Sandhurst Village Hall is a much loved and used resource in a village that has lost many of its other amenities over time - there used to be a shop, pub and school in the village but sadly no more.
The hall hosts an enormous number of local groups and organisations and each one has differing lighting needs. Every week the following groups meet at the hall, Table Tennis Club, Recreational and League games, Women's Institute, Flower Arranging Club, Upholstery Club, Scottish Dancing, Young Farmers, Parish Council as well as Monday coffee morning for local residents, and rain or shine the Theatre group use the hall to rehearse and perform two shows in the hall each year.
They have recently moved into the 21st century and installed broadband in the hall! (Fibre has just made it to the village). This has encouraged bookings from organisations looking for good value training facilities, so the hall is getting some useful daytime use as well as evening.
However, the current ceiling is very old and many of the tiles are cracked. The main lighting is old style panel lights but in addition spot lights that were added about 15 years ago and these are too heavy for the tiles and are falling out.
Sandhurst Village Hall Committee applied to Aviva Community Fund 2017, so they could carry out the much needed update of the ceiling and lights. The Mortgage Brain were more than happy to sponsor the entry, as Philippa Dancey, Chair of Sandhurst Village Hall Committee is the mother of one of our mortgage admin team Jake, and a personal friend of Enzo Mora, Director.
Unfortunately, they were unsuccessful in their Aviva bid, but the GOOD NEWS is they were awarded Big Lottery funding and with their own fund-raising activities as a village hall committee the ceiling and lighting project will still be going ahead in June 2018.