The Hindmarsh Hall
Our future plans - Help us raise £350,000!
Big plans for our Hall!
The Trustees have commissioned a complete survey of the hall and appointed a talented local architect to produce a new look for the Hall, resulting in the following staged programme of comprehensive repair and upgrading:
An extension to provide storage at the back of the building, with direct access to the Meeting Room via a new door in its east wall.
In the main hall, removing the stage to expose the lancet windows in the east wall and returning the whole first-floor space closer to Salvin’s original vision for it.
Levelling and replacing the main hall dance floor and extending it up to the east wall.
Stabilising the east wall by securing it through the joists of the new floor in the present stage area.
Repairs to the external stonework, roof and guttering
Improving the heating, lighting and insulation of the building to reduce running costs.
Re-configuring the layout of toilets and the kitchen on the ground floor.
The aim is produce a Hall which will continue to serve the community into the rest of this century and which will be more sustainable thanks to reduced running costs and increased rental income. The entire project is provisionally costed at £350k to £400k, which is a very ambitious goal for a small village.
Accordingly the Trustees will be applying for grant aid to support the project as well as launching a major appeal to users and supporters of the Hall. We have already started a programme of additional activities, both to raise funds, but also to respond to requests from the village for more events to be staged in the Hall. We are upgrading the Hall’s website and actively using social media to promote the Hall as a venue: and have increased the rental income in order to sustain everyday costs for the hall.
We are looking at a staged programme of work over some years, so one of the challenges will be to sustain interest in fundraising until the project is completed.