£62,000 loan brings Finstock Village Hall revamp a step closer

Villagers at Finstock village hall

Villagers at Finstock village hall Buy this photo

First published in News
Last updated

A village hall is closer to being rebuilt after it was given a £62,000 council loan.

West Oxfordshire District Council has agreed to give the loan for the hall in Finstock, near Charlbury, on top of a £47,500 community facilities grant already pledged.

The project, led by Finstock Parish Council and village hall trustees, is expected to cost about £300,000.

It had already raised £175,000 before the loan from fundraising events and the parish council and is now awaiting the outcome of its final funding bids, including a £75,000 grant from landfill tax credit distributor Wren.

The new building would replace the current hall in Well Hill, built in 1929, which has shallow foundations, no insulation and is in poor condition.

The new hall, which was given planning permission in May, would include a large meeting room, smaller multi-purpose room, kitchen, toilet and storage facilities.

Trustees’ chairman Shaun Morley said volunteers have given more than 1,500 hours overall to help with fundraising events.

He added: “There has been overwhelming support from the village for this project.

“The community has really come together to meet the challenge of raising the funds.”

The parish council loan will be repaid over 15 years and work is set to start next summer.

Our top stories

Fashion Week: First male Face of Oxford a front-runner from start

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

IT was a case of right place and right time for this year’s Face of Oxford.

F1 team must be sold before staff can return

Oxford Mail: IN THE RUNNING: Richard Pardon’s photograph of Caterham F1 team engineers in Oxfordshire

7:30am Saturday 25th October 2014

STAFF at Caterham F1 have been told not to return to the team’s West Oxfordshire base until it is sold.

Royals and residents join to mourn a popular Duke

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

FAMILY, friends and schoolchildren paid their final respects to the 11th Duke of Marlborough at his funeral in Woodstock yesterday.

Bowl-ed over by green cup to drink tea in style

Oxford Mail:

6:40am Saturday 25th October 2014

IT may be Britain’s favourite beverage, but leave your mugs at home for this new exhibition showing how to drink tea in style.

Flooding victims told they won't be left out of pocket

Oxford Mail: Burst water main closes Lower Hall Lane in Chingford

6:30am Saturday 25th October 2014

FLOOD-HIT residents will not have to pay two sets of council tax after water bosses pledged to foot extra costs.

'Major hope' that Caterham factory in Leafield could re-open despite F1 team also going into administration

Oxford Mail:

1:34pm Friday 24th October 2014

ADMINISTRATORS have been handed full management responsibility for the Caterham Formula One team in a bid to find a new buyer.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree