A computer generated image of the new Hadlow Down Community Hall.

Hadlow Down villagers aim to raise £1.2 million in three years

Planning permission has been given for a new village hall in Hadlow Down and the next challenge is to raise about £1.2 million to build it.

Wealden Council has approved a proposal to demolish the sports pavilion in School Lane and build the new hall, incorporating new pavilion, next to the old footprint.

There is already planning permission to demolish the old community hall in Hut Lane and build three homes on that site.

Now the chair of the Hadlow Down Community Centre Committee, Bob Lake, says about £1.2 million will be needed to build the new hall.

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Another computer generated view of the new Hadlow Down Community Hall which will incorporate a sports pavilion.

He says: “Clearly we don’t have anyone in the parish that has that sort of money lying around so we need to get busy applying to organisations such as Sport England, the Football Foundation, the Big Lottery Fund and several charitable trusts.

“Also we might wish to consider organising some major fund-raising events.”

Five trustees on the community centre committee are looking for additional help and expertise.

The committee is seeking volunteers with skills and experience in business planning, capital project management, quantity surveying, fund-raising both at national/regional level as well as locally, crowd-funding, company sponsorship and giving (donations), event organisation, legal advice,  community engagement, funding strategy, publicity and promotion.

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The sports pavilion in School Lane, Hadlow Down, which is to be demolished to make way for a new community hall and pavilion.

Mr Lake says: “Our aim is to attract sufficient capital funding within three years. This might sound ambitious but we know that it can be done and importantly, we need your help to support us.”

If you would like to chat about this further and/or sign up Mr Lake can be emailed at bob.lake@live.co.uk.

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The old Hadlow Down village hall in Hut Lane which is being demolished with three homes being built on its site.

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