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Whippingham Community Association (WCA)
Whippingham Parish Council has successfully applied for a large grant of 106 money from the Isle of Wight Council to refurbish the heating, kitchen and remaining windows in Whippingham Community Hall.
This is a big project and will take about 6 weeks to complete. During this time the kitchen will be out of use. It is hoped the hall will only be totally out of use for a maximum of 5 days and after that some rooms will be available to the public for hire.
A successful briefing meeting has been held between the Whippingham Community Association, Whippingham Parish Council and the Local Isle of Wight Councillor regarding the proposed start date of the refurbishments of the Community Hall.
It is planned that the Project will start on the 23rd January 2017 providing the 106 money has been paid into Whippingham Parish Council’s bank account.
In the twenty-five plus years the Whippingham Community Association has managed the village hall, a host of activities have taken place; whether its tea dances and whist drives for older members of the community; keep fit and weightwatchers for the middle group or band practice and drama workshops for younger people. Members of the Association have voluntarily worked to benefit our neighbourhood.
If you have a small amount of time and would like to help to ensure the continuing success of the Community Association, please get in touch and let us know. We would appreciate your support.
To remind people of the historic importance and the quality of the rural environment, the Association obtained lottery funding to develop a Heritage Trail around Whippingham. The notice boards at the Heights and at the Hall came from this source as did the Heritage Trail leaflets obtainable through local outlets and tourist offices. The information boards are also part of the project as is some of the capital equipment obtained by the Association.
The Hall was built by Sam Saunders of Saunders Roe just over 75 years ago. It has served the community well throughout this time, but if one looks at the next 25 years the Hall will need to become more energy efficient and it may need to re-organise its interior space and offer broadband internet connections to reflect the changing needs of our community.
There is no doubt that more developments will extend from East Cowes towards Whippingham and our schools still don’t appear to have a clear and certain future. Development in itself is no bad thing and might bring jobs, but it would be good to think that the developments that do occur will fit with the rural nature of the area. To contact the Association, please write to:
Mrs G Taylor
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