MARWOOD COMMUNITY HALL CHARITY - BIG BUILD

NOVEMBER 2014 UPDATE

Construction of the Hall is proceeding to the latest plan. The steel frame was erected in the first two weeks of November, scaffolding will follow, enabling the roof to be put up by the end of the month. The concrete slab for the whole building will then be poured. By Christmas we should see most of the external walls erected and the external doors and windows put into position. January is when the internal works get underway. Completion is still on for early February, weather permitting.

     Work continues to finalise the items needed to fully fit out the hall and kitchen. We will be putting in grant applications to help fund these items. As a start, we have just secured a £300 grant from North Devon Council’s Community Buildings Broadband Fund to install wi-fi coverage inside the hall, using Wild West as the supplier.

     Saturday 18th April 2015 will be the

official opening day for the new Hall with a 

community-wide event being planned –

details to follow but please keep the

afternoon free.

     To all prospective  hall users, please do contact Alan Cruden, our trustee chairman, to discuss your interest in organising future events in the hall. Phone 850592 or email acruden7@gmail.com


     Pete Silveston, Secretary, Marwood Community Hall.

 

 

October 2014

Leveling the site
Leveling the site
Foundation digging
Foundation digging
Creating the retaining walls
Creating the retaining walls
The project started on time, just as the children broke up for the summer holidays.   
      The old hall was removed safely by specialist asbestos approved contractors.

      The main contractor CDL had perfect weather all summer to clear the site, the soil and sub-soil being spread on the field behind the school football pitch has created a new berm that will be grassed over. 

      The foundations took a little longer because of loose rock in the lowest corner nearest to the road, this meant more loose rock had to come out and more filling back up with hard core. The foundations were then dug and concrete poured to level the building, all of the steel frame points have been made and "coned off".

       The big retaining walls designed by the structural engineer have been started these will quickly define the site and give sense to how big the hall footprint is.  

        So as we move towards November the steel frame, should be on site and perhaps even some of it in place. Alan Cruden, Trustee Chairman

The Hall Committee is now working on what will be required in the hall by way of tables, chairs and crockery etc. for community use and on marketing the facility. If you are a prospective hall user please contact Alan Cruden, our trustee chairman, to discuss your requirements, either by phone (850592) or email acruden7@gmail.com 

       One suggestion is to start a Scout group in the new hall and Alan Cruden has met with the District Commissioner and Regional Development Scout to discuss the idea and they have been very supportive. So, if you have a 4-10 year old and they would like to join please let Alan know. A minimum of 20 children will be needed to start up a new group.

      Please remember to look at our Facebook page and our Marwood Matters web page where you can keep in touch with developments, news about planned activities, forthcoming events and the grand opening – more about that next month. https://www.facebook.com/marwoodcommunityhall?ref=hl

 

Pete Silveston. Secretary, Marwood Community Hall.

 

Marwood Community Hall AUGUST 2014

 

The Community Hall AGM was held on July 17th. Lorna Jones was elected as a charity trustee, joining Alan Cruden and myself. Lorna works at North Devon Council as the Grants and Community Development Co-ordinator and has been a member of the Hall Project Team over the past year. The Representative Trustees are Nicky Cruden-Shepherd ( Marwood School Association), Margaret Greenslade (Marwood Church), Cllr Richard May (Marwood Parish Council), Liz Quick (Marwood Toddlers) and Sam Willis (Marwood Pre-school). Also Christine Briggs-Wilson, from Prixford, has joined our Project Team.

 

                All legal documents for the new hall were signed with Devon County Council on Friday 25th July and the contractors moved on site the following Monday. It was very touch and go but we made it in time to make full use of the school holidays when the site will be empty.

 

The new car park extension has been dug out and given a loose stone surface and the contractors will be using this area as their compound during the construction. By the time you read this note the old hall will have gone and foundations will be being dug. The project duration has remained at 25 working weeks, but with a two week Christmas shut down and allowing for some delays due to bad weather, the hall will be completed during February next year.  

 

                We now need to start thinking about how the community wants to use the new hall. Action is already being taken to try and set up a Marwood Scout Group. Are there any badminton players in Marwood who would like to start up a group? Is there interest in having local fitness, pilates or other classes? Please contact  one of the trustees if you  are part of an existing club / organisation and would like to use the new hall or wish to set up a new club / group in Marwood..

 

 

 

Pete Silveston.

 

Secretary, Marwood Community Hall.