Thursday, 27 July 2017

Project Receives Publicity

Press releases to local newspapers about the success of the grat applications to Heritage Lottery and Devon Community Foundation Batsworthy Moor Wind Farm Community Fund, resulted in press coverage by Crediton Courier and Mid Devon Gazette. Copies of the articles are shown below.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Heritage Lottery Support Conservation at Parish Hall


Celebrating a Century as a Parish Hall - East Worlington Parish Hall, a Converted C17th Tithe Barn Wins National Lottery Support

East Worlington Parish Hall has received a £34,500.00 National Lottery grant from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project to Conserve East Worlington Parish Hall, Research It’s Role Over the Last 100 Years and Celebrate its Heritage.

Led by volunteers from the local community, the project provides a focus which engages and harnesses local interest, knowledge, skills, energy and time to achieve the project outcomes. This includes ensuring the building is conserved in better condition, that a wide range of people have access to more information about the Hall and its role in the community over the last 100 years and that we celebrate the dedication of the community over that period of time in sustaining this vital community facility.   

While this is a community project, especially exciting is the support and contribution made by the pupils attending East Worlington Primary School and students attending Chulmleigh Community School who will develop skills and learning as part of their work on the project and hopefully gain an appreciation of their heritage and the need to understand it, record it, preserve it and celebrate it.

The support of the community is a vital in enabling us to undertake this project and we continue to be appreciative and grateful for so many people from our community who volunteer and make such a difference to the sustainability of their community and community life.

The outcomes from this project will support and further reinforce the role of the Hall as a Community Hub and Local Heritage Learning Centre.

East Worlington Parish Hall, which is a Grade II Listed converted tithe barn dating to the late C17th, of mainly cob wall and thatched construction, is of heritage value with archaeological, architectural and historic significance. As a Devonian Parish Hall, its construction and evolution as a building is unique and highlights the importance for further research and recording.

As a community facility, it provides a venue for learning, social and recreational purposes, health-related activities, meetings of community organisations and interest groups and is used by our local primary school for performances and events and therefore its viability and sustainability are highly important.

The Hall is managed by a group of Trustees who are local volunteers and who act as the Hall’s Management Committee. They are a dedicated group who are instrumental in leading the ambition for this project and providing governance to ensure it is achieved.

Nerys Watts, Head of HLF South West, said: “Building on successful conservation work at the village hall, which was also made possible by National Lottery players, we’re pleased to support these plans which will enable people of all ages to celebrate a century of their community heritage.”   

Parish Hall Secures Funds for Kitchen Refurbishment

Press Release

East Worlington Parish Hall is awarded a £14,572.50 grant from Devon Community Foundation Batsworthy Cross Wind Farm Community Fund

Devon Community Foundation has awarded a grant of £14,572.50 from the Batsworthy Cross Wind Farm Community Fund to support the refurbishment of the kitchen at East Worlington Parish Hall.

East Worlington Parish Hall is the only community facility within the parish of East Worlington and serves the local community including those living beyond the immediate parish. The Hall enables activities which bring people together, reduce isolation and support the well-being of the community. Many of the activities benefit from catering and with better facilities we can provide a wider range of activities and services.

Steve Baber, Chair of East Worlington Parish Hall Trustees said: “The grant is brilliant news and provides essential support to enable us to provide the facilities required by our community. This grant will make a huge difference to our community. Our thanks go to Devon Community Foundation.”

Laura Hewitt from DCF added “We are delighted to be able to support this fantastic group. It is groups like this working on the frontline that are so essential to our communities. It’s what makes DCF so important to ensure that together with donors and local groups we can build strong and vibrant communities for everyone in Devon, both now and for the future.”

For more information about the work of Devon Community Foundation visit their website. 

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Trustee Meeting

Trustee scheduled meeting. Trustees celebrate HLF grant success and discuss the implementation plan.

Trustees Meeting: Trustees Support Conservation and Refurbishment Project

East Worlington Parish Hall Trustees met on Thursday 13th July to learn about the success with grant applications and the support from Heritage Lottery Fund and Devon Community Foundation, Batsworthy Cross Wind Farm Community Fund. These resources enable the Trustees to implement their plans to further conserve the Parish Hall and improve the kitchen facilities. The Trustees decided to proceed and the next action is to commission their chosen contractor and work with him in confirming the details before starting the work. The Trustees look forward to ensuring the community have much improved kitchen facilities and a Parish Hall that is conserved for future generations.

The photographs show the condition of the uilding before the project is started