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On Saturday (May 12th) the village of Chearsley welcomed Councillor Sue Renshell, Chair of Aylesbury Vale District Council to open their new, state of the art community building.
The project has cost nearly £600,000 and received a large grant from AVDC’s New Homes Bonus Fund in addition to grants from seven other bursaries and foundations. Taking over four years to come to fruition, Chearsley Village Hall is now an attractive, flexible space for the entire community that can accommodate two activities concurrently, is suitable for large event hire and uses sustainable energy sources to heat and light the building.
Chair of Chearsley Village Hall, Antonia Stratford comments: 'Providing a new public space for the community has been hugely challenging but it is fantastic after so many years of planning and fundraising to see villagers start using the space straightaway for a variety of activities that have never taken place before. We are very grateful to all our funders and are confident that this building will meet our key objectives of bringing all sections of the community together and providing support and new activities particularly for our senior residents.' Chair of AVDC, Cllr Sue Renshell comments: 'Village halls are a vital part of community life and help towards encouraging volunteering, providing a hub for residents and preventing rural isolation. AVDC is proud to support this project and would like to congratulate all those who have been involved.'
Funding was secured from Rectory Homes, The Heybrook Family, The New Homes Bonus Fund, The Rothschild Foundation, Bernard Sunley Foundation, Aylesbury Vale Community Chest, Luton and Bedfordshire Community Foundation and The Garfield Weston Foundation.
Click here for more information about the hall and the re-build project.
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