25/04/17: Proposed new Community Hall receives £20k funding boost from Breckland

An ambitious project to replace the village hall in Lyng has moved a step closer after Breckland Council awarded £20,000 towards the new build.

At today's Cabinet meeting, councillors backed a match funding bid from Lyng & District Community Hall charitable committee. This award will help facilitate further funding bids, enabling the group to build a brand new village hall to replace the current dilapidated building, and provide a central community meeting place for residents of all ages in Lyng and surrounding parishes.

When completed, the new facility will provide a main hall, meeting room, foyer, kitchen and toilets.  With features such as air source heating, low energy lighting and rainwater harvesting the design will ensure that running costs are kept to a minimum.

The project will cost around £886k and the local community has worked hard to raise almost £31,000 with more events planned, including a 'buy a brick' scheme.  Lyng Parish Council provided a grant of £12,500, and the committee has also submitted an application to the BIG Lottery Reaching Communities (Buildings) programme.  

Cllr Paul Claussen, Breckland Council Executive Member for Place, commented: "It is a priority for the Council that we support and enable stronger and more independent communities, and we are delighted to support this ambitious project. In an isolated village such as Lyng, the village hall plays a vital role in the bringing community together, helping reduce the feeling of isolation and providing a heart for the village."

tings held, to get the views of local people. A focus group was also arranged to obtain the views of younger residents. The findings demonstrated a clear need for a new hall and the sorts of activities it should cater for. 

Breckland Council's large match-funding grants of £5,001 - £20,000 are available to voluntary and community groups, schools and town and parish councils. These awards help attract significant funding from national organisations and bring valued investment into the district. For more information, and to apply, contact the Norfolk Community Foundation who administer the fund on Breckland's behalf - tel 01603 623958, email grants@norfolkfoundation.com