Funds to enable completion of the first essential phase of the refurbishment project
Posted: 9th September 2010
Westcote Village Hall, Church Westcote, Oxfordshire, OX7 6SH
Westcote Village Hall was an old tithe barn given by the church to the village for £1 in the 1960s. Apart from routine maintenance and replacement of the main roof, nothing had been done to the hall since its original conversion. It had become a cold and unwelcoming place.
The village hall committee had a long-held ambition of renovating the lavatory and storeroom area to the rear of the hall. It also wanted to refurbish the main hall and the project was given a new sense of urgency by the discovery that the flat roof was leaking and would need replacement. The estimated cost of the entire refurbishment was approx. £50,000.
The Gloucestershire Environmental Trust awarded £20,000 to enable completion of the first essential phase of the project. This was hugely motivating and fired enthusiasm to raise enough to do the whole project as a seamless exercise. Westcote Village Hall is now transformed. It is brighter, warmer and more welcoming with all of its facilities fully updated. It will be an asset for the village for many years to come.