Village Hall set for expansion

July 9, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Local Cotswold News

Village hall set for major expansion after funding boost

A village hall is set for a major expansion after receiving a funding boost from West Oxfordshire District Council.

Leafield Village Hall only opened in 1996 but growing demand for a range of sports and activities has meant it needs to grow significantly to accommodate the needs of residents.

The extension will cost more than £190,000 and the Council has made a significant contribution with a Community Facilities Grant of £47,634 which has delighted the Hall’s committee.

Treasurer Andy Crick said: “At the moment it is mainly used as a sports hall and pre-school club and there is not really any space for small meetings or storage.

“We want to have a meeting room for people who work from home while local groups such as the Evergreens for older residents would also like more flexibility.

“The extra space would also give us a higher income which will help cover costs. The Council has been wonderfully supportive and officers have given us a lot of advice.”

Other activities planned for the new facility include tai chi, a lunch club, library and film shows while the toilets and disabled access will also be upgraded and improved.

The Hall committee itself has raised £10,000 towards the project with Leafield Parish Council also pledging more than £26,000. Further applications for funding are in the pipeline for the development which already has planning permission.

Cllr Jeanette Baker, Cabinet Member for Communities, Leisure and Tourism, said: “This is a case of making an already successful facility even more useful for the community.

“Leafield has demonstrated a real need for a hall that will meet demand for their growing range of activities and I am delighted their application for a grant has been successful. I look forward to seeing the results in the near future.”