We’re open for business!

Stainton Village Hall was officially opened by the children of Stainton C of E Primary School on Friday 22 March 2019. The event was attended by many of those who were involved in supporting the fundraising efforts for the construction of the new hall.

The new village hall is now open for business. Requests to use the hall can be made via this website by opening the diary, checking availability and submitting a booking request by following the instructions. If you need assistance please contact Julia Redgate tel.840171 or email enquiries@staintonvh.org.uk

This project would not have been possible without the dedication of the small group of village hall committee members, led by Jon Rush, and the significant grant funding received from The National Lottery Community Fund, the Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust, The Lakes Free Range Egg Company, Eden District Council, Dacre Parish Council, Cumbria County Council, the Hadfield Trust and the Garfield Weston Foundation. The local community contributed a considerable amount to this project through fundraising and donations, aided by local businesses including the King’s Arms and Brantwood Country Hotel. Most recently, the Cumbria Clock Company kindly donated and fitted a wonderful clock.

To every individual and business who helped with this fantastic community project, with their time and with their money, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

New Year update

As we start 2019, the construction of the new village hall is entering a new phase. With the scaffolding removed, the size and shape of our fantastic new building has been revealed. During January and February there will be contractors busy fitting out the inside of the building, so please bear with us as deliveries are made and there’s a lot of activity at the site. This will be a particularly busy period as we prepare the hall ready for opening in the Spring.

We aim to open the building for use on 1st April 2019 and are now actively working with interest clubs, societies, classes and groups to allocate regular slots. We hope from spring to welcome back our play group, and offer a range of classes from Yoga to Zumba, with potential for specialist dance classes.

We are working on a new online booking system, which is being tested in advance of the hall being open for business.

On Saturday 23rd March the hall will be open for the community to view the build, explore the facilities and talk to the committee about potential use. The event will be promoted more widely in the coming weeks. The open day will be between 10am and 3pm.

The new programme for the Village Hall includes a Tuesday morning Hub, where people can drop in, have a coffee and be sociable. We expect a number of informal groups, activities and support agencies will use this as a focal point to engage and reach people in our community. If you would like to contribute to this concept or have ideas, please use email us.

Construction Update

Work is expected to start next week (w/s 13 August) to build the walls of the new Hall, and to allow the work to progress safely, scaffolding will be needed. As the structure is situated close to the pavement, this may mean that the scaffolding may impact on the access along the pavement, but the contractors, Thomas Armstrong Ltd, are planning to keep the access open as much as possible.

The Village Hall Committee is busy dealing with all the planning needed to get systems & policies (such as booking systems, website, finance systems etc.) in place in advance of the new Hall opening as a Community Services Hub. We are also finalising the detail of the build, such as rendering, flooring, paintwork, curtains, doors, and lighting.

We have a site visit with the Big Lottery soon, and we are keeping other funders informed. Jon Rush, our Chair, has been on BBC Radio Cumbria recently as the BBC is interested in keeping Cumbria informed about our progress. And Action with Communities in Cumbria are also keeping tabs on how the Hall progresses, as they are celebrating their 70th anniversary of supporting communities in Cumbria, including helping them to look after their community buildings.

As the build is progressing well, the expected time of completion and handover of the build from Thomas Armstrong Ltd to the Village Hall Committee is the end of 2018. The Committee is looking at how we can celebrate the completion of the new Hall – suggestions welcomed!

Keep updated on the progress of the Hall, online or follow us on social media: Twitter @StaintonVH or Facebook Staintonvhall.

To make offers of help for the new Hall, please email enquiries@staintonvh.org.uk   or contact Jon Rush 07825341354.

Village Hall Construction Underway

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The Stainton Village Hall Committee has been fundraising for the past 10 years or more, with many residents helping by holding sales, events, quizzes and other community events, to get the money to rebuild the hall. With this local funding, and strong support from the Big Lottery Fund, Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust, Dacre Parish Council, Eden District Council, The Lakes Free Range Egg Company, Garfield Weston Foundation, Hadfield Trust, and Cumbria County Council, the target has been reached to allow the rebuild to be done.

The old hall was originally a wooden recreation hut outside Fusehill Hospital in Carlisle, used by injured WW1 soldiers. It was bought by Stainton Institute in 1919, taken down and re-erected on site in Stainton by J Richardson & Son on foundations laid out by the Penrith Rural District Council in 1920. The old account book for Stainton Institute names many local people who contributed in 1919 & 1920 to the new Institute, as well as listing all the contractors involved in the work.

Since then the hall has been a key element of life in Stainton, with many dances, parties, classes, and beer festivals enjoyed in the venue. It has been extended,  improved, and re-roofed over the decades, but to fit modern needs, a new structure is needed. However, to mark and celebrate the old hall, the Committee would welcome any stories or photographs of the old building that anyone can contribute.

The demolition work and the rebuild is being undertaken by Thomas Armstrong (Construction) Ltd. And it is hoped that the village will be celebrating the opening of the new hall and Community Services Hub in the autumn.