Village Halls: the heart of our communities

The community centres and village halls in our villages of Eaton and Rushton, Utkinton and Cotebrook, Little Budworth and Tarporley really are the hearts of our communities. They are easy to take for granted and some of us might not even realise the immense hives of activity these venues can be. Where else can you find Pilates or Chi Samba on a Monday, art class or ballet on a Tuesday, A-Star sports or gardening club on a Wednesday. Parish council meetings, country markets, mother & toddler groups, a Pre-School playgroup, cinema once a month, amateur dramatics, police surgeries, locations for polling stations…the list of activities that can and do take place in our halls is endless.

These village assets really are rather remarkable places. They are owned by the whole community, play host to a vast array of different activities and are run by people who give up their time to do so, not by a profit-making company or the local authority.

Cotebrook Village Hall has recently undergone major work thanks to a hardworking group of residents and business grants. An extension and refurbishment have made the facility fit for purpose for the 21st century. And now Tarporley’s community centre needs some work.

Tarporley Community Centre (TCC) roof is nearly 60 years old, it is springing leaks, current roof tiles are no longer available and patching and repairing have become increasingly difficult. Trustees of TCC have decided they cannot keep patching it up and the whole roof needs replacing.

This is a major project for the Tarporley team as all roofing felt and battens will be replaced along with approximately 7250 tiles. An architect has been appointed to help the team ensure the new roof meets Cheshire West and Chester and Tarporley Conservation area requirements, as well as conforming to current Health and Safety regulations. It is envisaged that there will be extra benefits for the community centre and its users, such as improved sound quality with acoustic tiles added to the ceiling in the main hall and energy saving due to the thermal insulation improvements in the roof.

The work is expected to take 6-7 weeks and is planned for July and August of 2020. But before then the important task of fundraising needs to happen. Trustees are using part of the centre’s reserves and they are applying for community grants, but they need the help of Tarporley residents and users of the community centre. Can you help them to raise funds?

This years’ TarpFest will donate any funds raised across the weekend in June to the roof appeal, but its going to take more than that. The community centre team are in the process of setting up a just giving page; in the meantime, anyone wishing to help can write a cheque to “Tarporley Community Centre”, write “roof appeal” on the back of the cheque and send to Mrs Linda Martin, Tarporley Community Centre, High Street, Tarporley, CW6 0AY.

Let’s help the volunteers at TCC to put a new roof on our much-used village asset, so we can all make use of this community hub for the next 60 years and beyond.

Follow or the Facebook page: Tarporleycc for updates on how the project is progressing.

There is a Justgiving page here





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