Fund raising drive being held to save Fowlmere village hall
VILLAGERS are being urged to rally round their under-threat village hall and help raise �8,000 needed to keep it open. It had been feared that Fowlmere Village Hall would have to close due a substantial drop in income from groups using the hall. But the v
VILLAGERS are being urged to rally round their under-threat village hall and help raise �8,000 needed to keep it open.
It had been feared that Fowlmere Village Hall would have to close due a substantial drop in income from groups using the hall.
But the village hall committee is confident a programme of community events will help bridge the �8,000 funding gap.
Larmona Thomas, vice-chairman of the Fowlmere recreation ground and village hall management committee, said: "It's a common problem with community buildings in most of Cambridgeshire, and likely all over the country.
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"Day to day running costs, such as cleaning, grass cutting, insurance, heating and other utilities are a substantial drain on annual resources.
"The income from commercial users had dropped as a result of the recession and village residents tend to use the Hall in school term times only thus generating less than the potential income," she said.
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A village forum was held in February and resulted in a number of people volunteering to help with a fundraising drive.
More than �650 was raised at the first event, a jumble sale, and the group has organised a second hand book sale at the hall on Saturday 27 March, while a car boot sale is being held on Sunday 18 April. Pitches can be booked by calling Maureen on 01763 262398.
Several fund-raisers will also take place over the summer months. For more information see www.villagehall.fowlmere.com.