Marwood Community Hall Project Update February 2014
Progress continues to be made towards building the Community Hall in Marwood. The consent required for the car park extension on the school playing field, has now been received from the Department for Education. Also we have received an “in principle” Letter of Support from Devon County Council (DCC). Although it contains some conditions, none were new and all should be capable of being addressed.
We now have an outline drawing for the hall, which has been posted on the Marwood Matters website on the UPDATES. Our quantity surveyor has prepared an initial Project Development Programme, which is a best case scenario for us all to aim for. If there are no delays it has work on the school site starting just before the summer holidays and finishing by the end of 2014. Our biggest timeline risk is delays in finalising various agreements with Devon County Council
Costs remain a key factor in the Marwood Community Hall Project. There is still much to be done in this area following on from the initial designs for the hall. However, the preliminary costings are in line with the funds projected to be available but we have no significant funds to meet unforeseen eventualities. We have submitted a DCC Community Grant application for £20,000 which, if successful, would be a major boost to our finances and, in addition, we are planning a fund raising “Auction” evening on Saturday 29th March at 7:30pm at West Down Village Hall. Please come along to support the Marwood Community Hall project. If you require further information, are able to help on the night or wish to offer anything for the auction please contact Liz Quick using her email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Although very early days, we want to start thinking about how the community will use the hall. We would therefore be very interested in hearing from prospective users of the facility. All enquiries should be sent to Nicky Cruden-Shepherd using her email address email@example.com
I look forward to seeing many of you on 29th March.
Secretary, Marwood Community Hall Charity
GOOD NEWS FROM THE MARWOOD COMMUNITY HALL CHARITY - Nov 13 2013
I am pleased to report that Devon County Council (DCC) have now received the consent from the Department of Education, referred to in my September article, to lease a part of the Marwood School site for the building of the proposed joint use community-school hall, However, DCC have now informed us that a further application is required to lease a part of the playing field for the car park extension, under legislation designed to protect school playing fields being developed. Since we would be leasing a relatively insignificant piece of land which does not form part of the actual “level” playing field area this further application should not be a major hurdle. Fortunately the project is not being delayed as we continue to progress the re-design of the hall to meet the current available funding. We have appointed our project architect and hope to have a quantity surveyor appointed by the end of November.
Marwood Community Hall AGM
The AGM of the Marwood Community Hall Charity was held on July 16th : 34 people attended of whom 28 were eligible to vote. The four former Trustees did not seek re- election. The names of new Trustees and new representatives from local groups were put forward. Alan Cruden and Pete Silveston were subsequently elected as the new Elected Members and at the meeting five new Representative Members were appointed: Corinne Lethaby for the Marwood School Association, Liz Quick for the Marwood Toddlers, Sam Wallis for the Marwood Pre-School, Brian Chugg for the Marwood Methodist Church and Cllr Richard May for the Marwood Parish Council.
The Elected and Representative Members are the new trustees for the Hall Charity and together form the Management Committee. Subsequent to the AGM the new Management Committee unanimously appointed two Additional Representative Members: Margaret Greenslade for the Parochial Church Council and Margaret Pover for the Marwood Ladies. In addition Alun Cruden was appointed Chair, Liz Quick Vice-Chair and Pete Silveston Secretary/Treasurer. At the AGM a statement was read which had been prepared by the out-going Trustees stating that it had been agreed in principle, by a majority decision, to recommend the building of a new Community Hall at the Marwood School site. The recommendation was subject to an acceptable Management Agreement and the confirmation from Devon County Council (DCC) that the road at the side of the school can be used as the access to the new Community Hall. At the first meeting of the new Management Committee on July 22nd there was unanimous agreement to proceed with the recommendation to build the new Community Hall on the school site and the need to resolve the conditions placed on the recommendation by the previous Trustees. Understanding the position of DCC on a number of points is the critical next step and this will be the focus of action in the coming weeks. The intention is to provide an update of project progress in Marwood Matters on a regular basis.
Pete Silveston Secretary, Marwood Community Hall Charity