Village Hall Upgrade Project

Our village hall is now undergoing an exciting major upgrade, which has been split into two phases. Phase 1 involves improvements to the small hall, and includes an extension, a new pitched roof, new toilets, a fully-equipped kitchen and a new entrance lobby which is wheelchair-accessible. Inside the small hall the ceiling will be much higher, giving a more open, airy feel, and there will be large storage cupboards for equipment such as chairs and tables. The kitchen will be fully fitted and self-contained, and will have cooker, dishwasher and fridge-freezer, so that meals can be prepared and cleared up. There will be new wiring and lighting, and a new boiler for the heating system. The old wooden storage shed has already been demolished to make way for the extension.

 

The project is funded by grants provided by WREN, AmeyCespa, Biffa Award, South Cambridgeshire District Council, The Rank Organisation, and Kingston Parish Council. Other funding has come from various fundraising events in the village, as well as generous contributions from a number of individuals in the village.

 

Building work for Phase 1 started on 9 February 2015 and was completed in the Autumn with a grand opening event. Here are photographs of the project, including several shots of the inside of the hall before work started. Click on the buttons below to take a look.

The details of Phase 2 are not fully developed, but are likely to include for the large hall: a new floor, new wiring and lighting. Cladding on the walls, and curtains or blinds on the windows will improve heat and sound insulation, and the acoustics. There will be improved heating and new lighting. The outside area will be re-surfaced. There is still work to do to fully define the scope of this phase, and obtain cost estimates. Further funding will then be sought to cover the cost of Phase 2.

 

The Village Hall Management Committee is in overall control of the project, and has been meeting regularly to take decisions and monitor progress. The key people on the committee with specific functions for this project are:

 

Mark Stalham: Village Hall Management Committee chairman

Chris Reid: Treasurer

Peter Stokes: Project Manager

Suzy Stokes: Publicity Officer

Pat Draper: Photography