Copyright: Blean Village Hall 2010-2016

Everything you need to know about Blean Village Hall.


WHAT AND WHO IS RAISE THE ROOF?


The Raise the Roof project represents the identity and logo of a unique collaboration between our community based volunteer group (60+ people,) working equally alongside the hall management committee to improve the village hall and adjacent recreation ground.


Both held in trust on behalf of the community by the Blean Parish Council and the Blean Village Hall Management Committee in perpetuity, for all who wish to use these unique facilities.


Formed in March (2010) at an open meeting for interested parties from our community the group of all ages has grown in numbers, strength and commitment in a very short time.

Distinctive interest groups were formed:


1. Research and Development Group carry out research, feasibility studies informed from public opinion, consultation, and information. Collating the outcome into reports, with public feedback, meetings, and recommendations to BVHMC to meet resident’s and user group’s needs at the village hall.


2. Fund Raising Group – volunteers of all ages with skills, time and enthusiasm undertake the organisation and running of monthly or more community based social events to attract and include all age groups. This group also comprise a dedicated working party that devotes their professional, practical and technical skills to help maintain the hall’s internal and external fabric.


3. Resident’s offer both financial and physical support which has strengthened Blean’s community by the sheer joy of having fun and meeting up together.  The calendar of large and small regular social events offers a range of opportunities to socialise and meet up in the hall and/on the recreation ground throughout the year.


4.  Publicity Network via: village correspondent’s weekly column in the Kentish Gazette, dedicated and secure email supporters list for news and updates, this website, community and garden based poster boards, village information and public notice boards and above all, word of mouth – is the best means to communicate.


5. Transparency and openness in communicating plans, projects, progress, and the social events has been fundamental and key to the sustained interest and increased participation from our Raise the Roof community based volunteers and supporters.  They know what’s going on, we abide by the commitment made to consult and listen.

Please take a look at the 2014 Calendar of social events which are both inclusive to all and varied in appeal, include access to the Blean Heritage Museum and archive sited permanently in the hall.


The aim is to continue to improve the facilities considered necessary for our well used hall, the hirers, user groups, volunteers and organisations to make it sustainable for our 21st Century needs, Phase 1 extension and refurbishment project, was completed in 2013 which will lead to the Phase 2 project to build a large hall for greater recreational use, when funding from grants, and the community are available.


We do need to repay an overspend caused by unexpected and additional work needed to build Phase 1 project. This has been met, in the interim, by pledges generously loaned and made by BVHMC Trustees and non Trustees, to be repaid


      BY WORKING TOGETHER - WE CAN DO IT!


Interested in joining as a volunteer or want to know what’s actually going on in Blean – email: sturgeon.carol@googlemail.com


Phase 2

A further extension Phase 2 project will be built on the back of Phase 1, shown in red on the illustration as planning permission was granted in 2012.


It is intended to provide a linked and large open space from Phase 1 for multiple functions and uses, such as:

indoor sport facilities for badminton players of all ages and abilities,

more space to host league matches for the existing table tennis group,

enough space to hold large numbers for annual barn dances and major social events,

for concerts, for groups of musicians and choirs to practice,

for short mat bowls,

appropriate accommodation for large private parties, public receptions

for community based social events.


The cost of Phase 2 is estimated to be approximately £200,000 Inc VAT.  Fundraising and grant funding applications for this project will start when overspend and finishing costs from Phase 1 project have been met.  


The overall development of the hall has been phased in this way to make it more manageable and achievable.  It addresses the highest priority and needs of the Blean community; and will add to Phase‘s achievement of refurbishing and extending the village hall, by broadening its use, as a viable and affordable community centre with a range of services and opportunities available to all.


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If you would like to make a donation to the Village Hall, please send to:


Carol Sturgeon Chairman BVHMC

Huguenot Farm,

Denstroude Lane,

Blean,

Canterbury,

CT2 9JY


Charity Number: 302829 Blean Village Hall