Ripley Village Hall Redevelopment Update July 2019

Since the granting of the planning permission earlier this year, the Trustees of the hall have been working hard on finalising details for the interior of the new buildings to ensure that they will be suitable for all users. In particular, we have carefully planned and designed the space allocated for the Parish Council office so that it is a workable space for our many public meetings. We have also utilised the roof space above the office to create much needed storage areas for all the files and equipment needed to run our village. We are also liaising closely with our amateur dramatics and orchestral users to carefully design and optimise the stage, lighting and sound systems, incorporating a mezzanine level in the main hall. There is much detail to consider and get right!

The Trustees have been busy pursuing all major funding avenues to bring this building project to fruition. We are actively seeking significant investment from Guildford Borough Council to match the loan from the Parish Council but this continues to be a complex and lengthy process, in particular following the recent change of Council leadership and many newly elected Councillors. We remain confident however that we will secure the remaining funding required.

In the meantime, we have engaged a professional Quantity Surveyor to work alongside our Architect in order to comply with the stipulations required by potential major funders and thereby continue to progress this project.

The next fundraising event will be held on Friday 29th November – a pampering and Christmas shopping evening where there will be loads of stalls to buy some lovely Christmas presents. Watch out for the flyers and posters for more details.

WHERE YOU CAN SEE THE PLANS IN DETAIL

There will be a full set of plans available to view in both the Ripley Parish Office at Rio House in the High Street and also within the foyer of the Village Hall.  If you have any queries or would like further explanation of the site, please contact the Trustees at info@ripleyvillagehall.org.uk and we will endeavour to give a swift reply.

Fundraising Activities

We also need your MONEY so please support the many fundraising events that are regularly hosted at the Village Hall.

There are many different community groups and businesses in our village and we are asking all of them to get involved and commit to raising some funds. There are many events held in Ripley throughout the year and we hope that every resident and business gets behind the idea and has some fun whilst raising much needed money. There are lots of different ways you can help and here are some ideas:

BUY A BRICK – To Donate or Buy A Brick please click here
SPONSORED CAR WASH
SPONSORED SILENCE
SPONSORED DANCE-A-THON
SPONSORED SCHOOL MUFTI DAY
DOG SHOW
SPONSORED WALK AROUND RIPLEY TO EVERY HISTORICAL BUILDING AND SITE
EASTER EGG HUNT
TREASURE HUNT
DOG WALK AND PUB LUNCH
WINE TASTING EVENT

In addition to the collective village fundraising, the Trustees are seeking significant funding from a variety of charitable trusts and organisations. These organisations have many applications for each fund available so Ripley has to be better than everyone else in the country who is applying for funding. We have to demonstrate that we are all behind this exciting new project to build our new village hall, by showing wholehearted commitment to our own village fundraising. It’s massively important that as many different groups of all ages get involved.

We are being greatly guided and assisted by Karen Holdsworth-Cannon from Surrey Community Action. SCA offers completely free advice and guidance to projects such as this and it has proved invaluable so far with ensuring that we are compliant with the regulations applicable to us by the Charities Commission. For clarity, we would like to confirm that the Trustees are unable to sell off any assets for profit that is not directly payable back to the charity itself i.e. we are not permitted to sell off any parcel of land to a developer who would go on to make profit from the sale of the housing they build.


We are looking to entice people to join the RVH Fundraising Committee. We need more volunteers to help run events. We are also looking for someone with PR and communication skills. If you have a few hours that you could give to this cause please contact us on info@ripleyvillagehall.org.uk.