St Radegunds Church    
in rural Nottinghamshire  
spacerTurton Memorial Hall Charity No502304
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to be known as
The Village Hall in Maplebeck
name change for the new hall at the Committee Meeting, August 2014

The BIG Lottery have awarded the
full application funding...wonderful!

Lottery Funding

History of the processes for the new hall....


The Chairman of the Hall Committee Derek Sayer, said "The village is delighted with this brilliant news" October 2012....see more...>

About the hall...
Turton Memorial Hall was built in 1906. It was granted Charity status in 1972 when the kitchen and toilet block was added. The Charter states that is for the use and enjoyment of the parishioners of the villages of Maplebeck, Kersall and Winkburn.
The Rules & Regulations governing the usage and management of the Turton Memorial Hall.
The hall is Licenced for all types of events (with the exception of boxing and wrestling!) at all times of the day/week.

It is used as a polling station, and holds many events during the year including Film shows, Talks, Quiz nights, private parties and funeral wakes.
The Turton Memorial Hall leaking roof, rotten floor boards, no central heating!

However, it is now in such a condition that the Management Committee are spending money on maintaining a building that is not fit for Twenty-First Century use.

If you are able to offer an expertise, advice or information relevant to the old or proposed hall please email the Chairman at

In 2008 the Management Committee started a project to investigate how to provide the facilities expected of a modern village hall, which would be warm, safe and welcoming. It became clear that the most economically viable solution would be to demolish and re-build on the existing site. Expert advice was taken in respect of developing a sustainable design, with minimum impact on the environment.

Funds were raised and a formal selection process was used by the small Building Development sub-committee to recommend the appointment of a local architect, Marsh Grochowski. For a year they worked with our community and the sub-committee to properly identify the needs and they proposed possible solutions. This involved community workshops, meetings, circulars and surveys.

In October 2010 formal conservation area consent and planning permission were granted by Newark & Sherwood District Council for the agreed design, shown here and in more detail in the existing village hall.

Architects proposal for a new hall

How to fund the Project

The sub-committee worked to minimise the building cost, without impacting the sustainability or quality. By maximising the use of local and volunteer labour and not appointing a main contractor, it will be much more affordable. Fortunately we have a number of residents who have a lot of professional experience in design and construction.

Another sub-committee is responsible for fund raising. Meetings have been held in the hall and letters delivered to all households with a target of achieving 25% of the total cost through pledges of support from within our villages. £10,000 has been raised so far to pay for the architect's work, sustainability advice, various surveys and obtaining planning permission.

We are applying to the Big Lottery Reaching Communities buildings fund, which is the largest fund around at the moment, to make up the balance of 75%. This is a three stage process and at our second attempt we were invited in August 2011 to make a Stage 2 application. (21st October 2011)

We require more pledges to make up the balance of construction costs.
(14th February 2012)

We have the funding from the BIG Lottery of £213,000:00...>
(16th October 2012)

If you are yet to pledge or can pledge more, please contact Brendan on 636185 or Bob on 636726.

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