Burnham-on-Sea & Highbridge Town Council

Half a million £ as legacy to Sedgemoor’s Halls

Half a million £ as legacy to Sedgemoor’s Halls

Twenty-six rural village and community halls received between them £500,000 as a legacy from Sedgemoor District Council.  A commemorative plaque was handed over to the representatives of the each of the halls on Thursday afternoon, March 16th at a ceremony held at Woolavington Village Hall.

Councillor Duncan McGinty, Leader of Sedgemoor District Council said “As a rural area, we know that the village or community hall is often the heartbeat of that community.  From art classes to Zumba, halls host a whole myriad of activities for their communities.  We wanted to make sure that we could help our halls in the last days of Sedgemoor District Council, to make sure that they continue to provide such a vital part of life for many residents.”

Sedgemoor wanted to recognise the importance of the network of Community and Village Halls to the communities they serve.   Halls provide a range of services and access to community activities that are locally accessible and affordable.  These activities bring people together and can address loneliness and isolation.  Many hall committees are made up of volunteers who work hard to keep charges affordable. This usually means that whilst routine maintenance costs are generally covered, it is very hard to build up funds for major capital works.    That is why a capital fund was created to help halls with works that will improve the use of the halls.

Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council, Cllr Alan Bradford was joined by Portfolio Holder for Communities, Cllr Janet Keen, at the event where they met with Trustees and management members of the village and community halls who have received grants.     They commented “This event was a way of Sedgemoor District Council to say a very big, heartfelt, thank you to all those Trustees who, come rain or shine, turn out to make their spaces available to everyone.  We also thank the committee of Woolavington Village Hall for their generous gesture of hosting the reception.”

The halls which received the funding are as follows:-

HallProject DetailsSDC Grant
Ashcott Playing Fields in relation to the PavilionSolar Panels on roof of pavilion£5,800
Berrow Community Association LimitedSolar panels and a battery to use excess supply in evenings£6,000
Brent Knoll Parish HallInstalling solar panels and 11.6 KWh battery£9,588,54
Broomfield Village Hall  Address issues of rising damp from floor, insulate roof, replace windows.£50,000  
East Huntspill New Village HallImprove energy efficiency of hall heating and lighting£8,727.83
Lyng Village Hall  Replace external doors and windows, insulate roof space, deal with rising damp£6,865  
Middlezoy Community Project  Timber frame of hall needs to be repaired and upgraded if new hall is feasible these repairs will be rolled into the project.£36,200
Moorlinch Church Hall Committee    Improve energy efficiency of main hall, provide extra toilet facilities, and provide more flexible spaces – outdoor covered area and room divider in main building.£46,330  
Nether Stowey Village Hall and Recreation GroundRelocation and new build of the Stowey Centre to the Recreation Ground owned by the same CIO£50,000
North Newton Village Hall      To provide a more up to date gents toilet and shower by adding an extension to the building the freed-up space will add more storage capacity too.£26,672
Othery Village Hall  Refurbish main roof and flat rooves. Install solar panels and battery storage and EV charging.£28,389  
Over Stowey Village Hall and Recreation GroundRepairing roof, insulating it, and making it structurally sound to reinstall the original bell tower.£50,000
The Village Hall (Shapwick)Extend kitchen into ladies toilet to double its size and relocate toilets by extending into the frontage of the building£17,159.62
Theale Village HallRepair the roof, replace windows, doors and floor of the main hall.£41,609
Village Hall – East BrentUpgrade insulation and heating to improve energy efficiency and thermal comfort£6,551
Wedmore Village Hall  Upgrade the Snug including new windows, insulation and upgraded LED lighting to serve as a bar for the performance area£35,500
Wembdon Village Hall and Playing Fields TrustAdd new wing to village hall as in the original plans to accommodate two sports changing rooms, a storeroom and extend the small kitchenette. Footings already in place. Other match funding applications to the Football, Cricket and Sports Foundations by the local clubs.£50,000
Westonzoyland Village Hall  Replace all lighting with energy efficient lighting and refurbish the main hall floor.£8,307  
Westonzoyland Village HallUpdating leaking central heating and water boiler £7,854.55
Woolavington New Village HallInstallation of solar panels and battery storage£8,446.46
Total £500,000

Additionally, other grants paid out to urban and other halls in 2022 via the normal grant scheme were

Hall  Project DetailsSDC Grant
Burnham-on-Sea Community CentreRepair of the roof£10,000
Cheddar Village HallRemoving a structural load bearing wall to create two smaller rooms in addition to the man hall.£10,000
Enmore Memorial HallSolar/battery unit for the hall.£8,530
Highbridge Community HallReplacing arched feature window£4.000
St Georges Newtown, BridgwaterRepairing the roof and replacing the windows and radiators within the hall.  £10,000
Woolavington Village HallImproving the insulation in the hall.  £2298
Totals £44,828

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The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III will take place on Saturday 6th May 2023, with an additional bank holiday on Monday 8th May 2023.

We are keen to hear from groups/organisations in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge that are looking to celebrate the Coronation. The Town Council has £1500 available to allocate to events being organised to celebrate the Kings Coronation. The maximum grant to be allocated per event will be £500.

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