More than £170,000 to help Hampshire community buildings and cultural projects

Clubs for the elderly, training courses for volunteers, arts festivals and village halls are amongst the recipients who will benefit from more than £170,000 in grant funding from Hampshire County Council

Mar 5 2018


Grants have been awarded today (5 March) by the County Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside, Councillor Andrew Gibson, from the Community Buildings Capital Fund (£121,860), Culture and Community Activity grants (£29,885) and Petersfield Museum (£25,000).

Councillor Gibson said: “These groups provide opportunities for people to participate in, and enjoy, a range of community focussed, cultural and recreational activities, as well ensuring that those who may be at risk of social isolation are integrated into inclusive events at the heart of their communities. Our investment supports the wider economic, cultural and social wellbeing of all Hampshire residents, through the work delivered by village halls and community associations.

“The County Council’s contributions also enable important improvements to be made to community buildings, equipment and facilities, which helps to ensure that the activities can take place in modern, fit for purpose and financially efficient buildings.”

The projects to receive support from the Buildings Capital Fund are:

Basingstoke and Deane

Cliddesden Village Hall - £7,000 to build a new annexe to provide additional storage for items in use by groups.

Kingsclere Community Association - £25,000 to carry out interior work including replacing doors, windows and shutters along with improving the building’s plumbing and heating.

Norden Community Association - £9,620 to carry out improvements to the Oakridge Hall for All, including redecoration and new flooring, curtains and furniture.

East Hampshire

Liss Community Association - £30,000 to carry out renovation of the existing roof, repairs to the guttering and essential damp proofing.

New Forest

Sway Village Hall - £22,420 to help fund a new room and lobby along with improvements to the kitchen and toilet, storage space, disabled access and the creation of a community cinema.

Test Valley

King Edward’s Hall, West Tytherley, near Mottisfont - £6,350 to replace the current oil filled boiler with a more modern, efficient device so it can continue being used for facilities for a youth café, Brownies, adult fitness activities and groups such as the Women’s Institute.


The Christy Memorial Hall, Old Alresford - £11,470 to improve pedestrian access to the hall by replacing existing cracked paving, with wider, more accessible sloped paths and steps.

West Meon Village Hall - £10,000 to refurbish the kitchen and to install new electrics to the building so that it can continue to host a range of cultural, sporting and community activities for adults and children.

Total: £121,860

The 13 projects to receive Culture and Community Activity grants are:


Maritime Archaeology Trust – £1,000 to enable its Maritime Bus to attend five large scale events as a mobile outreach facility during 2018.

Rude Mechanical Theatre Company –£1,000 towards a tour of their latest production to include seven Hampshire villages (Ropley, Conford, Hook, Hambledon, Selborne, Droxford and Sheet).

The Conservation Volunteers – £1,900 to support the delivery of 35 community based conservation sessions focussed on improving local green spaces as well as reducing social isolation.

East Hampshire

Alton Community Association - £3,000 to support a club for older people to run for a year, increasing to two days a week. The club will provide transport, a hot meal, refreshments, activities and trips.


Eastleigh Borough & Romsey MENCAP – £3,000 for carnival costume design and delivering workshops for adults with learning disabilities and helping them learn new skills. Staff will be trained along with those from other community groups so that they can lead future events.


Gosport Voluntary Action – £1,000 for two eight-week courses for local residents who would like to volunteer or get back to work but have been prevented from doing so by poor mental health, addiction, offending or other life challenges.

Motiv8 – £3,000 to enable Gosport Community Safety Partnership to deliver activity sessions for young people during the summer holidays.

Oarsome Chance Foundation – £3,000 to support free rowing and boat maintenance sessions targeted at disadvantaged young people aged 10-25 from coastal communities.

New Forest

Youth and Families Matter – £1,500 to support weekly community breakfast and coffee morning sessions for vulnerable families and socially isolated community members.

Test Valley

Unity (formerly Test Valley Community Services) - £2,985 for a free, one day festival to promote dementia friendly communities, awareness and support. The festival will include music performances and workshops, arts and crafts, gardening, information stalls to support for people with dementia and their carers.


Winchester Chamber Music Festival – £2,500 to support a four day festival in May 2018 in celebration of its 10th anniversary. Local musicians will be able to engage with professionals.

Winchester Festival – £3,000 to support a multi-arts festival across various Winchester venues in July 2018 including concerts, talks and events.

Winchester Poetry Festival - £3,000 to support a three-day festival which will feature poets and translators giving readings and talks, plus a new poetry commission, lecture, workshops and discussion-based events.

Total: £29,885

Petersfield Museum also received £25,000 towards transforming its buildings – involving the preservation of heritage buildings whilst creating new exhibition spaces. The £2.56m project will enable the museum to enhance its hireable spaces, including a 50-seater lecture theatre, and offer more volunteering opportunities.

Read the Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Countryside Decision Day papers in full.