People in Wilburton are set to get an improved village hall thanks to a £50,000 grant from funding body WREN and a grant of £36,000 from the Cambridgeshire Fens Rural Leader programme.
The money, awarded by WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund and the Rural LEADER Programme, will be used to improve the main hall at the St Peter’s Hall site on the High Street of Wilburton.
Kevin Hennessy, Chair of Wilburton Parish Council believes the facility will make a huge difference to the lives of people living in the area.
He says: “This project will provide a real boost to the people of Wilburton. It’s fantastic that WREN and the Rural LEADER programme have awarded us this money and we’re really looking forward to our new village hall taking shape over the next six months”
WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.
Cheryl Raynor, WREN’s grant manager for Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, says: “We are delighted to be supporting the Village Hall Internal Renovation project and pleased that our funding will provide such a fantastic facility for the village and surrounding areas. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and we’re really looking forward to seeing this one take shape soon.”
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The Cambridgeshire Fens LEADER Programme is jointly funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. Alison Earl, project manager, says, ‘The Local Action Group, who is the decision maker for the funding, is pleased to be supporting this community project. We’re looking forward to receiving other grant applications from small businesses and community groups, before this funding stream comes to an end.’
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Kevin Hennessy hopes the village hall will be ready to use by July 2018.
The grants will mean that the false ceiling in the hall can be removed bringing the hall back to its former glory with vaulted ceiling revealing the beautiful dormer windows that have been hidden for a number of years. The roof will be fully insulated, the heating replaced with new energy efficient underfloor heating suitable for the enlarged space and there will be a new sprung floor. The hall will be fully redecorated. It will be a modern facility suitable for a growing community.
The village hall working group are embarking on a programme of social events for the community to be held in the hall throughout the year. The renovations will provide a great venue for indoor events to complement the extremely successful outdoor events of the Beer Festival and Fireworks that the vibrant community of Wilburton already organise.