Paving the way in Cleeve

National Grid supports village hall renewal and new car park

Cleeve Village Hall has received £20,000 from National Grid’s Community Grant Fund, to resurface its car park and improve the drainage. The funds have also helped finance the refurbishment of the hall’s tired flooring.

The original car park was made from loose stone chippings. Heavy use over the past few decades and throughout the pandemic had taken its toll, meaning that the car park required more maintenance than was planned for. This was impacting the charity’s finances, which were already under pressure due to Covid-related cancellations to a number of bookings – a main source of income.

The charity used the grant to resurface the whole area and improve drainage with channelling, helping future-proof the community hub. This new surface is already proving to be a great benefit to those hiring the venue, as well as the committee volunteers who help keep the area clean.

In addition, the funding helped them refurbish the hall’s old flooring, skirting and doorways. With the original flooring presenting a trip hazard to users, this work has made the venue both safer and more inviting for all.

These improvements would not have been possible without the National Grid grant.

James Goode, Project Director for the Hinkley Connection Project, said: “The Community Grant Fund has been put to great use here – helping a local charity continue their important work while reinvigorating a local hub, which plays a crucial role in the local community.”

Diana Cook, Cleeve Village Hall secretary, said: “We now have all areas looking exceedingly smart, making the hall an even more attractive venue for a wide range of activities, including wedding receptions. These improvements would not have been possible without the National Grid grant.”