2008 – 2010
Shilbottle Community Hall is the Phoenix which rose from the ashes of the old Miners Welfare Hall which was destroyed by fire in 2008. The new hall was designed by the architects Purves Ash LLP and the main construction contractor was Stephen Easten Building.
The building design incorporates the latest “green” technology which includes ground source heat pumps, a rain water harvesting system and a wind turbine electricity generator.
The construction of the new building was part funded from grants by the following:-
The Big Lottery Community Buildings FundThe Football FoundationAlnwick District Council/Northumberland County CoucilShilbottle Parish CouncilThe Rural Development Programme for England (Leader)Trusthouse Charitable FoundationThe Joicey TrustHis Grace Duke of NorthumberlandSir James Knott TrustSherburn House TrustWilliam Webster Charitable Trust
We are grateful to these organisations for supporting this project and also to the community of Shilbottle who have worked hard to raise funds locally and help the project in many other ways.
We now have a new hall that the whole community can be proud of and we hope everyone enjoys. There are lots of activities planned and clubs already established so please visit our other pages for more information.
2010 – present
Since the hall was opened in September 2012, along with the user groups working hard to raise money for the ongoing costs of running the hall, we have continued to apply for and receive grants towards the upkeep of the hall and the costs of operating various activities such as our two youth groups.
During this period of time we are grateful to the following organisations who have made a grant to us:-
The Community Chest ~ bowls trolley and storage equipmentSainsburys ~ youth club equipmentScholefield Trust ~ funding for Junior Youth GroupNorthumberland Childrens Trust ~ funding for Youth workRoyal & Sun Alliance Insurance ~ curtains for the main hall
The Lendrum Family Community First Fund ~ a years funding for the “What’s On” and funding for internet access so the Junior Youth Group can produce a newsletterCommunity Foundation ~ “What’s On” production costsCommunity Foundation ~ IT provisionCommunity Foundation ~ blinds for the main HallCommunity Foundation ~ new hearing loops for the Main Hall and the GrangeScholefield Trust ~ Art Workshops MaterialsLloyds Community Fund ~ “Challenge Yourself” project to get new groups running and run one off events for the communityJoicey Trust, Hadrian Trust, Hospital of God at Greatham and the Barbour Foundation ~ Youth WorkerNCCCommunity Chest ~ Youth room storage, Flooring, TV and Toddlers equipment
We are in the process of applying for further grants to update our security and for a half time Youth Worker for the village so we can continue to develop the activities and facilities the hall can offer to the wider community.