Posted on 30 November 2017 - The new hire charges table can be found under the K&K Village Hall Bookings tab above.

On 09 December 2017 there will be a "Soft" Opening of Village Hall for everyone from Kentford, Kennett, Farrier's Grange and Lambert Grove to come and view the new facility between 2 - 5 pm.  Tea and biscuits will be available.

Village Hall

 

Timeline of Events to building New Kentford and Kennett Village Hall

28 October 2013 – With the offer of Section 106 funding from a local development project in Farrier’s Grange, a new Village Hall Project Team was set up which consisted of the Kentford and Kennett Village Hall and MacLaren Playing Fields Association and both Parish Councils from Kentford and Kennett.  It was very comprehensively supported by FHDC and ECDC to facilitate the process of reaching a difficult decision on a Community Facility which straddled two Counties. 

1 February 2014 – Community Event held to establish the needs of the villagers and the potential requirements of a Village Hall to meet those needs.  There was a good turnout for the event (50+) from both villages. The key aspects that emerged from that event was that there was enthusiasm for the project and that any building should:

  1. Reflect the close ties between the villages over the years and that this should be continued.
  2. Be a sustainable development and facility well used by the residents of the two villages, and used throughout the year.
  3. Build links (e.g. have a garden for food/community lunches)
  4. Be owned by the residents of the two villages ("our village hall ") that is woven into the villages' lives.
  5. Be able to hold functions of up to 100 people.
  6. Be energy efficient and low maintenance.
  7. Have ample parking.
  8. Have good disabled access.
  9. Have a small meeting room/office.
  10. Have a kitchen/bar hatch.
  11. Have good storage

17 September 2014 – Following a Feasibility Study conducted by an independent Surveyor, the Village Hall Project Team decided to extend the existing pavilion within the S106 budget subject to consultation at the next community event.  They agreed to provide a village hall which would meet the views of residents at the 1st Feb 14 community lunch and be capable of generating a sustainable business case.    In addition, the two Parish Councils agreed to put 5% of their precepts to support the facilities.

 

3 October 2014 – Community event held and stressed there was a need for the communities to own the project and for volunteers to offer assistance to build and run it.  The following specific proposal was then put to the community and unanimously agreed:  “That the S106 money be used towards upgrading the Pavilion on the playing fields to meet the needs that the community had expressed on the 1st Feb 14 (this excluded a badminton size hall because an estimate for that sort of facility significantly exceeded the funding available).”

 

1 July 2015 – Appointed KJ Architects Ltd to design the new Village Hall.

 

16 February 2016 – Planning Permission received to build the new Kentford and Kennett Village Hall beside the existing Pavilion.

It is expected to start building the new facility late 2016/early 2017 and it should not take longer than 5 – 6 months to construct.

 

17 March 2017 - Application for Tender to build the New Village Hall  received.  

 

30 March 2017 - The Contractor selected to build the new Kentford and Kennett Village Hall is Godfrey and Hicks of Snailwell.  They had also built the Moulton Village Hall.

 

24 April 2017 - Approximate start date.

 

30 November 2017 - Confirmed date for new Village Hall to be completed.

 

09 December 2017 - "Soft" Opening of Village Hall for everyone from Kentford, Kennett, Farrier's Grange and Lambert Grove to come and view 2 - 5 pm.  Tea and biscuits available.

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