An exciting new development

for the Wixford Village Hall

After over 25 years of discussions and attempts to fund a new village hall, our project was kickstarted in 2019 by the offer from Piers Daniell to donate a building and additional materials that were surplus to his requirements. The plan was to use the portal frame of the building and recycle certain internal and external items.

As the project has evolved it has become clear that it would be cheaper to use new wooden trusses rather than the portal frame. Our aim is to keep the project as Eco friendly as possible and we still intend to recycle as much of the donated building as we can, e.g. the guttering, internal doors, paving stones.

We have also considered using a new type of block that provides added insulation. However, this has not been possible due to the constraints with access to the site. We are now planning to enhance our insulation beyond that provided by these new blocks and bring it up to a higher insulation level than would normally be required.

In 2020, just prior to the Pandemic, we took part in Village Halls Week and, as a result of this, we were awarded a further generous sum from a local Trust. Since then thousands of hours have been worked applying for appropriate grants. Finally at the beginning of 2023 we raised sufficient funds for the build. This was a great achievement as we have been informed it has been the worst time for fundraisers in the last 30 years.

In May 2024 after ten months of excellent and relentless work by our contractor Mark Connolly Building Contractors Ltd. the building was ready. The first public event for the residents took place on July 3rd. The new facility was very well received.

This has become a project welcomed and supported by so many people in our village and we firmly believe that the project has brought the community together in a positive way.

We are now taking bookings for the hall and planning an Entertainment and Events Programme commencing during the second half of 2024 and we would welcome input and ideas from the community and beyond by email to [email protected].

In association with:

  • Stratford District Council (Community Infrastructure Levy Funding)
  • Throckmorton Trust
  • People’s Postcode Lottery
  • Warwickshire County Council (Green Shoots Grant)
  • Wixford Parish Council
  • Misses Barrie Charitable Trust
  • Cllr Piers Daniell
  • Warwickshire Masonic Charity Association
  • County Councillors’ Grant Fund 2021 and 2020
  • Ian B’s Run from Land’s End to John O’Groats
  • Wilcox and Allen Trust
  • Baron Davenport’s Charity
  • Waitrose Tokens Scheme