Residents are celebrating the completion of a project to refurbish Hewish and Puxton Village Hall near Weston-super-Mare, which was made possible thanks, in part, to a grant of £50,000 from Enovert Community Trust.
The considerable refurbishment effort has involved the installation of cladding and insulation to the hall’s interior walls, new toilets and kitchen facilities, and the redecoration of the main hall. A drop-in café and meeting room have also been created to host mother and toddler sessions, and to provide a venue for parishioners to meet their parish councillors.
Lynda Redding, Chair of the Village Hall management company, said: “The villages of Hewish and Puxton have lost so many valued community amenities over recent years, including two churches, a post office, shop and a garage. The Village Hall now provides a vital facility and focal point for village life and events, and we’ve heard from many local residents that the revitalisation of the Hall has been a real boost for morale locally.
“New users have been flocking to use our facilities since we re-opened, including a toddler group, the Scouts, a ballroom dancing class and a tap dancing team. We regularly host a wide range of community and private events and we’re hoping to add further groups over coming months if restrictions are lifted.”
Hewish and Puxton Village Hall Ltd, which maintains the premises, purchased the site in July 2018 to protect the site from development and to maintain the hall for the benefit of local residents. A previous project to replace the leaking asbestos roof was completed in September 2019.
Enovert Community Trust provided the granst through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF), an innovative tax credit scheme that enables Landfill Operators to contribute money to a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites.
Angela Haymonds, Trust Secretary of Enovert Community Trust said: "The Trustees were delighted to support this project, which will ensure that the Village Hall can continue to serve the people of Hewish, Puxton and the surrounding areas.”