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Clayhidon Hall fundraising

£37,000 raised in seven months to fund hall improvements

Since the end of January Clayhidon Parish Hall Committee has raised nearly £37,000 through grants, donations and fundraising events. It needs to find another £63,000 to fund an extension housing new toilets, a parish archive and an artists’ dressing room/small meeting room and the conversion of the existing toilets to a furniture storeroom

After 125 years serving the Blackdowns, as a school, community centre and


New car park and hedge (thanks to Parish Council and Russell and Caroline Bendle)

Funds raised and work started  on new roof  (thanks to Viridor Credits, Richard Drew , Alex Hill and others)

Designs for extension prepared and approved by planners

New cookers and glass washer installed (thanks to anonymous donor)

Nearly £37,000 raised in seven months from the end of  January to September2018

2018—Replace roof  and Increase electricity supply .

2019-20—New toilets, dressing/meeting room and parish archive

Convert old toilets into
furniture store

Replace stage

Improve heating and lights

Around £63,000 still needed More fund raising events and applications for grants are planned.


entertainment venue, Clayhidon Parish Hall urgently needs improvement.

The whole building suffers from condensation and is hard to heat. The  toilets are cold and damp. Rain drips in between the slates and heat leaks through the poorly insulated roof.

Tables and chairs have to be stored on the stage and carried down before every event, then lifted back again afterwards. The stage has woodworm and is poorly lit. Visiting performers have to change in a garden shed.  The kitchen equipment needs modernising.

The hall committee plans to build an extension behind the stage to house new toilets, a warm room where performers can change or people can hold meetings, plus an upstairs room to house the parish archives.

The old toilets will be converted into a furniture store.  The roof will be replaced. We will  increase the hall’s supply of electricity.

All this will cost in the region of £100,000. It sounds a daunting prospect for a parish  where barely 300 people live, but we are already about a third of the way there, thanks to grants and gifts.

We hope much

of the rest will come from grants, but these will not be enough to cover everything. That’s why we are launching this appeal and asking you to contribute to saving this historic little building.