WHAT WE DO - ACTIVE COMMUNITY SPACE
The hall is used for leisure and sports activities by many, including Pilates, Zumba, Seated keep fit for those less mobile, plus live theatre and community cinema evenings.
We have a large recreation field which includes a full size soccer pitch and a rounders field. The outdoor all weather sports court sees regular hockey, 5 a side and tennis matches played.
The village hall is an active community space catering for a wide range of activities and people. The ground floor is completely accessible, including the changing rooms, kitchen and toilet facilities.
WHY WE NEED THE FUNDING
The rainwater leak in the gable end wall is now affecting many of our user groups, while the installation of acoustic tiles will improve the audio experience of all who use the facility.
The many weekly activities in the hall, together with community events, recreational and sports games provide an income that just about covers the running costs of the hall.
The Parish Council have also been generous in providing grants to help with major repairs and refurbishment, including £2k this January to repair the ridge tiles on the roof, also damaged in the winter storms.
The damage to the gable end wall this winter is not something we anticipated, the cost to repair and make the building watertight has not been planned for and we do not have the funds available.
The Naseby (very) Amateur Dramatic Society and the Naseby Community Cinema group have both started to use the village hall for live theatre and film nights.
Lighting and audio equipment have been purchased thanks to donations from Kelmarsh Windfarm Community Benefit.
All performances have been well attended with profits from the events donated to the Village hall. These events are making an increasing financial contribution to the hall, however the audio quality in the hall is poor.
Acoustic tiles would improve the audience experience and hopefully secure the success of these two groups with the funding stream they could provide.
EXTERNAL WALL REPAIR
We need to repair the gable end wall which has deteriorated badly with last winters storms, Atiyah, Brendan, Ciara and Dennis all had a devastating effect.
We now have damage on the inside of the building.
The wall will be repointed, and two coats of Hydrophobic coating will be applied to the external brickwork. The product has a 10 year warranty but should give protection for up to 20 years. The floor and internal wall will be repaired and redecorated by volunteers using a scaffold tower.
A combination of Acoustic (Diffuser) pyramid foam tiles (egg box shape) and Rockwool RWA45 (Absorber) acoustic tiles would make a big improvement to the acoustics in the hall. They would cover 40% of the wall space.
The tiles would be covered in an open weave fabric. The lower tiles would be decorated with a collage depicting scenes from Naseby's history. This would be coordinated by the leader of the Naseby Sewing Bee who will organise a collaboration of creative people, including the local school children.
Naseby (very) Amateur Dramatic Society
We have, since forming as a group in 2018, produced four live shows in the village hall, all have been well received, selling out all performances. We would like to put on more live entertainment, including comedies and serious plays, however the hall is like an echo chamber and is currently unsuitable for this type of live performance.
We have recently purchased a new professional sound system and speakers which have helped, when we put on a show we hang lots of old curtains all around the walls of the hall to soften the reverberations. This does help but the echo around the hall is still disconcerting and reduces the enjoyment of the audience, many of whom are mature individuals.
Naseby Community Cinema Group
We had our first film night on March 14th when we screened ‘Yesterday’ to an audience of 60 people. The evening was a great success. We used equipment provided by the Naseby (very) Amateur Dramatic Society who recently purchased a new audio system and projector for their live shows.
While the video quality was excellent the audio quality was not so good. When the hall was built over twenty years ago it was designed more as a sports hall rather than a village hall and is laid out for badminton and table tennis, the main hall being over 10m high and constructed of concrete blocks. Every sound echoes and reverberates around the hall and makes it difficult to hear clearly.
WHAT WILL IT ALL COST?
The cost of the work on the external wall would be £4500.00
The cost of the acoustic tiles would be £3500.00.
We can however reduce this, our volunteers, together with volunteers from N(v)ADS and the Community Cinema group, will fabricate, assemble and install the acoustic tiles.
We have a crack team of volunteer tradesmen just hanging around ready to commence work.
The actual cost of the materials would be around £2000.00, plus the hire of a scaffold tower for a week.
The balance would come from money raised by the village hall committee over the last year. We had a donation of over £600.00 from Naseby (very) Amateur Dramatic Society in January plus a donation of £96.00 from the Community Cinema film evening in March.
Naseby Sewing Bee, a local craft group have agreed to coordinate creative people, including the local school, to decorate the acoustic tiles with scenes from the history of Naseby
There would be an additional small cost of materials for the craft group to decorate the tiles. This is likely to be under £100 although most of the craft material will be donated.
We have support from the following village organisations:
Naseby Parish Council.
Naseby Parish Council awarded us a grant of over £2000 this January to repair the ridge tiles on the roof. We thank them for their support.
Naseby Age UK
Naseby (very) Amateur Dramatic Society
Naseby Community cinema group.
Naseby currently has around 290 properties with a population of approx. 725. Activities in the village hall are also enjoyed by the residents of nearby villages of Kelmarsh and Haselbeach, 32 and 27 properties respectively. Neither of who have a village hall or community centre. The three villages are also surrounded by over 20 farms.