Ripley Village Hall Redevelopment Update February 2019

The Trustees are delighted to announce that planning permission has been granted by Guildford Borough Council for the new hall.  It has been a very complex and lengthy process and we are very pleased that this major undertaking has now been accomplished.  We have continued to work very closely with the architect, the community and the regular hall  users in order to design the very best building that will be fit for purpose for many decades to come.

Our fantastic Fundraising Committee put a huge amount of effort into events, with the help of the community.  Our recent Quiz evening was a huge success, raising nearly £1,800.  A huge thank you to everyone involved with this and to those who came along.

Substantial financial support has been provided by Ripley Parish Council who have recently been approved for a Public Work and Loans Board loan of £500,000 which will be gifted to the Ripley Village Hall charity towards the cost of the rebuild.  to clarify, this money will only be used for Phase 1 (the main hall) and not for Phase 2 (the ancillary building which will house the 2 flats).  The Parish Council had to undergo a very complex application process for this loan, which took nearly 12 months before the final approval by the Secretary of State.

The Trustees are now actively seeking the additional funding required to complete Phase 1 of the project.  We will keep you posted, it is an uphill battle in these difficult financial times but we are determined to succeed and to get cracking with the building works later this year.

In the meantime, the current hall is very much open for business as usual!

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.