Grants awarded for village hall refurbishment projects

A total of £59,137 will be shared between eleven successful applicants.

The cash will go towards a variety of projects, including kitchen renovations; wall re-building and the replacement of fire doors.

Well-used community buildings

Councillor Lorraine Lindsay-Gale, Oxfordshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Cultural and Community Services, said: "Village halls and similar buildings are used by a variety of people inseveral different ways and it's clear that they are highly valued by local communities.

"There are a number of refurbishment projects going on in the county on these buildings and I know that the money that has been granted will be well-used by those involved in these schemes."

The successful applicants were:

  • £9,000 towards altering, extending and refurbishing Sandford-on-Thames Village Hall
  • £9,000 for Kirtlington Village Hall to refurbish toilets and improve electrics
  • £9,000 towards toilet and kitchen improvements to Chilton Village Hall
  • £7,000 for re-roofing and insulating Warborough Greet Hall
  • £6,000 to Ascott-under-Wychwood Hall towards kitchen refurbishment
  • £5,000 for the refurbishment of the kitchen at Drayton Village Hall
  • £5,000 for the redesign and refurbishment of the toilet area in Finmere Village Hall
  • £3,794 will help the internal wall re-enforcement project at Hook Norton Village Hall
  • £2,533 towards the reinstatement of a terraced area at Wardington Village Hall
  • £1,425 will help the rebuilding of a boundary wall at Duns Tew Village Hall
  • £1,385 towards the replacement of fire doors at Highmoor Hall, Highmoor

The county council's grant scheme for the improvement of village halls and other community buildings is administered by Community First Oxfordshire.

Grants are usually available for up to 35% of total project costs, normally up to a maximum cash limit of £10,000.

For schemes to provide access and or facilities for people with disabilities, the council usually seeks to make available grants of up to 50% of total project costs, normally with a maximum limit of £10,000.