What’s Going on with the Hall?

The rear view of the Hall will be enhanced by the proposed extension.

Lydbrook Athletic Football Club, rent the ground floor of the Memorial Hall from us. We’ve applied for planning permission, as their landlord, on their behalf to build an extension to enable them to provide better facilities for disabled users. When this was first discussed by the committee, it quickly became clear that a two-storey extension would increase building costs only a little. The LAFC offered to provide the labour and obtain funds to cover all costs for the proposed changes. So, there’s no financial cost to the Memorial Hall charity.

We’re hoping to improve facilities for all users and to increase usage, and therefore income for the charity, by making the venue more attractive. The plan is generally to increase space, which can be used to modernise the kitchen, create a better facility for the Lydbrook Players and other performers to use during stage shows, install a small bar (the Hall carries a licence covering the entire premises, and this would help us attract adult parties, wedding receptions, and other similar events), and create some storage for the chairs when not in use. The plans submitted to the Council depict a reduced kitchen, but internal construction is immaterial for planning application purposes; we may do more or less as we wish inside the extension once the outer walls have been constructed. Clearly, regular users will be consulted on this issue once things get under way. Anyone with ideas regarding this, and anything else relating to the Hall or the Recreation Ground, is welcome to attend our regular monthly meetings. These are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 19:00. (Very occasionally, we miss a meet, but rarely more than once a year, usually during the summer months when people are on holiday).

The toilets in the Hall are out of date. In particular, the disabled facilities no longer reach modern standards. Thanks to a grant made available by the Parish Council, a company has been engaged to replace the old toilets and work is due to start in early June. There should be no impact on regular users during this change. Once the plumbing work has been completed, we’ll be looking for volunteers to redecorate the toilets to make them more attractive. If you can wield a paintbrush, wash walls, sweep a floor, fill holes, or any other such skill, please let us know. We’re always looking for volunteers to help improve the facilities for the village.

There’ll be more room for improved facilities both in the Football Club and the Hall itself.

It’s our hope that this piece will inform everyone in the village about our intentions, and our reasons for making changes. We’re aware that rumours circulate when there’s no information available, and we’re sorry we couldn’t provide this in full previously. Hopefully, everyone will see that we’re trying, with limited funds, a small committee, and few volunteers, to improve these amenities for the benefit of all who use them. Your comments, in the space provided below, are most welcome.

Thank you.

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