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.
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; Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relay; 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.
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.
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.
New kitchen fitted Renwick Bros, Penrith
Grants for fridge, hot cupboard, bain
marie and pots and pans
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
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
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
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.
Will you join us for our New Year's swim/dip which raises money for the Village Hall? Or if you prefer indoor activities, we are planning a ceilidh, our Christmas soup and pud extravaganza, Burns Night, Jazz in the Village and a performance by Penrith Players. Keep an eye on our What's On page.
Our first local wedding receptions are taking place in the Village Hall this year. Congratulations and best wishes to all the happy couples.