Tattenhall’s village hall refurbished

Tattenhall Community Association has completed a £110,000 refurbishment of the Barbour Institute in Tattenhall, near Chester.

The association received grant funding through Cheshire West & Chester Council's rural support funding scheme.

To be successful in securing a grant from the fund, the council said organisations need to demonstrate genuine community support for the project and be clear how the local and Cheshire West communities will benefit.

The grant requires 50% match funding and projects should be completed within a year after receiving funding.

The total project cost of £110,000 was met by funding from the council's grant, the Parish Council, Bolesworth Estate, and also the association's own funds.

The project involved the updating and upgrading of the hall which is the only remaining underutilised part of the village hall.

The walls of the hall now include acoustic boarding which has also improved heat retention of the hall. The council said the floor had fallen into a bad state of repair and was replaced with under floor heating installed.

Along with rewiring and redecoration, the stage lighting system was replaced and a sound system together with audio visual facilities was also installed.

Cllr Stuart Parker, chairman of the steering group for Cheshire West & Chester's rural support funding Grant, said: "Investing in community buildings in this way not only ensures long term sustainability of its use by the local community, in turn generating a greater level of income for the Village Hall, but it is also helping the borough to meet its targets in reducing its carbon footprint, something which the rural support funding grant is very keen to promote within projects of this nature.

"Also, Tattenhall has a higher than average number of older people and it is important that this sector of the rural community is well catered for locally. It is important for these peoples' welfare that there are a good number of activities provided for them. The Barbour Institute is a crucial facility in delivering these services."

Andy Morris, treasurer of Tattenhall Community Association and project lead, added: "The village hall is well used by the people of Tattenhall as well as a number of rural based groups that provide local services, around 20 groups in total at present.

"By updating the main hall of this lovely Victorian building, we envisage that the refurbishment will increase usage of the hall by 50%. Energy costs will reduce and income will increase, thus generating a healthy income which will be used for the longer term maintenance and sustainability of the building and will leave a legacy for future generations."

  • The council said if any local community groups or organisations are seeking funding for similar projects or any capital projects in excess of £10,000, they can contact Cheshire West & Chester's rural agenda market towns team on 01244 977475

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