Due to storm damage in the winter of 2011 and the subsequent water ingress damage the Village Hall had to close for bookings, taking the heart away from this rural community, until the 40 year old pitched felt roof had been replaced. Insurance only covered the patching of the damaged parts of the roof, so the committee took the decision to raise the required funds to replace the entire roof covering, improve the insulation to make the facility much more cost effective to heat, and completely redecorate the inside which includes a new floor. Thus making the Hall a much more attractive facility for the community to use.
Ian Fox, Project Lead said ‘The village hall brings together a wide-range of groups from Bootle community and the surrounding areas. When the Hall had to close it was a real blow but we took the opportunity to source and secure funding so we could make a real difference to the facility. It’s taken us longer than anticipated as the typical British weather was an issue but it’s been worth waiting for as the Hall is looking fantastic”.
“We have had DIY days when the community has come together to help with decorating, cleaning up and has really made a difference to moving the project along. The Hall will be a great asset to this community and it now has a good long-term future. It is hoped it will enhance provision for the young people to give them opportunities to socialise and interact without having to leave the village. After all the work the committee are really looking forward to a celebration opening event.
Other funding was secured from: Garfield Weston Foundation, NMP Cumbria Community Foundation, Cumberland Building Society Charitable Trust, Sellafield Contractors Charity, Cumbria County Council Local Members Grant Scheme, local businesses and own fundraising.