Duncton Village Hall is nearly finished

Duncton Village Hall.C081928-1
Duncton Village Hall.C081928-1

A £40,000 extension is set to put Duncton Village Hall at the heart of the community at last.

It will provide the one thing the hall has always lacked - state-of-the-art office and meeting rooms and vital storage space.

Village Hall Committee Chairman Nigel Clifford says help is needed with the last “push along,” to raise enough money to fully equip and re-decorate the hall.

Mr Clifford said: “We as a committee are very proud of our hall, and are desperately trying to encourage more residents to use it.

“It is in excellent condition, the one problem is that we are lacking storage space and office/meeting room facilities.

“The storage sheds are in a very poor state, with an earth floor and a leaking roof. The construction is tin and timber posts.

“Trestles and easels are rotting as they have to be stored in the sheds.”

Following a £15,000 grant from Chichester District Council and a further £12,000 from fundraising, the hall is now looking to find the last few pounds to complete its transformation.

The parish council has also donated a generous sum of £10,000, while the Egremont Charitable Trust gave £500 towards the cause.

A real success story for the community, Duncton welcomed Olympic swimmer Duncan Goodhew to officially open the hall in April, 2000.

The site has long been used as a wedding venue, which has generated a solid and steady source of income.

With clever marketing through the Duncton Village Hall website, it has sold itself to brides from across the South Coast as the perfect wedding venue.

The committee took up the challenge three years ago to raise the monies for an extension. The new store and meeting room plans were submitted to Chichester Council, and were subsequently passed.

Nigel said: “We are now just short of £5,000 for fitting out with carpet, cupboards, shelving, and will then be ready to proceed with the extension.”

The new stores and meeting room will enable art class materials to be stored in dry conditions while offices may also double up as changing rooms.