Llangennith Hall has been awarded £250,000 by the Big Lottery Fund and will support this with £17,000 from its funds and aim to raise an additional £4,500. Thanks to the Big Lottery we can finally make our long held dreams a reality.
Big Lottery Fund’s Christmas Present to Llangennith Hall
We will provide a Children’s playground, informal level sports area, landscaped playing fields, new disabled access and a ground source heat pump to upgrade the heating system in the hall. Some people with their own children remember attending meetings about this as a child! I think there is still a general feeling of disbelief that we have finally got there.
The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery. The Fund is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK. Since its inception in 2004 they have awarded close to £6bn.
Thank you to the local residents, businesses, Llanrhidian pupils, community groups and hall users who sent in letters and emails of support for our bid. We had a fantastic response with 70+ letters and emails representing over 250 individuals.
What next? We have a detailed project plan including community consultation, addressing planning conditions, fundraising, tendering suppliers, setting up new user groups and a grand opening event. This is a project for the whole community of Llangennith and surrounding villages in Gower, as the nearest public playground facilities are in Crofty or Mumbles. We are aiming for works to be complete by late summer 2015 for our grand opening event.
How you can get involved? We will be holding the first of several public consultations in Llangennith Hall on Saturday 24th January from 1.00pm-3.00pm to provide further information and would love to see you there. From this month, we will be writing a monthly column in the parish magazine to provide progress updates and posting updates on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/llangennithhall.llangennith
We are also looking for volunteers to help us with fundraising, planning and supporting events, setting up new user groups etc. Is anyone interested in Llangennith Grows – a group for all ages for flower, vegetable and fruit planting in raised beds? Is there an informal sport or activity you would like to play in the field, if so, would you like to volunteer to set up a group and plan the equipment we need? We are open to ideas. If there is something you would like to do or a talent you can share with others, please get in touch via our facebook page, website or consultation events.
I look forward to seeing you all at our next consultation meeting, Saturday 24th January 1.00pm-3.00pm. The hall was built in 1920 and refurbished for the new Millennium. It seems fitting that almost 100 years later, the hall is still a vibrant part of the local community and we are developing the hall field facilities for generations to come. 2015 is going to be an exciting and very busy year.
Wishing you all a Happy New Year and a healthy and productive 2015,
Minutes Secretary for Llangennith Hall and Chair of Llangennith Hall Field sub group