ASTRA’s Annual Report meeting on 2 May attracted a good turn out from villagers interested to hear news of plans to re-build the deteriorating Church Hall.
CMI Architects Ltd, the appointed architects for the project, presented revised images and plans for the proposed new building, which have been updated as a result of last year’s public consultation on the scheme. The re-build ideas proposed were met with enthusiasm and goodwill.
All we need to do is find some £180,000 to £200,000 to realise the vision of not only having a brand new and safer home for the Pre-School but also a building which offers a small and self-contained meeting room for village groups to meet during hours when the Pre-School is in session.
Outside Pre-School hours the project will provide the amenity of a large hall community space (equivalent to the current main hall area) together with a small meeting room and a rear balcony area, modern kitchen and modern toilets (including disabled facilities).
The meeting was informed of plans to re-landscape the plot of land on which the Church Hall is sited to provide new play area facilities for Pre-School and new planted areas to benefit the environmental impact of the site.
Next steps with the project
The project is now entering a crucial stage in which we seek expertise from local residents (or friends of local residents) who have grounding in project administration and who have experience in raising funding for capital enterprises that deliver social value.
Nick Wagstaff, Secretary to ASTRA Community Projects would be delighted to hear from villagers who have such background.
The ASTRA Team is seeking a way forward to ensure that the village community has meeting places available in the future to accommodate many and varied locally-scaled activities.
View the minutes of the meeting.
The ASTRA Project Team