Rural community facilities across Hampshire can look forward to new heating systems, better parking and new roofs thanks to Hampshire County Council.
“Village Halls are the life blood of most communities, but particularly rural communities across Hampshire,” said Councillor Andrew Gibson, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Recreation, as he awarded £55,855 in grants to eight village halls across the county.
The money from the Community Buildings Capital Fund enables improvements to be made to buildings and can assist in the development of new facilities. Village halls and community buildings are used daily for a range of community activities including play groups, exercise classes, and lunch clubs for older people.
Cllr Gibson issued grants to village halls in East Hampshire, Test Valley, Winchester and the New Forest at his decision day on 14 September.
He said: “The provision of these buildings is vital to keep local communities strong and provide organisations and the voluntary sector access to the services and facilities they need.”
The partnership funding enables the voluntary and community sector to maintain the quality of Hampshire’s cultural assets, namely their village halls and community associations, some of which are Listed Buildings.