Ditchingham Village Hall on Loddon Road, replaces a hut erected in 1920 and stands on a part of the heath donated by the Carr Estate. In 1975 a committee of dedicated villagers proposed replacing the hut with a structure that would serve the needs of every section of the community. Grants of 50% from the Department of Education and Science and 25% from Norfolk County Council were available on condition that the village found the rest. By 1980, owing to inflation and more ambitious plans, Ditchingham’s original target had doubled to £15,000. In 1981, when the building was opened, the village had raised £18,000 from coffee mornings, fetes and donations including those from Ditchingham United Charities.
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DITCHINGHAM VILLAGE HALL
Building Project UPDATE!
An ambitious building project for Ditchingham Village Hall is now well underway. Read on for the story so far and to find out how you can support this new resource for the village….
Since it was built in 1981, Ditchingham Village Hall has provided a social centre for generations of residents. It offers something for everyone – from playgroups and a preschool to sport, classes and celebrations. A far cry from the empty, forlorn buildings that sit in some forgotten villages – our Hall is thriving to a point where demand is higher than capacity!
Whilst we are fortunate to be in Village where the Hall is so well and widely used, the Committee recognised some time ago that more capacity was needed in order to cater for the needs of our community. As such, an ambitious project to build an extension to the Hall was conceived. The plan was this: to provide a smaller space for celebrations, groups and our excellent local Preschool – allowing them to increase their offer to local families – and in the process to free up the Hall every day of the week in order to offer an even richer array of classes, groups and sports activities to local residents.
Tremendous progress has already been made – with £90,000 raised to complete the external build of a spacious new extension. As you may have seen (or heard – thank you to the many people who have shown great forbearance with noise and traffic) building is already underway and is nearing completion.
This means that the extension project must now move to ‘Phase 2’ – focusing on the internal ‘fitting out’ of the extension to make it perfect for the next generation of local children who will learn there.
Much work is already underway to secure the remaining amount needed – £80,000. Several large funding bodies, such as the National Lottery, have already expressed their interest in supporting us with this stage. However, every little helps and as such we are asking the people of Ditchingham to help us as we near the final furlong in this project.
We would like to raise £5000 from local residents – which will not only boost our funds, but will demonstrate to some of our potential funders the huge public support and commitment to this project.
If you would like to help, please visit our official Crowdfunding page on https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/newbuildforDitchingham and click on the ‘Donate’ button.
We are lucky to live in a community where people of all ages have a place to go and things to do. Please help by investing in the Hall’s future and securing learning and activities for generations of residents to come.
Our opening hours are Tuesday 9.15-3.15, Wednesdays 9.15-3.15, Thursday 9.15-12.15 and Fridays 9-12. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are a small, relaxed & happy friendly bunch of ladies. Why not give us a try, come & join us if you are feeling lonely. We meet once a month on the second Wednesday at 2.30 in the Ditchingham Village Hall why not come along to our meeting in October when we have Marco -cartoonist we would love to see you join us as a guest to see if you enjoy our meeting.
DITCHINGHAM UNITED CHARITIES
The Trustees have once again this year agreed to offer grants of £250 to students who are residents of the village and have been accepted by a university.
This is intended to help with the cost of books or specialist equipment needed for their course. They must be between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five.
Applications with proof of residency, age and acceptance at a university should be sent to: –
Mr V Cossey, clerk to the trustees, 46 Norwich Road, Ditchingham, NR35 2JL