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Community Grant helps modernise West Coker Memorial Hall

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West Coker’s Memorial Hall has been given a modern renovation after being awarded £5,964 in Community Grant funding from SSDC’s Area South Committee in June 2020, with works now completed.

The Community Grant awarded to West Coker Commemoration Fund (WCCF), who operate the popular village hall, was provided to contribute towards costs for new double glazed windows, masonry works and new flooring.

West Coker Community Hall following extensive work after a community grant from SSDC

The Memorial Hall building and facilities needed to be urgently upgraded and bought up to modern standards, particularly for disabled access and environmental efficiency. West Coker Parish Council was also supportive of the project and awarded £5,000 towards the project with the remaining costs needed to complete the works coming from the WCCF’s own funds and fundraising.

Improvement works at the village hall have now been completed and the facility is set to welcome new and old users once again to take advantage of the new improvements.

Councillor Peter Gubbins, Chairman for Area South Committee at South Somerset District Council, said: “We were delighted to be able to provide a Community Grant for the works at West Coker’s Memorial Hall and help to bring the facility up to modern standards so they can cater to a wider audience.

“Community Grants are there to help make a real difference for the wider community and this particular project is a great example of what can be achieved with funding through the Grants process.”

David Neal, Trustee of West Coker Commemoration Fund, said: “We are very pleased with the result of the refurbishment project and it has made a significant difference to the bookings already! It couldn’t have been done without the grant we received from South Somerset District Council, so we would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone involved in making this happen.”

You can view the application from West Coker Commemoration Fund to Area South Committee for the Community Grant online.

Our Community Grants programme support community, voluntary and charitable organisation, along with not-for-profit groups that have a signed set of group rules, Parish or Town Council and other organisations including churches and schools.

You can find out more about our Community Grants programme on our website.

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