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Following an extensive refurbishment funded by Sita Cornwall’s Flagship Grant programme, the newly renovated and extended hall was officially declared open again on Friday 28th November. A packed out hall, full of smiley faces witnessed young people from the village cut the ribbon to mark the reopening.

The hall now boosts an additional 4 meeting rooms on a new mezzanine floor, new toilets, new reception area, but if that wasn’t enough, the trustees are also celebrating a £500k grant award from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Programme.

The grant will help fund a five-year programme of activities and events and allow Treverbyn Community Hall to recruit a programme manager and an administrator, as well as pay for sessional staff for specific activities.

Jenny Cant, chairman of trustees for the hall, said: “This is absolutely the best piece of news we have had this year. We have worked for a couple of years on this application, consulting with local people, finding out exactly what they wanted from the hall and really getting a good understanding as to what it can provide for them.

“This grant will mean that we can meet those needs and bring something to people of all ages and walks of life.”

The grant will also help provide new equipment for the hall, including new exercise mats, soft play and youth equipment, as well as IT equipment, tables and chairs.

Jenny added: “Normally a tutor will need between six and 12 participants before they can run a session. This grant will mean that we can get activities going even if there are only 3 or 4 people interested initially.”

There is also a significant budget for volunteer training, which will mean that the hall can offer training and support to local people with a specific interest, so that they too can become group leaders or tutors.

The Reaching Communities grant will effectively help Treverbyn Together set things up and gather momentum so that enough people are participating for the individual costs to be kept to a minimum and the activities can continue. This news is another big boost to local community who have seen their hall move into community ownership and go from success to success. A very well done to all involved from us here at Vital Venues.

Find out more about the activities going on in Treverbyn Community Hall

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