Architecture, sports and leisure firm, LK2, has secured £793,362 in funding – one of the largest grants ever given by the Big Lottery Fund, to help develop a new village hall for Lincolnshire’s Toft Newton.
A further £100,000 secured through West Lindsey District Council and Lincolnshire County Council.
Thanks to the substantial grant, LK2 have and will continue to provide a full service to Toft Newton Village Hall Association including: business planning, funding applications and architectural services.
Andrew Kitchen director at LK2 said:
“The new village hall will help to create a stronger sense of community well-being and provide improved access to existing and new activities. We are extremely pleased to have helped the community to secure this funding, which will have a positive impact to the area and its residents.
“The association will now be able to provide services and events organised by the local community, in a much-needed built for purpose space. The development will also help older people to access the hall to take part in activities, which can only benefit the village in the long-term. Local sports teams, as well as social groups will be able to use the building all year round.”
Toft Newton Village Hall Association vice chairman Robert Nelson said:
“The new building represents a whole new era for our community. We have no local ‘hub’ to provide services and events from and having the new village hall will transform lives of the local community.
“The new building will provide a venue for several services and community events to run from. These can include local shops, outreach services from the local authority to coffee mornings and community events such as birthdays and christenings.
“The chance to change the lives of local people and leaving a legacy for generations to come is a very exciting prospect and we are so thankful.
“I guess it doesn’t touch the sides to say we are really appreciative for this opportunity. It has been an enormous amount of work for our group and will be to ensure the project is a success.”
The £900,000 development in conjunction with the Big Lottery Fund, West Lindsey District Council and Lincoln County Council is set to be completed in the summer of 2016. The project aims to bring the community together and create a state-of-the-art village hall.
West Lindsey District Council leader Cllr Jeff Summers said:
“The council’s Localism Team was set up to help groups like this help themselves. Together with Community Lincs, we have advised on funding, planning applications and consultations.
“Although we have pledged £85,000 funding to support them, these people have had to work extremely hard to prove to the lottery the need for money to build this hall.
“It has not been a quick process but the group did not waiver. This achievement shows what the power of people working together to help themselves can do. They are the real heroes.”
The existing temporary building was erected more than 25-years ago, but has minimal facilities. The new build will include important fit for purpose kitchen facilities, two sports changing rooms, two function rooms and a bar.