£65,000 project at High Hurstwood Village Hall nears completion

A £65,000 project to create new storage space at High Hurstwood Village Hall should be completed in March.

Changing rooms were previously used to store furniture and equipment owned by organisations using the hall for events and activities.

Sports activity

An external storeroom is also being converted into an outside toilet to enable the village primary school to use the recreation ground for organised sports activity.

So far, pathways and drainage have been laid while the building’s roof and exterior are complete along with lapboard walls.

Mezzanine

Volunteers are putting up internal walls and creating a mezzanine floor for added storage space.

The have also cut out a trench through a pathway for an electrical supply cable and an oil feed pipe.

The next stage of work will focus on moving equipment into the new storeroom, removing the temporary container and clearing the existing outside storage room so work can start on the new toilet.

Grant

A grant of £36,754 has been received towards the work from The Veolia Environmental Trust via the Landfill Communities, while £10,000 has come from village hall reserves and £10,000 from the community raised through events and donations.

The work being done by volunteers is expected to result in savings of around £3,000.

Wealden MP Nus Ghani is due to visit the hall today. She said: “Local facilities such as High Hurstwood Village Hall are the physical embodiment of community life, expecially in rural and semi-rural areas.

“I’m delighted to be visiting and am looking forward to seeing the fantastic work that is being done, especially by the volunteers that are giving up their valuable time to help improve this village amenity.”

School

The MP is also visiting High Hurstwood Primary School and looking forward to seeing the recreation ground that the children are now able to use for sport.

The chairman of the hall trustees, Sandy Barton, says: “We are really pleased with the progress of the project which is ahead of schedule. The building is very much in keeping with the hall and sits nicely in its surroundings.”

She thanked Mike Barber at MJB Architects who provided services free of charge and said that without the donation from The Veolia Environmental Trust the project could not have happened in such a short time frame.

She added: “Our village hall is self-funding and it is great to have a visit from Ms Ghani to see first-hand what a difference this type of grant from The Veolia Environmental Trust can make in a local community.”

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