have really bolstered our funds. The CCHA funding is particularly important to us, as they also provide homes in the village for local people and they are an important part of our community.
“The building work will start in early 2022, in time for the Hall’s centenary celebrations in 2022. The Hall is used widely by locals for many events, including a film club, Women’s Institute meetings and keep-fit classes.”
CCHA launched their Community Fund, to support the communities it works in, following the Covid-19 pandemic, which has had a devastating impact on many groups and organisations that do great things across communities.
Adam Gould, CCHA’s Head of Customer Service & Engagement, said: “The redevelopment of Slaley Commemoration Hall will provide a huge boost to generations of villagers and we’re delighted to have been able to support the project through our Community Fund.
“The Fund was set up to provide financial support to community groups that help make a difference to peoples’ lives, whilst enhancing our communities. This helps to retain and sustain a real pillar of the community and is exactly the type of project that our Community Fund was set up to support.”
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