Children and adults in and around Wilford are set to benefit from a much-improved community space thanks to FCC Communities Foundation, Carter’s Educational Foundation and local fundraising efforts.
The Church Hall Committee have been working hard to raise funds to get the project to the point it could be supported by community grants.
Supported by the Luncheon Club, St Wilfrid’s Church, Co-op Community Fund, generous individuals and several fundraising events they have raised the necessary funding for phase one of the project.
This first stage is focused on improvements to the back, Benjamin Carter Hall. Thanks to FCC Communities Foundation – which has awarded the project £99,953.00 – and a substantial donation from Carter’s Educational Foundation, the back hall will benefit from accessible entrance ways and toilets, new kitchen facilities, plus efficient insulation, windows, heating and storage.
Through consultation with the community and regular users, these works will ensure this building is fit for use by future generations. The work is due be completed by the end of September this year.
Additional fundraising and grant applications will continue to allow the second phase of the project, involving redevelopment of the front hall, to become a reality.
Alice Veldtman, secretary of the Halls Committee, said: “This project will provide a real boost to the people of Wilford. It’s fantastic that FCC Communities Foundation and Carters Educational Foundation have awarded us this funding and we can move forwards with the project. We’re really looking forward to our revamped hall, and the lasting benefit this will bring to the community.”
FCC Communities Foundation – previously known as WREN – is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.
Cheryl Raynor, FCC community foundations local grant manager, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Wilford Church Hall project and pleased that our funding will help to enhance this fantastic facility for local people.
“FCC Communities Foundation is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and we’re really looking forward to seeing this one take shape soon.”