Over the last few months the Committee has been working very hard to identify funding sources and, with the help of Community Action Hampshire and Test Valley Borough Council, will be applying for suitable grants, as well as carrying out local fundraising. The work (dependent on the option chosen) could be considerable; somewhere in the region of £120,000 – £150,000! (To demolish the current hall and build a new hall will require around £250,000 – and is an option if we are able to raise the funds.) However, the grant-funding bodies need to be certain their money is well spent, not only for the benefit of the local community but also the wider area, and therefore want to know that our community actively supports and endorses this work.
Parking: Whilst everyone would love to have more parking at the Village Hall, we are unable to provide it, which is why we’re trying to focus more on the hall being used by local residents. We have improved the verge outside Monxton Manor considerably and there is now parking for 6 cars there, along with the 4 spaces immediately outside the hall. There is room for cars to park alongside the fence of the field adjacent to the hall, and there is always parking in the Black Swan car park (for which they have given permission). If you have any feasible solutions for this eternal sticking point then we’d be delighted to hear it.