The BIG Lottery Fund has announced funding of £2.7 million
to regenerate and revitalise a range of centres at the heart
From Taunton to Harrogate, nine communities have secured
a slice of the bricks and mortar investment, enabling communities
to give their village halls a make-over or to build new
community centres from scratch.
Sanjay Dighe, Big Lottery Fund England chair, said: “Buildings
like these really are at the centre of daily life, bringing
people together, increasing community participation and
"Today’s awards will all give a huge amount
back to their local communities by providing a place where
people can get together and meet, as well as offering essential
services to make these great places for local families to
live, play and learn - right on the doorstep of the community.”
Among the successful communities is the Arkendale Memorial
Hall in Yorkshire and the Humber region, who will use a
£173,000 grant to replace their recently demolished,
87-year-old village hall with a modern timber structure
imported from sustainable sources in Finland.
This type of construction is remarkably eco-friendly and
has been used there successfully for decades.
Peter Thorndyke, Secretary to the Village Hall Committee,
said: “We’re delighted to have been awarded
this grant from the Big Lottery Fund which will allow us
to build a new village hall that everyone can be proud of.
“Arkendale has been without a communal hall for some
time and has had no focal point in which various interest
groups could meet, socialise, hold educational sessions
and bring together all the different sectors of the community.
Our hall will be built in Arkendale, but will offer facilities
to residents across the local area. It really will benefit
so many people.”
In Herefordshire, the popular Leintwardine Village Hall
will get a much-needed expansion with a £277,293 award.
The work, which will take eight months to complete, will
see the modernisation of the existing community centre,
which originally served as the local school, dating back