In March Onsite successfully secured grant funding, from Impetus Environmental Trust, to cover the cost of building improvement works to the main hall and kitchen in Stillington Village Hall. Work is planned to start in June and will involve full redecoration, repairs to the floor, installation or suspended ceiling and LED lighting, a new kitchen and improved storage.

Plans are in place to work alongside to a small group of passionate local volunteers “The Friends of Stillington Village Hall” to ensure disruption to regular weekly activities is kept to a minimum when work starts.

Stillington Village Hall was built in 1877 and is suffering from age related deterioration. The ceiling is mouldy, internal areas require painting and decorating and the building is starting to feel uninviting which is having a negative impact on securing new groups and associated essential room hire income.

Despite the buildings ageing appearance it remains highly regarded by local people and Onsite’s aim in applying for grants is to work with the local community to protect and preserve this wonderful asset because of its local strategic importance.

The Village Hall is the only facility for several miles that provides space where local people are able congregate to take part in social and recreational activities; whilst only a small number of groups regularly use the centre, the planned refurbishment works will hopefully lead to increased usage