Community halls and centres in Broughton (Test Valley), Warsash (Fareham), Rowner (Gosport) and Winnall (Winchester) will be significantly improved thanks to over £570,000 of grants from Hampshire County Council.
The recently approved grants from the Community Buildings Capital Fund include:
£150,000 to Broughton Village Hall to help build an extension creating a new community room and space to house a historical archive of the village, donated by a local benefactor. The grant will also be used to update the building’s heating, insulation, lighting, storage and access for people with disabilities. The hall is used by local groups as well as for private and business hire. Additional funding has also been provided by the local benefactor, Test Valley Borough Council and Broughton Parish Council.
£148,000 to Warsash Victory Hall to replace its roof to enable continued use by the community. The 40-year-old building is used by 1,500 people each week.
£141,000 to Rowner Community Trust to regenerate the Nimrod Community Centre in Gosport. The Centre provides a range of community facilities and activities including a ‘one stop shop’ to help residents access NHS services and the local Job Centre Plus. The funding will be used to move the entrance of the building, improve the reception area, create a new training room and turn the Trust office into a community meeting room and accessible IT suite. Additional funding has been provided by Gosport Borough Council.
£132,000 to Winnall Community Association for a number of improvements to the Winnall Community Centre, including improving the ladies toilets and storage for the main hall, fixing damaged flooring, creating a café area, and improving the external space including a children’s play area. The centre is used for a range of activities for all age groups, including a breakfast club for children entitled to free school meals.
The grants followed a one-off opportunity to apply for funding to support large projects which would make a significant difference to community buildings. Hampshire County Council’s on-going Community Buildings Capital Fund supports capital-based projects, including refurbishment and improvement of Hampshire community centres, village halls and buildings associated with charitable and voluntary organisations – through applications for up to £25,000. These buildings provide a wide range of community facilities and activities, and the funding will help them reduce capital costs and attract more business, making them more sustainable.
For further information visit www.hants.gov.uk/community-buildings-capital-fund.htm