Rough Common Village Hall lands council cash

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Rough Common Village Hall will be spruced up thanks to a grant from Canterbury City Council’s Rural Area Member Panel.

At its meeting on Monday 22 January, the panel agreed to give the Rough Common Village Hall and Playing Field Management Committee £2,000 from its opportunities fund to make good the hall’s walls and to prime, seal and paint its walls and woodwork.

Cllr Stuart Walker, chairman of the Rural Area Member Panel, said: “Village halls play a vital part in rural life and act as a focal point to bring communities together. The day the panel made its decision was the start of Village Hall Week run by Action with Communities in Rural England so the timing was perfect.”

The hall, which will become home to a part-time post office, hosts all sorts of groups and has become increasingly important since the loss of the local pub. A total of £500 has already been raised from coffee mornings and a range of other events.

Cllr Amy Baker, who is a member of the panel and is chairman of the Rough Common Village Hall and Playing Field Management Committee, said: “We want to make the hall a social hub for the village and make it a more inviting place to spend time. It is looking very tired and the paintwork is chipped and peeling off the walls.

“There is a huge amount of work to be done like installing some new heating and upgrading the kitchen, so we need all the help we can get to raise funds. The committee is delighted to have been awarded £2,000 by the city council and we hope our residents support us to make it a central part of the community.”

The Rural Area Member Panel has been given £10,000 to spend in 2017/2018 and has agreed one third of its fund will be used for councillor-commissioned projects that affect rural areas. Members of the public and community groups can apply for a slice of the other two thirds of the pot.

To be considered, projects have to:

  • Be one-off projects or activities that relate to city council functions
  • Promote or improve the economic, social or environmental wellbeing of the panel area or its inhabitants, or part of it, or some of its inhabitants
  • Not incur ongoing running costs
  • Demonstrate the proposal provides something different or extra, if the organisation or group is already in receipt of other city council funding
  • Start within six months of the panel’s decision

For more information or to apply, go to the opportunities fund page on the council’s website.

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