Community Buildings case study: Holmbury St Mary Village Hall

Villagers in Holmbury St Mary are delighted with their newly refurbished village hall which was in dire need of a new kitchen and redecoration.

To restore this popular meeting place and hub of this small, rural Surrey village, the village hall committee worked hard to raise funds to help pay for the building works but the amount raised fell short of the total required.

That’s where the Community Buildings Grant Scheme, which is administered by Surrey Community Action on behalf of Surrey County Council, was able to help.

In addition to the funds raised by the village hall committee, the trustees received £22,482 from Surrey County Council which was match funded by Guildford Borough Council.

With a total pot of £75,000 the trustees were able to refurbish the building as well as install two new cookers, fridge, freezer and kitchen work surfaces. The hall has been redecorated too, so the groups such as the W.I., the Scouts, cycling clubs and Brownies who use the hall every month have a brand new space to meet.

“We worked hard to raise funds but we couldn’t raise enough to carry out all of the works required. The Community Hall Grant Scheme added a considerable amount to our fund and we were able to carry out all of the works required to ensure it serves the community for years to come.”

Jude Palmer, Chairperson of Holmbury St Mary Village Hall

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