Stowey Centre Project

2017

 

2016

60/70's Quiz evening with live band (Running on Empty - playing 60's and 70's music and some newer stuff) At the Nether Stowey Village Hall on Saturday 30th July 2016.

The Fund Raising and Marketing Working Group for the new combined Village Hall/Sports Pavilion project held a 60s/70s Quiz Night with a live band in the village hall on Saturday 30th July 2016.

69 local people attended in 14 teams of between 4 and 6 people.

The evening was a huge success raising £346.00 towards the new building.

Thanks to “Running on Empty” who were the band playing on the night and for all the support received which made the event such a “hit”.

Thanks also to Cricketer Farm shop, Fauns Butcher and Little stores for their generous donations towards raffle prizes. Also a big thank you to Colin at the post office for selling the tickets, promoting the event and his enthusiasm on the night!

We hope to host a similar event in Feb/March 2017, probably a 70/80’s quiz night, so please look out for posters or contact Alison on 733215, and she will let you know when tickets go on sale.

Mark Howells on 1 August 2016.

 

June 2016 update

Current Key Milestones Completed or in Progress

Concept Phase

July 2014: First Community Consultation – Completed

October 2014: Second Community Consultation – Completed

May 2015: Completion of the Feasibility Study Report – Completed

June 2015: Approval of the Feasibility Study Report – Completed

November 2015: Third Community Public Consultation resulting in agreement to move forward – Completed

Definition Phase

March 2016: Formation of the Project Delivery Team – Completed

May 2016: Formation of the Fundraising & Marketing Working Group – Completed

July 2016: Agreement of the simplest and quickest changes to the Charity arrangements – In progress

August 2016: Formation of the Building Design & Planning Working Group – in progress

May 2016 to February 2019: Fundraising, Marketing, Building Design & Planning activities – in progress

More information can be found on the Nether Stowey Playing Field website (http://www.netherstoweyrg.co.uk/). For those who uses Facebook, there is a Nether Stowey Village Hall and Sports Pavilion Project Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Nether-Stowey-Village-Hall-and-Sports-Pavilion-Project-745254825619149). Why not take a look at them?

Who is it?

Members from the Village Hall and Recreation Ground committees and independent community volunteers.

The Project Sponsors are Adrian Fuller and Ray Brooks and the Project Manager is Mark Howells.

What have they done over the last year?

  • * Completed the Feasibility Study and published the Feasibility Study Report on 5th June 2015
  • * Held a Community Public Meeting to share the findings of the Feasibility Study Report and agree the way forward on 7th November 2015.
  • * Reviewed the objectives that were set out in the ‘Terms of Reference’, agreed that the objectives had been achieved and closed down the Task Force on 16th December 2015.
  • * The Project Sponsors have worked together and produced and agreed the Terms of Reference for the Fundraising and Marketing Working Group.
  • * Created the Project Management Team and the Fundraising and Marketing Working Group.

What is happening now?

  • * The Project Delivery Team, Playing Field & Village Hall committees are working towards agreement of the best solution and way forward for the new building charity/committee.
  • * The Project Sponsors are working together to produce, agree and issue the Terms of Reference for the Project Delivery Team.
  • * The Project Delivery Team are working to produce, agree and issue the Terms of Reference for the Building Design and Planning Working Group who will look into the requirements for the new building.
  • * Fundraising and Marketing Working Group has been established and will continue to plan and organize local fundraising events.
  • * The Project Management Team will produce the Project Management Plan for the Project Sponsors to approve. The Project Management Plan is a definition document specifying the what, why, when, who and the how aspects of the project.

 

If you have any skills and/or experience or you are interested in getting involved, please contact Mark Howells. e-mail netherstoweyvh.sp@gmail.com.

 

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Local Fundraising Events.....

60/70's Quiz evening with live band (Running on Empty - playing 60's and 70's music and some newer stuff) At the Nether Stowey Village Hall on Saturday 30th July 2016.

Doors open at 7pm and quiz starts at 7:30pm. Teams of up to six - £5 per person. There will be a prize forthe winning team.

Tickets available from the Post Office or contact Alison on 733215.

Bring your own drinks and snacks (no bar) (plates, cutlery and glasses are NOT provided) All proceeds to go to the new combined Village Hall/Sports Pavilion Project.

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May 2016 update

Update from Mark Howells – Project Manager

Hello everyone,

We are looking for volunteers to get involved with this project. It is hoped that the project will start to get busier in the next few weeks and if you have any project or administration experience, we could do with some help on the Project Delivery Team and the Fundraising and Marketing Working Groups. Please note that the next Fundraising & Marketing Working Group Meeting to discuss local fundraising events is at 7:30pm on Tuesday 10 May 2016 in the Village Hall Meeting Room.

We would also like to start the Building Design and Planning Working Group and again are looking for volunteers with experience in this area and administration.

If you are interested and would like to help us to provide the village of Nether Stowey with something wonderful, then please get in touch. You can e-mail netherstowetvh.sp@gmail.com

8 May 2016

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January 2016 update


What is it?

A representative Task Force has been created to look into the feasibility of whether the common interests of the recreation ground (Playing Field) and the village Hall could be combined to fund and build a joint community centre for Nether Stowey and the surrounding communities.

More information can be found on the Nether Stowey Playing Field website (www.netherstoweyrg.co.uk/index.php/pavilion-community-centre-project). For those who uses Facebook, there is a Nether Stowey Task Force Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Nether-Stowey-Task-Force-1649763551930047) and a Nether Stowey Village Hall and Sports Pavilion Project Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Nether-Stowey-Village-Hall-and-Sports-Pavilion-Project-745254825619149). Why not take a look at them.

Who is it?

Members from the Village Hall and Playing Fields committees and independent community members.

Chair: Mark Howells

Secretary: Michelle Thomas

Members: Ray Brooks, Jane Erskine, Barbara Rich, Jo Scoins and Nigel Waterman.

What have they done since July 2015?

  • Completed the Feasibility Study and published the Feasibility Study Report on 5th June 2015
  • Held a Community Public Meeting to share the findings of the Feasibility Study Report and agree the way forward on 7th November 2015.
  • Reviewed the objectives that were set out in the ‘Terms of Reference’ and agreed that the objectives had been achieved and therefore the Task Force was closed down on 16th December 2015.

What is happening now?

  • The Playing Field Committee and Village Hall Committee will be working together to agree the Terms of Reference for a Project Delivery Team.

What is going to happen next?

  • The Project Delivery Team will be formed to initiate the “Nether Stowey Village Hall and Sports Pavilion Project”.
  • The Fundraising/Marketing Working Group will be initiated and will be looking into and arranging local fund raising events.

If you have any skills and/or experience or you are interested in getting involved, please contact Mark Howells (Project Manager) on 01278 733215 or e-mail netherstoweyvh.sp@gmail.com.

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2015

NOTES FROM THE TASK FORCE MEETING HELD ON 16TH DECEMBER 2015
The objectives that were set out in the ‘Terms of Reference’ were reviewed and it was agreed that the objectives had been achieved and therefore the Task Force was closed down.

So now the Playing Field Committee and Village Hall Committee are working together to agree the Terms of Reference for a Project Delivery Team.

A Project Delivery Team will be formed to initiate the “Nether Stowey Village Hall and Sports Pavilion Project” and the Fundraising/Marketing Working Group will be initiated and will be looking into and arranging local fund raising events.

More information can be found on the Nether Stowey Playing Field website (http://www.netherstoweyrg.co.uk/). Also a Nether Stowey Village Hall and Sports Pavilion Project Facebook page has now been set up (https://www.facebook.com/Nether-Stowey-Village-Hall-and-Spo…).

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NEW COMMUNITY CENTRE TASK FORCE AND VILLAGE HALL MEETINGS HELD AT NETHER STOWEY VILLAGE HALL ON 7th NOVEMBER 2015

The Task Force presented the Feasibility Study report looking into the feasibility of building a new Village Hall and Sports Pavilion on the Playing Field in Nether Stowey. A copy of the report can be found by visiting www.netherstoweyvillagehall.co.uk, www.netherstoweyrg.co.uk or from the Parish Council Office, 2 Castle Street.

The meetings were opened by Mark Howells, who has been the Chairman of the Task Force since February 2015. Members of the Task Force then gave a presentation of the findings of the feasibility study. The feasibility study determined that it is practical to build a combined village hall and sports pavilion on the playing field. A show of hands followed a question and answer session and 83% of those present at the meeting showed their support for this venture and to move forward into the next phase of the project.

The second meeting was presented by Ray Brooks, Chairman of the Village Hall and at the end of the presentation a vote was taken in accordance with the constitution of the Village Hall to agree to sell the village hall to part fund the building of the new village hall. The result of the voting was that 88% of those who attended were in favour of selling the existing village hall part fund the building of the new village hall.

Both Mark Howells and Ray Brooks emphasised that the existing village will not be closed until the new facility is open. This is to ensure that no one in the village will have to go without.

The Task Force are sorry to hear that some of the information presented regarding the building plans could be seen to be misleading. It should have been made clearer that one plan was for the existing planning consent for the Sports Pavilion to be located on the playing field and the other plan was purely an example of what could be built if we were to combine the Sports Pavilion with the Village Hall.

During the feasibility study, members of the Task Force did measure out an area on the playing field to ensure that there would be sufficient space for a larger building. Please be assured that the 1000 square metres that was stated at the meeting was just a typical size of village halls that were researched by the on the internet by the Task Force.

Any plans for the new combined Village Hall and Sports Pavilion to be proposed at Nether Stowey would be subject to planning consent. It should be noted that at the moment, there is not an agreed design and therefore an exact size is not known. When the time comes, the plans will be put on display in the village library so that people have a chance to look at them.

The next phase will be to create a project delivery team and working groups to focus on fundraising, marketing, planning and the building design. Of the 61 people who attended the meetings, 21 people offered to help with this venture.

The Task Force and Village Hall Committee would like to thank all those involved in the presentations, all those who attended the meetings and all those who offered to help moving this project forward.

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Join us to discuss the future of facilities in Nether Stowey on Saturday 7th November @10.30am in the Village Hall

The need for improved facilities, both on the Playing Field & within our beloved Village Hall, has been a long standing issue for many years now. In 2013 Nether Stowey Village Hall Committee conducted a survey regarding the way forward for the existing village hall. The survey was sent to all residents and included questions such as whether the existing village hall should be refurbished, simply maintained as it is, or a new building at a new site should be proposed. Simultaneously Nether Stowey’s Playing Field Committee have been hard at work with the Playing Field Regeneration Project, replacing the Children’s Play Area, building the MUGA courts and of course looking to develop a new Pavilion to house changing rooms, showers and a club house for all villagers and local persons to enjoy their surroundings.

In 2014, a joint venture between the Playing Field & Village Hall Committees was deemed to be the most efficient and cost effective way forward. By working together, pooling our limited resources and overstretched funds, we aim to provide the village of Nether Stowey with a new combined village hall and sports pavilion.

A public meeting was held in July 2014 to discuss the options and from that meeting a Task Force was formed (members from the Village Hall and Playing Fields committees and independent community members) to look at the option of delivering a combined village hall and sports facility housed on the playing field and encompassing all the current activities and facilities of the current village hall with new changing facilities for the playing field.

On the 18th October 2014 the Task Force held its first Community Consultation at the Village Hall where representatives from the Village Hall and Playing Field Committees and the Community Centre Task Force presented their ideas to help the community to decide on the best way to progress the project. A show of hands indicated overwhelming support for the Community Centre Task Force to continue and assess the viability of a combined Community Centre by way of a feasibility study.

The feasibility study is now complete and a report has been compiled by the Community Centre Task Force. This study demonstrates that it is feasible to progress delivery of a new combined village community centre and sports pavilion to be located on the playing field. This approach has been agreed by the Playing Field and Village Hall Committees.

The objective being… ‘To provide a self-financing, multi use, Village Community Centre, which will meet the expected sports, leisure and cultural needs of all age groups in the village for the next 100+ years.’

The next stage is to obtain an outline design and planning for the new facility in order to determine the costs and also to initiate a fund raising campaign to secure the necessary funding. This will be achieved by forming two "Working Groups". One group will be focussed on "Fund Raising & Marketing" whilst the other group will focus on "Planning & Building Design".

We are currently looking for volunteers to join these groups.

We hope that this project will continue to attract enthusiastic support from the majority of the village as feedback to date indicates. We understand there are many questions that still need to be answered and therefore we have produced the feasibility report summary and intend to conduct a public meeting to share the results with you.

A copy of a Summary of the Feasibility Study Report and also the full Feasibility Study Report is available from the links below.

Summary Report

Feasibility Study Report