Closure threat to village hall

A VILLAGE hall could be forced to close its doors for good if it does not find more support.

The management committee of Suckley Village Hall, near Malvern, say they would “dearly love” to update the hall and make it more comfortable and welcoming for local people.

But the hall, which has served Suckley for more than a century, is so “vastly under-used” that just keeping it open in its present form is becoming more and more difficult.

The six-strong committee has written to the community warning them that it could soon become “another village amenity to disappear forever” if nothing is done to improve the situation. The hall does not receive any external funding, relying on income generated by hiring fees and various fund-raising activities.

But management committee member Carol Boughton said: “Sadly, the hall is vastly under-used and, in the last year or so, several fund-raising events have had to be cancelled because of lack of support.”

A village survey carried out in Suckley rated the hall highly on residents’ list of ‘wants’ for their community.

Now the management committee is urging people to take action to ensure it remains viable.

“First, we need more ideas and expertise, which means we need new committee members to work with us,”

said Mrs Boughton.

“Second, we need support for our events so that we have a source of income, which can be put towards making the hall what we would all like to see it become.”

Anyone who has ideas for the hall or would like to support it can call Carol on 01886 884210 or can e-mail her on c.boughton@homecall.co.uk.

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10:38am Thu 20 Dec 12

Olley Owl Owd Betts Barn says...

It is very strange that something that has been serving the local community for 100 years plus, now finds that they may have to close due to lack of support (usage). We find this happening all over the UK. Mainly it is lack of funds. It seems that the locals are now disillusioning even those who have given time and effort over the years (The Committee) due to the lack of interest. It is a sad day for a community that cannot or will not support these events for fund raising. Why not start a lottery, say of £1.00 per share per week, which pays half the proceeds collected weekly out in cash prizes. In this way, the supporters can stay in the comfort of their own homes while other does the work.
It is very strange that something that has been serving the local community for 100 years plus, now finds that they may have to close due to lack of support (usage). We find this happening all over the UK. Mainly it is lack of funds. It seems that the locals are now disillusioning even those who have given time and effort over the years (The Committee) due to the lack of interest. It is a sad day for a community that cannot or will not support these events for fund raising. Why not start a lottery, say of £1.00 per share per week, which pays half the proceeds collected weekly out in cash prizes. In this way, the supporters can stay in the comfort of their own homes while other does the work. Olley Owl Owd Betts Barn
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