Bid to revamp village hall at halfway mark

Boulmer Memorial Hall
Boulmer Memorial Hall

A community fund-raising scheme to revamp a village’s memorial hall, which was in a dilapidated state and hardly used, is halfway to its total.

A public meeting in Boulmer last October gave birth to the project to renovate the hall, which was enthusiastically received by residents.

A survey was carried out and the work needed was estimated at £55,000. This will pay for the recladding, installation of warm insulation, an eco-friendly heating system and new furniture.

The fund-raising began in earnest at Christmas with a very succesful craft fair and now, the halfway mark has been reached more than £27,500 in the kitty.

Donations and grants have come from Longhoughton Parish Council (£500), Northumberland County Council (£5,500), Northumberland Coast AONB (£3,000), Big Lottery – Awards for All (£10,000), The Bernard Sunley Foundation (£2,000), Howick Heritage Group (£200), Boulmer Craft Club activities and sales (£1,035) and Coun Kate Cairns’ small schemes allowance (£2,000).

This has been added to £3,500 in Boulmer Memorial Hall’s reserves.

With more fund-raising in the village and more grant funding, it’s hoped that the exterior work can begin in August, with the aim of having the heating installed prior to the cold weather setting in.

The next event is a fund-raising and open day at the hall on Bank Holiday Monday, May 25, from 1.30pm to 4pm, with cream teas, home baking and crafts.