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.

Once the required amount in pledges has been received main grant applications can begin, he explained.

In the meantime, architects Stride Treglown, who have waived more than £6,000 in fees so far, are making final revisions to the internal layout which will be signed off by end of February. A design package will then be produced to discharge conditions in the Community Right to Build order and be sent to local contractors to obtain indicative costings, around June time..

More than 80 villagers are working as volunteers on the project and many local businesses are supporting the scheme.

Fundraising events coming up include Race Night at the Old School Rooms on February 24. With the help of Langford Productions, the horse races will be shown on a large screen. The first race starts at 7.30pm and entry is £5. Tickets are available from Church House Designs, Broad Street, Congresbury or contact Ally on 07814 155703. There will be a bar and raffle.

There will be a sponsored abseil at Sandford Quarry on May 12. Register for a sponsorship form on the contact page of the project website or contact Rose Osborne on 01934 838800 /

The team is also organising this year’s ‘Do After The Show’ after the summer fete on June 30 with live music from The Stereo Jacks.

The project has a new website The website is being sponsored by Hearing Solutions UK.