Norton Village Hall dates back to the 1970s and is thankfully structurally sound. Unfortunately the size of the hall makes it difficult to heat. The oil heating system that was installed when it was built was not powerful enough, so it was removed and overhead electric heaters were installed instead. These are expensive and inefficient. However, new insulation in the hall and a hire charge that includes heating, now makes the hall usable through the winter. The kitchen has been renovated but the toilets are in need of updating.
So far the Village Hall Commitee have:
- Installed cavity wall insulation
- Double glazed the windows
- Repainted the Committee Room
- Wooden floor has been stripped, sanded and repolished
- New, lower ceiling installed in the hall
- Insulation in the roof throughout the facility
- New kitchen with two range cookers, extractor, warming oven, super fast dishwasher
- Upgraded electrical system
- New flooring in kitchen and Committee Room
- Instigated a new cleaning regime
- Thanks to the Parish Council, the Car Park has been upgraded
Urgently required are:
- An ecological heating system
- New toilets with accessiblity for all
In addition, the committee are seeking funding to also extend the hall so an additional Committee Room can be built.
To do all of these things the Village Hall Committee needs to raise and additional:
The Village Hall Committee has raised almost £50,000 so far and that has been spent constructively on upgrading the electrical system, kitchen and refurbishment of the Committee Room. Of course the committee is still applying for available grants, however grants often match any money raised by the organisation itself. So, as a village we need to come together and think of any fundraising possibilities to give the community the centre it needs.
Any volunteer work offered by the community also attracts funding. As funders will match the cost of the time taken by a volunteer to do a skilled job, such as tiling. So if you have a skill you would like to offer, don’t wait to be asked.