A project to build a new £0.9m community hub in Raglan has reached a major milestone following the news that Raglan Village Hall Association (RVHA) has secured a BIG Lottery (People and Places) grant.
Following initial consultations, the group demonstrated the hub would meet local needs by submitting a business plan, full needs analysis and measurement indicators to achieve £47,904 of Big Lottery funding, a critical factor for the next stage of the project.
Chris Butler-Donnelly, Chair of RVHA said: “Our vision combines Raglan’s brilliant community spirit with a modern focal point for local activity, bringing people together to improve the quality of life for everyone in our village. Thanks to the funding from the BIG Lottery, support from Monmouthshire County Council, and the hard work of local groups, individuals and businesses, the next stage of this exciting project can begin.”
Work will now progress to develop the design details of a community hub on the site of the former junior school in the centre of Raglan, and to obtain full planning permission. The RVHA will continue to consult residents, giving them the opportunity to directly shape their own community hub. The finalised designs and planning permission will form the basis of further submissions to BIG Lottery, and to other funders including the Welsh Assembly Government.
Chris added: “We look forward to seeing our community hub develop into a reality, and hope that local people of all ages will continue to support this project, share their ideas and expertise, and really shape an accessible, inclusive community space that we can all be proud of.”
Paul Matthews, Monmouthshire County Council’s Chief Executive expressed the council’s delight that the project was able to move to the next stage of its development: “We have been working closely with the RVHA for two years and are amazed at their commitment and dedication to ensure the delivery of a much needed local resource. They are an inspiring group for any community and are thoroughly deserving of this funding.”
The RVHA is continuing to fundraise for the project through local events, including a race night and grand draw on Saturday 24th September in Raglan’s Old Church School.
The RVHA meets in Raglan Old Church School on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm and meetings are open to all. If you would like to help the RVHA with its work or just know more about what the RVHA does contact Chris Butler-Donnelly on 07931 887744.