01 October 2021
South West Peak Spotlight
National Lottery Heritage Fund ensures South West Peak Village Hall/Community Centre Improvements
In this ninth ‘spotlight’ we feature 5 projects all of which have ensured the longevity of some important community buildings so that people and communities can continue to gather together across the South West Peak.
Village Halls and other community buildings are essential in hosting and providing the facilities for a multitude of activities including dances, fitness and exercise classes, Bingo, whist drives, community groups meetings such as Women’s Institute, concerts, plays, movie nights, parties and other celebration events such as christenings and weddings and occasional charity fund-raising events. The ‘village hall’ also often acts as a base/refreshment station for occasional sporting events and are often used as polling stations.
In 2019 two separate applications for funding were submitted and the team of volunteers who manage and take care of the Village Hall were successful is receiving the grant awards they asked for meaning they could install new sound and staging systems to make their already fantastic Village Hall even better!
“The project and the installation of the system has given a real ‘sense of community’ to the parish.”
Arthur Wilson, Treasurer of Meerbrook Village Hall Committee
“We managed to get the staging system installed in time for a ‘One Night Only’ concert at which 40 performers and 100 audience members from Meerbrook and beyond enjoyed the evening. The staging system made it easier and safer than previously possible.”
Keith Jones, Supporter
Swythamley and Heaton Community Centre is located in a beautiful part of the South West Peak with amazing views of the surrounding countryside.
This project (completed in early 2020) had 2 aims: a) To preserve the interior decoration and historic features of the 1902 school room making the Centre more attractive to potential hirers.
b) To improve the safety of the existing child friendly area for the use of children during events as well for the use of visitors to the area staying in local holiday lets or camping in the grounds.
“Everyone who is visits is really impressed by the appearance, both inside and out.” David Goodfellow, Chairman
To find out more about the Centre go here: http://www.swythamleycentre.org.uk/
To find the Centre on Facebook go here: https://www.facebook.com/swythamleyheatoncentre/
4 External window boxes, an instantaneous water heater (replacing a 35-year-old storage system) and 15 lightweight folding trestle tables have all added to the sustainability of this Hall which services the wonderful community in and around Warslow.
For more information about Warslow Village Hall go here: WARSLOW VILLAGE HALL - Home (weebly.com)
Onecote Village Hall is situated alongside a conservation area. It was built in 1872 and was originally used as the village school. For the past 18 years the Committee and volunteers have raised funds, applied for grants and done everything possible to bring the Hall up to modern standards and meet the necessary regulations for meetings places. This project involved repainting the internal walls, ceilings and doors of this much loved and much needed venue.
For more information about Onecote Village Hall go here: Peak District | Onecote | Leek (wixsite.com)
Part of an overall refurbishment programme, the aim of this project was to increase the energy efficiency of the Hall by replacing the broken blinds with thermal curtains.
All of the work has been done by volunteers and the addition of the curtains helped to minimise the use of oil by retaining the heat within the building whilst also creating a more welcoming internal environment.
Unsurprisingly, the Hall is at the centre for the community providing essential facilities and boasting glorious panoramic views of the South West Peak and beyond.
For more information about the Hall go here: Village Hall - Flash Village Hall Portal
To find the Hall on Facebook go here: https://www.facebook.com/Flashvillagehall/