Stansfield's last remaining community facility receives grant in support of £36,000 appeal to secure future
A campaign to secure a community centre for future generations is gathering pace, after receiving a grant to protect the hall’s deteriorating roof, while funding is sought for a permanent replacement.
Stansfield Village Hall is seeking approximately £36,000 for its Raise the Roof appeal, to replace its ageing felt roof with a corrugated metal one, intended to last at least another 30 to 40 years.
To support the cause, the hall’s management committee was awarded more than £2,000 from the National Lottery Local Connections Fund, to pay for a temporary cover for the roof, which was installed last week.
Committee chairman Derek Adams hailed the grant as a lifeline for the facility, explaining that heavy rainfall, snow and stormy weather over the autumn and winter had taken a severe toll on the existing roof.
“The roof has been declining for a few years,” he told the Free Press. “The spring before last, we had a very big storm and the wind took off quite a few felt shingles and, since then, it has gradually been deteriorating.
“We don’t have a pub in the village any more, so the hall is the only kind of community facility left. We host a lot of regular clubs and also some irregular events, and we provide a lot of opportunities for local people.
“It’s really important that we raise the money to raise the roof. The response so far has been very good, and we hope it will keep going.”
To date, around £9,000 has been raised towards the new roof, with the village hall management committee currently preparing applications for further grant funding.
Due to coronavirus restrictions, the hall has been unable to open, apart from a brief period between the first and second lockdown periods last year.
In lieu of this, the hall committee is organising a number of virtual events, which began with the annual village quiz in December, bringing in more than £350 for the appeal.
Anybody who would like to donate towards the Stansfield Village Hall Raise the Roof appeal can do so by emailing email@example.com for more details.