Village Hall Rebuild Project
Update 27th March 2019
Tolleshunt D’Arcy Village Hall
To all parishioners
As many of you will know the management of the Village Hall has been restructured to move away from the Parish Council acting as Sole Trustee to having a more conventional arrangement where the Parish Council becomes the Custodian Trustee and the hall is run by Management Trustees.
I believe that not only will this make additional funding opportunities available for the new build project but it will lead to better management of this valuable parish asset.
The new Management Committee will initially consist of:
Robert Morgan (Chairman)
and they will assume full responsibility for the hall on 1st April 2019.
We are especially grateful to Sue Sheppard the RCCE Village Hall Advisor for all her help and support in enabling this significant change.
I am confident that the Parish Council will continue to support the hall and the committee in the years ahead and our Vice Chair Lyndsey Barwick will continue to liaise with the committee.
We wish the new management team all the best wishes for the future and look forward to the time when we will meet in the impressive new hall.
John Smith 27 March 2019
Tolleshunt D’Arcy Parish Council
Update 20th December 2018
£10,000 awarded towards the New Tolleshunt D’Arcy Village Hall
Essex County Council, Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) has awarded £10,000 to the Tolleshunt D’Arcy New Village Hall Working Group to pay for architects and other professional fees to kick start the project to build a new Village Hall for Tolleshunt D’Arcy and the wider parish.
County Councillor Sue Lissimore, Member for Culture and Communities said, “I am delighted that Essex County Council has been able to support your project, along with many others across Essex, all of which will help towards improving the facilities for local communities”.
The current Village Hall was erected in 1923 and had previously been a recovery ward for injured service personnel from World War 1 on Canvey Island. It has been repaired and refurbished over many years but is now close to being beyond economic repair and not fit for purpose.
With the support of the Parish Council, who own the Village Hall, the Rural Community Council of Essex (RCCE) conducted a village/parish-wide survey to get the views of local people. The response was an overwhelming “YES” to support the plans to build a new Village Hall. The consultation also asked for local people to step-forward to take on the leadership of the new project. A New Village Hall Working Group has been formed of local people who have enthusiastically started the work. Discussions are now taking place with the Parish Council and the RCCE to enable the Working Group to be set up as an independent body to take on the work required to raise funds, design and build the New Village Hall.
A local architect, Simon Plater of Plater Claiborne Architecture & Design, has been chosen to undertake the initial work of designing the new building and providing a cost for the work. Initial estimates are in the region of £650,000 to £700,000 to complete the project. Once the initial work has been completed by the architect and a clear design and future plans are available, a public meeting will be arranged in the New Year for the people of Tolleshunt D’Arcy to further engage with the project.
The Working Group have set up two sub-committees; the Grant Funding Group and the Fundraising Group. The Grant Funding Group have a broad funding strategy that will look towards funding from the Big Lottery, joining the Essex Crowd (a Crowd Funding source supported by Essex County Council and others), approaching a range of other local funders and local businesses and local people. It is recognised that the amounts needed are considerable but there is a degree of confidence that funding will be acquired even if it takes a few years. Any donations would be welcomed and contact should be made via the Tolleshunt D’Arcy Parish Council for anyone wishing to provide financial support.
The Fundraising Group have planned fundraising events every month and the first event held in November was a Table-Top Sale held in the Village Hall which raised over £500. The plan for further events over the coming months to be held in the Village Hall are:
Other events in the ‘pipeline’ are:
Full details of the planned events will be publicised in local newspapers and on the Tolleshunt D’Arcy Village Hall Facebook page and the Parish Council Facebook page.
The Chair of the Working Group, Robert Morgan said, “I am delighted that Essex County Council awarded us £10,000 to get us started; we have a long way to go but the enthusiastic group of local people who have come together are determined to replace the current Village Hall that is in poor condition with a lasting legacy that can be used for the next 100 years”.
The vision of the Working Group is that the New Village Hall will be attractive, welcoming, environmentally efficient, open to all and provide a long-term community asset to enable the young and not so young to have somewhere they are proud of and will use to bring the community closer together.