Wye with Hinxhill Parish Council

Working for Wye - past, present and future

Clerk: Debbie Baines
Parish Council Office, Unit 2B
Briar Close, Bramble Lane
Wye, Ashford, Kent TN25 5HB

Tel: 01233 812459

£800K, 4 year's work, 1 very smart Village Hall

£800K, 4 year's work, 1 very smart Village Hall

Parishioners and representatives of many of Wye's 60+ clubs and societies flocked to the newly re-opened Village Hall on 17 November to inspect the upgraded facilities, including an extra meeting room, broad terraces and landscaped gardens. The clubs already using the Hall set out their stalls to seek new members. These clubs cater for the physical – for example Pilates, short mat bowls, table-tennis – for improving the mind – bridge, whist, meditation – and for the enthusiast – Gardeners, Women's Institute, Art Club.

The project cost £800,000 and has taken four years. The main improvements have been replacing the 1937 roof, creating new storage areas, improving safety in the carpark, and adding sound insulation, a PA system, and Wi-Fi.

The hall was opened by our patrons Jane Loudon, local magician Etienne Pradier, and our MP Damian Green. Villagers arrived to find the first meeting already under way in the new meeting room – the Teddy Bear Club Committee).

Mary Barratt says "The move back to Wye of the table tennis club has brought in lots more members, including a brand new youth section".

According to Trudi Field, Group Scout Leader, 2nd Wye Scout Group "Part of the reason that we've been able to grow the group to accommodate all ages from 6 through to 18 is being able to locate all sections in the hall with the flexible facilities that it offers. The recent acoustic work in particular will greatly benefit the more reflective parts of the programme that we deliver and make the environment even more inclusive – a key value of the Hall committee and the Scouting Movement. "

"The improvements for the elderly and disabled will be much appreciated by the Our Place movement, which works to counter isolation amongst the elderly", says Penny Haynes.

Jo Rall, the acting Management Committee Chair says "We still have plans for further improvement, but we are thrilled at being able to provide this great new asset for the village."

The project received generous help from many sources, including Wye with Hinxhill Parish Council, Ashford Borough Council, Kent County Council, Frank and Evelyn Brake, The Big Lottery Fund, the European Agricultural Development Fund, BIFFA Award, The Garfield Weston foundation, and the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, and donations from many other private individuals.

The Wye Neighbourhood Plan Household Survey established the strength of public support for the Village Hall improvement project. The results showed that 90% of respondents either strongly agreed or agreed with the development of space for youth activities such as scouts in Wye Village Hall, and 77% either strongly agreed or agreed with the development of a large hall suitable for a wider range of activities. As 76% of all households in the parish took part in the survey in 2012 the high level of response gave the project impetus and credibility. This evidence of public support also enabled the project team to attract external funding.

Posted: Thu, 22 Nov 2018 13:00 by Parish Admin

Tags: Wye Centre Project, Open Day, Wye Neighbourhood Plan, Physical Infrastructure, Community infrastructure, Health and Wellbeing, Our Place Wye, 2nd Wye Scout Group