A New Hall update from Cass Miller- Jones, Chair of Trustees (July 2024)

New Village Hall

As we hit the half way mark in the year, I wanted to update you on what is happening with funding for a new Village Hall.

There has been a huge amount of effort by both our Trustees and additional volunteer residents since March 2024 to make progress on funding applications.

  1. Members of the VH Fundraising Sub Committee had a very helpful face-to-face pre-bid meeting with the local National Lottery adviser in May. The National Lottery adviser was impressed with the depth and quality of the work to date and gave useful feedback on completing our bid.
  2. We have since completed the (very detailed) National Lottery funding application, which will be submitted in the next week. We are bidding for £300,000 from the National Lottery.
  3. We are actively completing the funding applications to two other funds for a total of an additional £300,000.

All those involved in this work are volunteers who give up what time they can to move the project forward and I would like to thank them for helping us to get this work done.

As you may be aware we have already raised £100,000 with the support of the community. This will be used to kick-start the project once more funding is in place, and is a solid piece of evidence that we are serious about our own fundraising. We would love to continue this excellent community fund raising support for the new hall, so if you have any ideas for fundraising events, or would like to get involved in any way, then please do get in touch on either info@fritwellvillagehall.co.uk or newhallquery@fritwellvillagehall.co.uk

Treasurer vacancy

At the current time we have a vacancy for a Treasurer. This is a crucial role for us as we manage funds to both run the hall and to put towards funding a New Hall build. There is flexibility as to whether this role has to be a full Trustee or not. If you have the skills for this role and would like to get involved at this exciting time for the Village Hall, then please do get in touch.

Hiring the Hall

As we move into the second part of the year there are still plenty of Saturday and Sunday slots for hall hire. If you are looking to host an event then please do complete the form on the website https://www.fritwellvillagehall.co.uk/village-hall-bookings/ or speak to a Trustee.

Upcoming events at Fritwell Village Hall…

Frit ClubSat 13th July 7.30pm (Free Entry) – Fritwell’s community/social night with Live DJ’s playing Jazz/Funk/Soundtracks/Soul/Disco/Dance aims to bring local people together to Sit, Chat, Drink, Dance, Repeat! The bar will be open. All proceeds to the New Hall fund. Poster here

Live NightSat 20th July from 7.30pm (Free Entry) – Hosted by Frets & Strings  – come along & have a listen to live musicians playing acoustic sets. The Bar will be open. All proceeds to the New Hall fund. Poster here

Fritwell Family Day & Flower Show Sat 17th August 2pm-4pm – including Teas & Cakes, Children’s Entertainment, Tombola, Raffle, Cake stall & local organisation stalls. Poster here and Show Schedule to download & print (to register your entries) here

For a full summary of events at the VH including the month of July please go here

Kind regards,

Cass Miller-Jones, Chair of Trustees