Nether Wallop’s new village hall was opened on Saturday (7 January) after the former dilapidated hall was knocked down on the same site in The Square.
The new venue includes a large hall, fully equipped kitchen and two accessible toilets. Photovoltaic solar panels have also been installed to help keep heating and lighting costs to a minimum. The village hall has been designed to be sympathetic to the conservation area at the heart of the village.
The project was run by the Nether Wallop New Village Hall Trust. A number of local organisations contributed grants and funding for the new hall including:
- £60,000 from The Veolia Environmental Trust (Landfill Communities Fund)
- £28,000 from Hampshire County Council
- £25,000 from Test Valley Borough Council
- £15,000 from grant-making trust Garfield Weston Foundation
- £6,000 from grant-making trust The Rank Foundation
- £5,000 from grant-making charity Bernard Sunley Foundation
However the largest collective contribution of £127,000 came from villagers’ donations and local fund-raising events.
Tim Toyne-Sewell, Chairman of the Nether Wallop New Village Hall Trust, said: “This was very much a community effort and we’re grateful for the financial backing we’ve received from our local councils and supporting organisations. We’re delighted that the new modern hall is now open as the former hall was old and completely unsuitable to meet the needs of local residents. I would particularly like to thank villager Viv Blandford for managing the project, architect Robert Amor and builders AK Burden.”
Councillor Andrew Gibson, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside, said: “The new village hall is very impressive and is the perfect example of a small village hall which other villages might emulate. I’m pleased that as a County Council we’ve been able to support its construction through our Community Buildings Capital Fund. I’m sure Nether Wallop’s new village hall will play a vital role in local life, and that many people of all ages and walks of life will enjoy the activities and events on offer there.”
The Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Paul Taylor, added: “It is great to hear that this new community facility was opened on Saturday. It is the result of a lot of hard work from a group of dedicated individuals, supported by the whole community, and I hope it is used and enjoyed for many years to come."