A drive to raise the final £250,000 needed to rebuild Holy Island’s village hall is making slow progress.
The project was awarded £500,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund last November but trusteesare still some way short of their final target.
Chairman Clive Massey, in his annual report, said: “Since then trustees have worked hard seeking top-up funding and we are slowly making inroads into that shortfall. Every penny counts and brings us closer to opening the doors of the new hall.”
He added: “Following an exercise to reduce build costs, all of the tender technical documentation is now ready to go but on hold. When the trustees have secured the additional funding required we are ready to go.”
Mr Massey explained the archaeological hurdles which had to be overcome before planning permission was secured.
“The problems caused by the presence of archaeology known to exist below the site significantly impacted on the re-building project in time and additional unexpected costs,” he revealed. “The artefacts and remains that lie just a metre or so below the surface are now protected.
“Much of the extra cost was caused by our building professionals having to meet and negotiating with the County Archaeologist. This agreement required that the foundation slab should rest on piles and no excavation was permitted below 500mm and an archaeologist must be onsite whenever ground was broken.”
One fundraising success was the early summer barbecue, a chilly, but enjoyable evening. Thanks also go to Lady Rose who produces vast quantities of homemade Marmalade to be sold in aid of the appeal and her other generous support and encouragement.
Andy Howie, The Hawk Owl man, made a substantial donation to the fund and the books, boxes and quiz continue to do well. A special thanks to the gentleman who won the quiz, on two successive occasions and donated the prizes to the fund.