The original village hall stood in High Street opposite St Wystan's School. In 1960 it was destroyed by fire, and the present hall was completed in 1973. As the only public hall which can accommodate large gatherings, it is indispensable for well attended larger village events. It also serves as the village polling station for elections and as a meeting room for village societies. Internally it feels welcoming, and it is for the most part quite serviceable if dated. Over the years it has been well maintained, but the unseen fabric is deteriorating, maintenance costs are increasing and fittings need replacing.
The hall was built using wooden frames and wood and glazing infill panels. It is well beyond its predicted 25 year design life, and now unrepairable. One of the columns suffers from significant rot. When any structural element fails, the building will lose its structural integrity and have to be closed.
As an equally serious problem the accommodation does not meet current standards and requirements. There are no disabled facilities, kitchen and WC provision is no longer adequate and the single large room is unsuitable for smaller gatherings. Heating, insulation and lighting fail to meet current requirements for economical 'green' standards; the hall has very large single-glazed windows and very little thermal insulation. It wastes energy and is very expensive to heat.
As well as improving energy efficiency, we will improve disability access, renew the kitchen and toilets, lengthen the main hall (of particular importance for indoor sport), add two smaller meeting rooms, and create facilities for a community drop-in and cafe.
Action is now essential
Not least for tax reasons, the most economical way forward is to demolish the existing building and completely rebuild. The estimated cost (at 2017 costs) is between £597,500 and £850,000 depending on the floor area and the number of phases in construction. The management committee estimates that up to £318,000 can be raised from grants, 106 monies, local fund raising events and other sources.
Registered Charity No. 1131731