Our Plans

Firstly some thank you's

Over the past 10 years we have invested over £100,000.00  in the Village Hall.  This has enabled us to paint the outside;  replace windows; install a new kitchen; renew part of the roof; install new toilets and a disabled toilet; improve the access; put in new lighting and fixtures and fittings; fit a full fire alarm system; insulate the loft; purchase a  new portable stage; install WiFi and a new sound system;  decorate the hall and sand and varnish the floor.


A lot of people have worked very hard to achieve this.   See below for more information.

Fundraising

The work would not have been possible without some money to fund it!  Thank you to everyone who has supported our fundraising events:  Big Breakfasts; Christmas Soup and Pud Lunches; Kitty Brown's Fashion Shows; Pie and Pea Evening; Pop Up Cafes; New Year's Day Swims.  And to everyone who has donated raffle prizes for various do's and bought and sold tickets. Over the past 10 years we have raised over £36,000.00 (Wow!!).


Thank you also to all organisations and individuals who have provided grants and donations:


Ambler Family Trust; Anne Clifford legacy; Awards for All; Cumbria Community Foundation; Cumbria County Council; Cumbria Waste Management; Eden District Council; Eden Housing Association (ECHO);  Frieda Scott Trust; Hadfield Trust; Johnstone Paints; Lake District National Park Authority; Lloyds Bank;  Morrisons Supermarket; Persimmon Homes.


And thank you to the families of Anne Gibson and Mayson Wear for their donations.  Anne and Mayson supported the Village Hall in lots of different ways over many years.  Thank you.


Grants and donations have provided over £80,000.



What next?

Yes, it doesn't stop here. We have big plans and little plans which include:


*  Improvements to the entrance hall.

*  Outside storage for tables, chairs, etc.

*  Small meeting room in the old downstairs toilets.

*  A larger stage with curtains and lighting.

*  More work on the roof and repainting the windows.

*  Renewing the fire doors.

*  Improvements to the Caretaker's cottage.

The main players who have made the vision possible

2007 - 2011

Painting of outside walls                                       James Sowerby

New external kitchen door                                 George Ware and John Burrell

Oil tank replaced


And serious fund raising going on: Irish Nights, Fashion Shows, Golden Goal Football Draw, Big Breakfasts, ABBA Night, Christmas Soup and Pud Lunches and Kate Jackson's Sponsored Walk along Hadrian's Wall.

2012 - 2014

New kitchen fitted                                                                     Renwick Bros, Penrith

Grants for fridge, hot cupboard, bain

marie and pots and pans

Dishwasher donated.

New double glazed windows                                              Alan Bell, Newbiggin

Stage dismantled by Richard Kelso, Graham 

Kelso, Robin Lightfoot, Paul Edgar, Kevin 

Jackson, Thomas Jackson after judged to be unsafe

Portable stage purchased

New disabled ramp and disabled toilet                        Renwick Bros, Penrith

Car park levelled                                                                       John Bennett, Troutbeck

Disabled parking space                                                         G Graham, Gilsland

Thermafleece Loft Insulation                                            Josh Newell



2015 - 2017

Reslating of half of main roof                                           Ted and John Potter, Orton

More windows replaced                                                      Alan Bell, Newbiggin

New cellar doors                                                                     Renwick Bros, Penrith

Flood defences for basement doors                            Alliance Flood Solutions

New internal lighting                                                           Furness Electricals

Full fire alarm system                                                          Beacon Fire Protection

New floor boards                                                                   Stanley's Joinery, Keswick

Sanding of main hall floor                                                  Border Floors, Carlisle

Relocating of ladies' and gents' toilets       R Gaskell & K Ormandy, Keswick

                                                                                                          Conrad Slack, Keswick

                                                                                                          Darren Oswald, Keswick

                                                                                                          Stanley's Joinery

Repainting of main hall                                                      Rob Wilson and 

(Paint donated by Johnstone's Paints)                     JK Decorating Services

New window blinds                                                              West Coast Blinds

PA system/hearing loop                                                   Livewire Systems



STUFF HAPPENING THIS YEAR

Practical stuff

James Sowerby                                            Painting of external doors and windows

Graham Kelso Electricials                       Full NIC Inspection

Improvements to the cottage:               Loft insulation and electric heaters

                                                                                 New front door fitted

                                                                                 Plans for new windows.



Lots more fund raising over the autumn and winter

Will you join us for our New Year's swim/dip which raises money for the Village Hall?

Weddings

Our first local wedding receptions are taking place in the Village Hall this year.  Congratulations and best wishes to all the happy couples.