Invitation to Jane Renney’s Photography Exhibition • Cocking Village Hall • Saturday November 16 2019 • 11am to 3pm
THE BLUE BELL COMMUNITY HUB INVESTORS NOW OWN THE BLUE BELL PUB BUT WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP
On 30th April 2019 the sale of The Blue Bell was completed with the financial support of so many Cocking residents, friends and supporters, some loans and partner grants. The Blue Bell Community Hub can now move forward, and tenders are currently out for the works required to complete the project and get the building open and serving the local community
This is a tremendous achievement and has, within the 6 months since we set out, managed to save a key asset for our community, providing a foundation that will support the area for years to come.
The Management Committee have now launched The Blue Bell Community Hub Refurbishment Fund and are applying for grants that may become available now that the building has been secured, to date, we have £115,000 in the fund.
Of the £660,000 (increased by £10,000 due to extra works needed for the toilets and front door disabled access) we needed to raise, £500,000 was for the purchase of the property, this has now been achieved with over 150 shareholders and donors to date.
The Blue Bell Community Hub Refurbishment Fund
The total refurbishment cost is £160,000 (increased by £10,000 due to extra works needed for the toilets and front door disabled access) and the balance of this will be achieved through further Community Share sales, donations, grants, other investors and community fundraising events.
There’s a lot of hard work ahead with many villagers offering their support and assistance in the clearance, garden preparation and decoration. The main bulk of the work will be carried out by contractors and this will commence once we have the funds and the tenders in.