Congresbury resident Marion Johnson is backing the village hall pledge request and wonders why other residents are not doing the same. If the village hall is to become a reality then villagers have until 31st July to pledge to support the build. Read her letter to the North Somerset Times here:
The project team is looking to raise up to £400,000 as the scheme enters its critical fund-raising stage. At this stage, we need the community and sports club members to make a ‘pledge’ - a non-binding promise that at a later date they will invest in Community Shares or donate through a ‘buy a brick’ scheme. "The target is to raise an optimum of £400,000 with an absolute minimum of £250,000", explained Ian Sheppard on behalf of the project team. “At this time we are asking for pledges so that we can show potential funders that we as a community [...]
There will be a volunteers meeting on Wednesday 23 May from 7.30pm at the St Andrews Room in the Old School Rooms. The project is entering a critical phase in raising the money to build the new hall. We have set a target of raising an optimum of £400,000 from a community share issue, likely to be end of 2018. In the interim we will be asking the community to pledge money, basically a promise to either invest in the shares or donate to a ‘buy a brick’ scheme. It will be crucial to receive pledges of at least £250,000 [...]
The community café project may soon become a reality as members of the village hall development committee are now working with Debbie Fortune estate agents to set up the cafe in a room and the courtyard at the back of their new offices in Congresbury. Watch this space! The cafe project will be one of the three projects to receive a grant under the Tesco Bags of Help scheme. Don't forget to ask for the blue tokens and vote during May and June at Tesco Express or the Clevedon store.
The wine tasting and quiz night on 14th April was a new event for the fundraising team and proved a great night out for everyone who attended. With a selection of sparkling, white and red wine to taste, delicious cheese plates and a flow of boozy quiz questions and games throughout the night, the event was a massive success raising over £600 for the new village hall.
On 23rd March Weston MP John Penrose and members of the Congresbury New Village Hall Development Trust were presented with a cheque from Debbie Fortune for £4,240.50. This represents the results of their pledge to donate 10% of their income from sales and lettings in the village during 2017 to the project. They have pledged to do the same again in 2018. This has been a fantastic boost to the fundraising efforts to date which now stands at £76,888.
About 70 people attended the Horse Racing Evening at the Old School Rooms on Saturday 24th February and raised the magnificent sum of £1131. A team of volunteers ran the bar, provided hot dogs, sold the raffle tickets and provided a really vibrant event. Ron Hall, Fundraising Manager, thanked everyone for their "effort and support in planning and delivering another great night both for the attendees and our fund raising efforts".
Plans for a new village hall and community centre in Congresbury will enter a critical phase in the next few months. So far more than £71,000 has been raised towards the project with £8,200 raised last year. In the next couple of months, the project volunteers will issue an invitation to pledge money towards the build cost. “We have set a target of the community investing £400,000 in the building; the absolute minimum that must be raised will be £250,000,” said Ian Sheppard on behalf of the project team. Once the required amount in pledges has been received main grant applications [...]
The quiz night at the Old School Rooms on 18th November saw 19 teams enjoy a fantastic night of fiendish questions with a Ploughmans supper, bar and raffle. Ron Hall, who set the questions and compered the quiz said, 'Thanks to everyone who helped make the event the success that it was. 98 people enjoyed the quiz and we raised over £1,000.'
Village Barn Dance helps raise the roof! The Barn Dance held at the Old School Rooms on 14th October raised over £900. This sold out event was a great success with everyone up on their feet and dancing to the band. With a hot dog supper, bar and fantastic raffle prizes to be won this was a night definitely to be repeated but hopefully at a larger venue next time (just what we need the new village hall for!).