Marwood Community Hall Project Update April 2014
It seems a long time ago now, but on February 28th we received a £14,000 grant offer from the Community Council for Devon. This took the charity’s funds to just over £200,000 and will enable us to access the full £200,000 offered as matching funds by Fullabrook CIC. Unless there are major unforeseen cost increases as we go into the detailed design phase and tendering process, we should now have sufficient funds to build the hall itself, as shown in the latest planning application drawings. However, the current funds are insufficient to pay for all the features we wish to include and some aspects of the project will be delayed into 2015 whilst we seek further funding. These items include installing a proper sprung wooden sports floor and external landscaping and planting.
We do not want to delay the total project until we have funding for all aspects since we are concerned that building costs will inflate as the economic climate improves and we will be forever chasing a moving cost target.
The fund raising auction was very enjoyable and a great success financially, raising over £1350. 7 items out of over 70 did not get sold and we now will run a sealed bid auction. Full details of the 7 items are listed below. Could sealed bids please be either handed in to the school office, emailed to email@example.com or given to any memberof the Marwood Community Hall Committee. The bids will be opened at midday on Monday 19th May. Please do participate in this auction to add to the funds for “your” hall.
Over the next 4 weeks we will be submitting further grant applications, progressing the planning application and detailed design and tendering for the main contractor to be used for the construction project – a very busy few weeks.
Finally for the diary, we are planning to hold our AGM on Thursday 17th July at 7:30pm in Marwood Church Hall; further details nearer the time.
Secretary, Marwood Community Hall Charity.
Auction Donations remaining now on offer by sealed bids1. Sheppy’s Cider farm – museum, orchards and cider tasting. Free entrance for upto 4 persons. Location: Three Bridges, Bradford on Tone, Taunton, Somerset TA4 1ER
2. The Garden House – free entrance for 2 adults. Location: The Garden House, Buckland Monachorum, Yelerton, Devon. PL20 7LQ
3. The Tank Museum – Free entrance for up to 2 adults and 2 children valid to 31.03.15 Location: Bovington, Dorset. BH20 6JG
4. Theatre Royal Plymouth – 2 free tickets to one show from a choice of 6. ( See how they run, Dreamboats and Petticoats, Lord of the Flies, Under Milk Wood, Happy Days or Pygmalion. Dates: April to June valid Mon-Thurs only.
5. Devon Railway Centre – free family ticket. Location: Bickleigh,Tiverton. EX16 8RG
6. Keypitts Stables ‘N’ Quads – 1 free “Skills Quad Ride” valid until 12.03.15 Location: Oxenpark Lane, Ilfracombe EX34 9RW
7. Crow Point Watercolour Picture by local artist Phil Rycroft of South Molton. The picture is mounted and framed in a
dark silver modern frame – full size is 13 inches x 9.25 inches (actual watercolour size approx. 7 inches x 5 inches). To be put up for viewing outside the school office after Easter.
Sealed bids will be opened at midday on Monday 19th May. Please either leave your bids at the school office or email firstname.lastname@example.org , give to Liz Quick or any other member of the Marwood Community Hall Committee.
Marwood Community Hall Project Update March 2014
Dear Marwood Occupant / Friends of Marwood Community and School,
Over recent months you may have seen updates about the Marwood Community Hall project in Marwood Matters. After a long gestation period we are very excited to now have the finances in place, and the necessary Department of Education Consents, to enable us to enter the final phase of the project.
I am therefore writing to inform you that we have submitted our Planning Application to Devon District Council Planning Office. As you may be aware, the hall will be used jointly by Marwood School and by the local community. The Hall will be of sufficient size to accommodate a badminton court and there will be new kitchen facilities and storage space plus an extension to the existing car park for Community use.
During term time the school will use the facility in the mornings and through the lunch period, providing the children with greatly improved facilities for indoor exercise and performances.
The Community will have use of the hall outside of the above school times, subject to the usual limitations. It is still early days in trying to determine detailed Community usage patterns for the hall, and we would welcome expressions of interest or ideas so we can start to formulate plans.
To give you an opportunity to see the plans and to ask questions we will be holding an open evening between 18:00 and 19:30, on Tuesday April 1st in the old hall at Marwood School. Please do come along to meet the Marwood Community Hall Project Team and discuss any ideas you may have for use of the hall or any matters of concern or queries you may have.
Secretary Marwood Community Hall Management Committee and Chair of Governors, Marwood School
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.