Gilead Chapel Hall, well utilised by the villagers in Coity, wanted to expand the Hall to increase the facilities it offered to village residents. Standing adjacent to Gilead Chapel, the Hall, referred to as The Village Hall, is used on a daily basis is the meeting place for many clubs and organisations and hosts a variety of activities.
The Hall had land at the back of the building and applied to reach for a grant to help in undertaking the building expansion. The total cost for the project was £84,000 and comprised £40,000.00 from reach, £34,000.00 from The Big Lottery Fund and £10,000.00 from The Welsh Churches Act Fund. The combined funding enabled new shower and toilet facilities to be built, a new storage room, new male and female toilets and changing rooms, which double up as small meeting rooms and also facilities for physiotherapists to see patients.
Disabled access has also been added, together with a disabled toilet, making the building fully compliant with the Disabilities Discrimination (DDA) Act.
Outcome and Impact
“The extension to the Hall has opened up a new spectrum and broadened the horizon for use of the hall. It means that we can cater to more groups in the community”, says Colin Lewis, the Church Secretary and Trustee. “Although the Hall was used by the local drama group, the Guides and Brownies, the local University of the Third Age and for community table tennis or quizzes, there were no storage facilities for these groups. In addition local football teams or other sports groups didn’t have any shower facilities or changing rooms.” The newly extended Hall provides these amenities and one new group meeting at the Hall is the Ogmore Valley Wheelers, who are able to store their ‘speed rollers’ and can do their speed trials there. The Trustees of the Hall intend that the Hall will continue to meet the needs of the local community, attract new groups and continue to have a positive impact on village life in Coity