Newslink July 2020

Bradfield Village Hall’s “Three Bradfields Walk”

As I write this, we are just arriving at Bradfield Village Hall, Essex having walked over 350 miles of the 467 miles distance between the three Bradfield Village Halls – ours, Yorkshire and Essex.  It has been great fun walking around our area, seeing places we haven’t been too, some we didn’t know existed.  The weather has been really good to us. By the time you are reading this, we will hopefully have arrived ‘back’ to our own hall.

Emma has been tracking us and published pictures of places we’ve ‘passed’ on the way and we’ve got the whole virtual journey on our website along with a special song recorded especially for us.  

Check them out at here.

Why have we done this?  We wanted to start fundraising for the development project to provide new facilities for our community – village hall, playground, MUGA and site improvements.  This has obviously been difficult in the present situation and we hoped our walk has demonstrated that the project is still very much alive.  It will need a huge amount of money and applications are being made to grant funders.  THANK YOU so much for all those who have supported us, both on our walk and directly.  It is very much appreciated.

Our JustGiving page ThreeBradfieldsWalk is still open if you wish to donate.  All the money given will go towards the development project.

Please get in touch if you would like to get involved in this exciting project.

Christine Evans 0118 974 4920

Newslink June 2020

All activities in the Hall had to cease at the start of lockdown, but hopefully before long, some will be able to return.  In the meantime, the village shop has been able to make use of the vacant hall in order to meet the extra demands of people needing home deliveries.

 The Development Project

Much work has been going on since we were granted Planning Consent to build new facilities for the community in Bradfield – a new village hall, playground, muga and site improvements.  We have started making applications to grant funders.  Details of our project are on our website.

 We had intended to start actively fund raising for the project in April.  The current situation has prevented that for the time being but 

the Committee are doing a Sponsored Walk ‘visiting’ the other two Bradfield Village Halls. We have already raised £10,000 this year towards the project and have also had a very generous offer of over £300,000.  The target is enormous but the Committee are confident that we can achieve our goal.

The Playground

At the beginning of Lockdown, the Committee had to close the playground.  During our annual inspection, some serious safety issues were found and some items in the playground will have to be removed before we can reopen it.  We have no idea how long we have to keep it closed but until this work is done, even when the government allow us to open it again, it will remain closed.  

Part of the Development Project is to move the playground area to a much safer space, which will not need accessing through the car park.  Unfortunately we can’t replace the playground logistically until the new hall is built, so for the time being there will be a reduced playground.  We have considered alternatives, such as moving the playground to the other end of the field, where it used to be for many years was originally and the concrete is still there today,  but the costs of installation and safety requirements are a significant part of the price of either moving or buying new items.  We do not consider it wise use of money.  We would also have to apply for temporary planning permission, which would also cost us.  

We will be outlining our project in more detail next month, but in the meantime, we hope you will support our walk.