The Congresbury new village hall project – which has received pledges of £115,000 so far – is extending the deadline of its pledge request to the end of September.
The community were asked to make a pledge, which is a non-binding promise to buy community shares, or donate via a ‘buy a brick’ scheme.
Ian Sheppard for the project said, ‘Whilst we are somewhat short of the minimum target we set, there are well over 2,000 other people, organisations and businesses in the village who could pledge. If just half pledged £100 it would raise a further £100,000.
‘The number of pledges is just as important as the amount raised because it shows potential funders the village supports the new building,’ he said.
The community share offer will be open to those aged over 16 and also to people from outside the village.
The project team has also fine-tuned the pledge request. The minimum amount for shares has been reduced to £100 and pledges can be made online.
Mr Sheppard noted that there had been some confusion over the pledges. ‘Money invested in Community shares are not a donation,’ he explained.
‘Effectively they are a long-term loan with 30 per cent income tax relief if retained for at least three years, with the full amount to be repaid, a significant return of over 40 per cent.’
Full details are on the project website – http://www.congresburyvillagehall.co.uk/’
In a further development Mr Sheppard said that the project will receive a significant boost if it reaches the pledge target.
‘A substantial investment has been promised to help the project achieve its £400,000 optimum target. This investment is subject to some conditions, one of which is for the community to raise £250,000 in pledges.
‘Other conditions relate to ensuring the existing clubs use of the playing fields is not adversely impacted by the use of the new building, and having this included in an agreement between ourselves and the trustees managing the playing fields. The Development committee have confirmed their agreement to that.’
‘It is in the community‘s hands to make this happen.’
Members of the project team will be out and about in the village over the next month or so to answer any questions. Regular updates will be available on the website and on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/congresburyvillagehall/.
The deadline date for the pledge request has been extended to the end of September to give more time for the community to significantly increase the amount raised currently standing at £111,275.
We have had made some changes; the minimum amount for the shares pledge will be £100, and pledges can be made online via our website – http://www.congresburyvillagehall.co.uk/pledge-request-form/
We are in discussions with a potential investor willing to make a substantial pledge to help the project achieve its targets, subject to some conditions. If we can finalise this pledge it will be a significant boost to the project and help with our discussions with potential funders. But the community must reach the minimum £250,000 target.
Some 127 pledges have been received so there are well over 2,000 other people in the village who could pledge.
We are working through the feedback we have received and will issue further updates over the next couple of weeks.
WORKING TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE THIS HAPPEN
Part of the feedback we received from the pledge request for the new village hall, regarded sorting out the pedestrian crossing at the Precinct as some see that as a higher priority.
As I use this crossing daily and have experienced how dangerous it can be. I did write to North Somerset Council (NSC) back in 2012, but as only 1 recorded incident happened in the previous 3 years their only suggestion was using the local speedwatch group to monitor, but that did not happen.
There is currently an opportunity to lobby the Parish Council by commenting on its transport section of the Neighbourhood Plan – http://www.congresbury-pc.gov.uk/…/Congresbury%20Neighbourh…
Please read Marion Johnson’s heartfelt letter to the Somerset Times. Click here.
Plans for a new village hall and community centre in Congresbury will enter a critical phase in the next few months.
So far more than £71,000 has been raised towards the project with £8,200 raised last year. In the next couple of months, the project volunteers will issue an invitation to pledge money towards the build cost.
“We have set a target of the community investing £400,000 in the building; the absolute minimum that must be raised will be £250,000,” said Ian Sheppard on behalf of the project team.
The New Village Hall / Community Centre project have changed their Facebook presence from a group to a page so that there is no longer a need to become a member. The page can been found using this link https://www.facebook.com/congresburyvillagehall/ or by searching for ‘Congresbury village hall page’ on Facebook.
On 14th and 15th December, Julia Thyer held wreath making parties at her house which raised £425 for The New Village Hall Project. Liz English arranged the catering, and several people brought soups and puddings as well as greenery from their gardens. After mulled wine and lunch, Julia gave a talk and demonstration, then the guests made their own beautiful wreaths. Julia Koblizek decorated hers with real citrus tree leaves and dried oranges while Emma used honesty seed heads, Mary Faunt created a swirl effect with her stunning design. You may see some of them as you walk around the village.
Liz and Julia thanked everyone for their generous contributions which made each day so enjoyable.
Liz also organised the fun recital The Greatest Story Ever Told given by Tim Lewis which raised a whopping £602, enabling Liz to give a total of £1,027 to the new hall.
Revised plans for a smaller new village hall and community centre for Congresbury are being drawn up to help offset rising costs.
The Congresbury New Village Hall Development Trust has been working with architects Stride Treglown on reducing the footprint of the proposed building, first mooted in late 2013.
Fifteen gardens are opening for your delight to raise money for the new village hall. Delicious home-made teas will be served, and who can resist that? There’s something for everyone to enjoy. Be amazed at a collection of Bonsai, amused at scarecrows, go potty about potting sheds and wowed by a secret cottage garden, smell the flowers, hear the birds, and eat the cake. £5 entry includes all gardens, children free. Generously sponsored by Debbie Fortune Estate Agents. Free programmes available at the Post Office and Day Lewis Pharmacy.
The New Village Hall Development Trust is pleased to announced that Debbie Fortune estate agents are extending their generous support to the new building project by donating 10 per cent of their fees on any house they sell or rent in Congresbury in 2017 and nominating the development trust as their charity of choice at the North Somerset Show on May 1 when trust members will be rattling collection buckets and explaining the project to visitors from all over North Somerset. The full press release can be found here http://www.debbiefortune.co.uk/latest-news/post/1486133937/raising-funds-for-congresburys-new-village-hall
Last week, two wreath-making workshops were held in the village, raising a grand total of £310. Thanks to all who attended, those who made puddings and especially to Liz English who organised the lunch and made soup. The wreaths were stunning, well done everyone.