The present hall has served the community well for the past 45 years but has now reached the end of its lifespan. The Trustees and the Parish Council are pleased to support the new 2017 fundraising initiative in order to build our new village hall. We hope to commence the project in 2018 with a projected completion date by 2020.
Our aim is to build the new hall alongside the existing hall and so ensure continued use throughout the construction phase.
Our new hall is approximately the same size and footprint as the existing building but in a more user-friendly layout. The new building will provide a main hall, small hall, stage, disability access, kitchen facilities and parish office in a comfortable and light-filled environment. We will employ the latest technological advances to ensure longevity as well as being much more thermo-efficient.
We hope you agree that the architectural plans will allow the new hall to sit comfortably in the surroundings of the historic buildings of our village. There are many different styles and designs within the properties of Ripley, without there being a particular recognisable "type" and so we believed that an oak framed structure would blend in with its surroundings. Of course, we must all embrace new ideas and technologies and so we envisage a happy marriage of the ancient and the modern in the construction of this building.
The latest estimated cost for the completed project is £1million. This will deliver a completely finished new hall, demolition of the old hall and re-landscaped garden area and parking. These costs may vary with the variation in global construction costs by a small degree.
We are asking every person in the community to get involved! It's a mammoth task but we all know that Ripley is a fantastic village to live in and we deserve to have a fabulous new hall. Our motto is that every penny counts. We undertake to very carefully manage the funds so that all the monies raised will go into the bricks and mortar. We are asking you to collectively raise a minimum of £100,000 in one year. So let's get cracking, there's no time to waste!
There are many different community groups and businesses in our village and we are asking all of them to get involved and commit to raising some funds. There are many events held in Ripley throughout the year and we hope that every resident and business gets behind the idea and has some fun whilst raising much needed money. There are lots of different ways you can help and here are some ideas:
In addition to the collective village fundraising, the Trustees are seeking significant funding from a variety of charitable trusts and organisations. These organisations have many applications for each fund available so Ripley has to be better than everyone else in the country who is applying for funding. We have to demonstrate that we are all behind this exciting new project to build our new village hall, by showing wholehearted commitment to our own village fundraising. It's massively important that as many different groups of all ages get involved.
The Parish Council is also seeking to raise funds via The Public Work and Loans Board which is available specifically for cases such as this i.e. Public community buildings. The loan amount and period of repayment will be determined by an independent government authority who will assess the amount that our parish can comfortably afford via our precept.
We will have a running total on our website and clearly show who has raised how much and how they did it! Send us your pics or videos and we will put them on here!
We are being greatly guided and assisted by Karen Holdsworth-Cannon from Surrey Community Action. SCA offers completely free advice and guidance to projects such as this and it has proved invaluable so far with ensuring that we are compliant with the regulations applicable to us by the Charities Commission. For clarity, we would like to confirm that the Trustees are unable to sell off any assets for profit that is not directly payable back to the charity itself i.e. we are not permitted to sell off any parcel of land to a developer who would go on to make profit from the sale of the housing they build.
So come on everybody, do your bit and get involved and let's raise that £100,000!