Northchapel hall fundraisers strike it lucky again

Northchapel has struck lottery-lucky for the second time this year with the announcement that it is getting a further £10,000 towards the cost of refurbishing its village hall.

Back in June a 50,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund's Reaching Communities programme landed in the laps of fundraisers.

Now they have heard that 10,000 is on its way from the Awards for All programme, which is also part of the Big Lottery.

A party to celebrate the re-opening of the hall after a 180,000 makeover is scheduled for January. The latest grant is the icing on

the project team's Christmas cake.

Said hall trustee Pam Bruce: "This is fantastic news! We can now go ahead with ordering equipment for the new kitchen, including a

commercial dishwasher.

"The hall will have up-to-date kitchen facilities which will make a big

difference to users catering for parties and events.

"We are also going to replace the tatty old stacking chairs and tables, which take up a lot of storage space, with new folding ones.

"Once the hall is up and running again this will make life a lot easier for everyone.

"This grant will also cover the cost of new blinds for the kitchen and the high windows in the main hall."

The trustees decided to go ahead with the renovation and refurbishment of the hall after a vote in the village.

Structural work alone included repairs to the roof, the drainage system and new windows.

But the project has not always found favour with lottery grant-makers. Last year a bid to the Community Buildings Fund was rejected.

Awards for All is a small grants scheme which makes awards of between 300 and 10,000 to grass-roots community groups and voluntary organisations.

In the latest round, a total of 452,111 is being distributed to 68 groups across the south-east.

The Haslemere and Midhurst branch of the National Childbirth Trust is also on the list of recipients, receiving 7,914.

The party for villagers to celebrate the re-opening of Northchapel village hall is scheduled for the evening of January 10.

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