Hall Refurbishment 2012 -13

Villagers raise £10,580 towards Village Hall renovation



As you will no doubt have noticed, Salt Village Hall has had a ‘make-over’ and this is thanks to a project raised by the Village Hall Committee in April 2012 to replace the two remaining wooden walls of the former First World War army hut with brickwork. The wooden walls had rotted at the base and urgent action was needed to ensure the long term viability of the hall.An appeal went out to villagers to support a Buy-a- Brick scheme for the new walls and they responded magnificently by contributing £5,580 to the scheme, they also provided a further £5,000 in interest -free loans.  This is an amazing achievement for such a small community and it demonstrates the importance we place on the village hall as a centre for community activities. The balance of the £34,059 project cost came from grants and village hall funds.Staffordshire County Council awarded £14,505 from the Village Halls & Community Centres Grant Scheme. The scheme is administered by Cathy Russell at the Community Council of StaffordshireCouncillor Len Bloomer contributed £1,000 from his Local Community Fund allocation. The Staffordshire Local Community Fund is an initiative which supports communities directly through local county councillors. Each councillor has £10,000 a year to allocate to groups and organisations in their division to provide and improve locally important services and promote community pride.On 27th May the village hall committee held a short ceremony to thank the funders and to unveil a plaque officially recognising the generous support of the contributors to the Buy-a-Brick scheme.   The plaque was unveiled by Councillor Len Bloomer and he was accompanied by Cathy Russell from the Community Council of Staffordshire.
We are extremely grateful to all who contributed to the success of this project.

                           Village Hall Committee Chairman Robert Walls with Councillor Len Bloomer
                            and Cathy Russell at the plaque unveiling ceremony