Hall fundraiser launched

Picture: Aberporth village hall committee members Richard Jennings, Zoe Storer, Kristina Jackson, Mike Harwood, Lisa Stopher and project officer Sue Lewis launch the £10k local fundraising bid at Penrodyn.

Aberporth villagers have kicked off a £10k fundraising target as part of their bid to replace the ageing village hall.

Members of the village hall committee launched the fundraiser this week with specially designed posters featuring artist Peter Evans’ mice that were a highlight for locals during the recent lockdown.

The committee plan to submit their bid for £500k lottery funding at the end of this month together with a planning application to rebuild the 1930s hall. They will also be putting together matchfunding bids to reach the estimated target of £850k.

A special fundraising sub committee has been set up which will organise several fundraising initiatives over the next few months.

The village hall income has been hard hit by Covid with hire fees being lost and the usual income stream of car park fees relying on people’s good nature in paying their fee via honesty boxes.

Committee members will be manning the car parks over the bank holiday weekend to raise funds.

And there are plans for other fundraising schemes over the autumn.

Village hall chairman Richard Jennings said: “The committee have been working hard over the summer to get things in place ready for the lottery bid. It really is now or never and we hope that local residents and visitors will support our fundraising appeal.”