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MP BACKS OUR FUNDRAISING EFFORT FOR THE NEW VILLAGE HALL

South East Cambridgeshire MP Sir Jim Paice accepted our invitation to visit the Wilbrahams’ Memorial Hall, which is described by South Cambridgeshire District Council as one of the poorest facilities in the area.

The Trustees welcomed Sir Jim Paice, his successor as the Conservative candidate for the 2015 General Election, Lucy Frazer QC and South Cambridgeshire District Councillor Robert Turner.

The visitors toured our dilapidated single storey Hall and were shown the plans for a new building, housing a large  new Hall, Meeting Room, Servery and accessible toilets, sensitively designed to nestle within the centre of the village Conservation Area surrounded by listed buildings.  They were also shown pictures of some of the many village events and celebrations that have centred on the Hall and recreation ground in the last few years.

The Trustees have been budgeting and conserving funds for several years and have £100,000 of the Trust’s funds to put towards the project, which is estimated to cost just over £400,000. We are now launching a major fund raising effort in support of the new Hall building project. Parish Councils of both Great and Little Wilbraham, have pledged their financial support to the scheme.

Chairman of the Trustees, Charles Raikes, said,  “In this 100th anniversary year of the beginning of the First World War, it is fitting that we should be redeveloping the Hall established as a memorial to local men who served in that war. The old Hall has served the community very well for a long time, but it has now deteriorated badly and is well past its original design life.   The Hall is home to 17 local groups plus a Sports club and a Social Club, making it the hub of our thriving communities. Accessibility is difficult for some users and kitchen and toilet facilities are below modern standards. Running costs are escalating due to the deterioration of the fabric of the building and lack of insulation. With public transport to our villages reducing, the social need for an up to date Hall becomes ever more urgent particularly as some residents do not have the opportunity to attend functions elsewhere”.

Residents supported the recent Model Train Running Day, organised by Roger Burton, raising £272 for the Hall Redevelopment Fund.

The Trustees are now initiating a fundraising programme to seek donations from residents and local businesses, as well as undertaking Regional and National grant applications.  We also hope to sign up more supporters to easyfundraising.org.uk to help boost our online fundraising efforts.   Wilbrahams’ Memorial Hall has 42 supporters so far, who have raised an astonishing £1226 just by shopping online.  Please do join us!

Donations can be made towards the Wilbrahams’ Memorial Hall Redevelopment Project by contacting Richard Morley, Treasurer, by email to rjm28@cam.ac.uk or telephone 01223 880723.  The Trustees are in the process of creating a donation page at BT Mydonate, which will be available shortly.SAM_1030