VILLAGE HALL REPAIR & ACOUSTIC TILE INSTALLATION

by Chris Bignell in Naseby, England, United Kingdom

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On 16th July 2020 we successfully raised £3,759 ( + est. £566.00 Gift Aid ) with 256 supporters in 42 days

REPAIR GABLE END WALL TO STOP FURTHER WATER DAMAGE, APPLY WATERPROOF SEALANT TO EXTERNAL BRICKWORK, REDECORATE AND INSTALL ACOUSTIC TILES

by Chris Bignell in Naseby, England, United Kingdom

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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.

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WHY WE NEED THE FUNDING

1588320502_ab2f86f6-5dab-40d6-b042-fe2c0c5ee90b.pngThe 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.

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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.1588312299_c6838214-e95b-4b5d-8ecd-2389683a7b5f.png                       

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.

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We now have damage on the inside of the building.
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1587392624_ddc5f08c-3f68-44f3-a16a-877b4ced0ecc.jpegThe 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.


ACOUSTIC TILES

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.

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Feedback from 

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.

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Feedback from

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?

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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.

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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.

1587380195_parish_council.jpgNaseby 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 WI..                       

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Naseby Age UK

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Naseby (very) Amateur Dramatic Society

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Naseby Community cinema group.

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Naseby Band.

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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.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£1 or more

Supporter wall reconition.

Times are very difficult for everybody at the moment, however a token donation of £1 will earn us 10 points and earn you an honourable mention on our supporters wall.

£3 or more

Complimentary drinks voucher

Drink voucher for free beer or glass of wine at a N(v)ADS or Community Cinema event, plus an honourable mention on our supporters wall.

£5 or more

Free cinema ticket

Free ticket to a Community cinema screening, plus an honourable mention on our supporters wall.

£10 or more

Free opening night ticket

Free ticket to any opening night performance of a N(v)ADS show, plus an honourable mention on our supporters wall.

£25 or more

VIP ticket + free bar

Free ticket to an opening night performance of a N(v)ADS show, best seats in the house + free bar, plus an honourable mention on our supporters wall.

£50 or more

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RED CARPET ticket & free bar

RED CARPET ticket to a gala evening performance of any N(v)ADS show, back stage tour, intro to the 'stars', champagne and canape reception, best seats in the house and free bar. Plus an honourable mention on our supporters wall.

£50 or more

1 of 20 claimed

Sponsor a tile plus two free tickets

Sponsor one of the acoustic tiles, your name will be permanently attached to a tile. Showing your ongoing support and commitment to the future of the village hall. Two free tickets to a community cinema event included.

£50 or more

Sports court freebee

A two hour slot on our outside sports court for all you fitness fanatics. Plus an honourable mention on our supporters wall.

£50 or more

Pantomime family package

Two adult and two children's tickets to the matinee performance of the next N(v)ADS pantomime. Package includes soft drinks and free 'tuck shop' selection for the children + bottle of Prosecco for parents. Plus an honourable mention on our supporters wall.

£80 or more

Afternoon party

A three hour booking slot for any afternoon party or event. Plus an honourable mention on our supporters wall.

£100 or more

1 of 20 claimed

DIRECTORS PACKAGE

TWO FREE TICKETS TO A COMMUNITY CINEMA FILM SHOW, MEET THE TEAM, ENJOY A CHAMPAGNE AND CANAPE RECEPTION, MEET THE PROJECTIONIST AND LEARN HOW WE PUT ON A SHOW. BEST SEATS IN THE HOUSE, FREE BAR AND CHAUFFEURED LIMO DRIVE HOME. PLUS AN HONOURABLE MENTION ON OUR SUPPORTERS WALL.

£100 or more

Evening party, celebration or event

A four hour evening booking slot for your party, celebration or event. Assistance in obtaining a bar licence if needed. PLUS AN HONOURABLE MENTION ON OUR SUPPORTERS WALL

£150 or more

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Film night sponsorship

Sponsor a film night of your choice, your brand details on all pre marketing including leaflet deliveries and posters. Full exposure on Village Hall web site, Facebook page and Twitter feed. Your corporate video screened on the night. TWO RED CARPET tickets to your film, Champagne and Canape reception, best seats in the house, free bar and chauffeured limo home. Plus corporate and personal honourable mention on our supporters wall.

£250 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Pantomime sponsorship package

Sponsor the next N(v)ADS Christmas Pantomime. Full branding on all marketing, including tickets, posters and leaflet drop around Naseby, Kelmarsh, Haslebeach and Cold Ashby. Full exposure on village hall Web site, Facebook page and Twitter feed. TWO RED CARPET tickets to the performance of your choice including Champagne and Canape reception, best seats in the house and free bar. Plus corporate and personal honourable mention on supporters wal

£500 or more

Village Hall sponsorship and naming rights.

Sponsor our village hall for a 12 month period, including brand name included in the title. Full exposure at all events and on all marketing and promotion material. Your brand, products, services promoted to all user groups with full social media coverage on village hall web site, Facebook page and Twitter feed. External notice board viewable from main road to Market Harborough and internal supporters wall will be branded with your details.

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