Posted on 1 Feb 19 - The new Village Hall is open for business. Location Map, Hire charges and the Hire Agreement can be found under the K&K Village Hall Bookings tab above.
Interested in learning Ballroom/Latin Dance in the Village Hall on Tuesday and Thursday Evenings. Next beginners session starts on 5 Feb 19. See http://www.barrowdancestudio.co.uk/latin-american-dancing-hertfordshire-suffolk/ . Fill in contact sheet or ring Suzanne on 01638 751518
New Village Hall Historical Background
Timeline of Events involved in 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 be able to hold functions of up to 100 people and be a sustainable development.
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 - Start date. Some photographs are included at various stages of the build below.
30 November 2017 - Village Hall completed and handed over.
09 December 2017 - "Soft" Opening of Village Hall
2 June 2018 - Formal Opening of Village Hall