From the Chairman of the Trust
This morning I announced to those gathered in the Hall for the monthly BB&C event a significant development concerning the future of the Hall and Bickington’s social life.
When on the point of applying 18 months ago to the Big Lottery for funds to renovate the Hall we were advised to follow a new process which is needed if the door to the funding we seek is ever to be opened. We therefore applied late in 2015 for a more limited grant for a feasibility study, and I’m pleased to say that the Trust has just been granted £7300 by a branch of the Big Lottery to allow this to take place. The money, to be spent within twelve months, will culminate in a feasibility report setting out the social wishes of Bickington and how they can be achieved through repair and redevelopment of the Hall.
What does this mean for you? Funding the future of the Hall will only take place if it is to be repaired and developed in the way that you, its users, will want. A survey by questionnaire of all members of the community will therefore take place by the end of September, and this will form the heart of the final report. We want you to take part in this in two ways. First by giving us your candid view through the questionnaire of what you feel about the Hall, and what you want from it in future. But second, and just as important, your support in the survey process - distributing and collecting survey forms, and perhaps assisting in an ‘Open Day’ in the Hall, probably in September - given that the Trustees and Management Team are few in number, that they work on your behalf with no thought for themselves, and that they are all busy in their own lives, perhaps just as busy as are you.
So please give us your support. Contact any one of the Trustees or members of the Management Team (John Cox, Catherine Strigner, Emma Fitzgerald, Gwilym Evans, Doug Johns, Ian Bailey and Ruth Christophers - or myself!) if you would like to lend a hand to this very important piece of work.
Robin Colby : 27 February 2016
posted by Chairman of Bickington Village Trust on 27-Feb