Island hall funds plea

Holy Island
Holy Island

Funds are still required to ensure work on a new village hall for Holy Island can begin next year.

Hall trustees received £500,000 from the Big Lottery Fund in October which will go a long way towards the work.

However, trustee David O’Connor insists donations are still needed.

“The award of £500,000 from the Big Lottery Fund does not mean that fund-raising stops,” he wrote in the Island newsletter.

“The trustees still have money to raise to bring the project to ‘turn-key’ conclusion.”

They have been helped by generous donations, grants and pledges from local residents and other organisatons with island connections

Another 20 or so bids are in preparation or under consideration.

Mr O’Connor said: “As well as seeking significant awards from a number of charitable trusts, please do not forget that much of our early appeal success came from small donations and, for the moment, we need every penny to ensure the hall build is completed and available for use in 2014/15.”

As well as continuing to search for funding, he revealed there is a need to action the requirements of the Big Lottery Fund, such as setting up bank and payment systems and ensuring the final construction plans and specification are in place.

Two lengthy meetings between the project manager and Big Lottery Fund coordinator took place in Newcastle last month to ensure these procedures are watertight.

Holy Island has been without a hall since the old wooden structure closed in 2005. It was demolished in 2007 to pave the way for the new build.