Welcome to Repton Village Hall, Askew Grove, Repton DE65 6GR.
Construction proceeding well and on schedule
On 21st December 2018 we were able to complete the signing of a legal agreement with Repton Parish Council and now the rebuilding is well underway.
Repton Parish Council is the first parish council in Derbyshire to have raised a public works loan from the government for the purpose of building a hall. It has felt daunting at times and involved running a referendum to ensure that villagers were willing both to support the project in principle and pay for it via the precept element in our council tax for the next 25 years.
It has been a tough call to get the project over the line. We are endebted to Mike Armson for working on the tenders and getting us to an affordable compromise. Building costs have risen a lot during the years of preparatory work and then the site revealed its' hidden problems. The old wooden hall was a light structure put on what had been agricultural land. All land here sits on the Cheshire gravel plain. The water table is high, the ground is soft and sits on gravel 3 metres down. In addition, we all had to do our bit to control water run off to reduce local and regional flood risks. The upshot was more than £50,000 in unexpected engineering costs. The site was piled but these had to be drilled and not hammered. Once the ground works were done, the construction proceeded rapidly and has been aided by relatively good weather.
Carol Lloyd, chair of Repton Parish Council and Gary Steel, parish council member, sign the Memorandum of Agreement to fund the hall with Kyran Farrell and Chris Jerram, trustees of the hall in January.