New Community Centre for Garway

Garway Village Hall Charity

From the Trustees in association with and with thanks to

Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities Buildings

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Garway Village Hall Trustees are delighted to announce that Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities Buildings have awarded £717,906 to Garway Village Hall Charity to build a new Community Centre in the Parish. The Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities Buildings stated in their press release: “that Garway Village Hall Charity received the award to build a new village hall and community resource including a health and social care outreach centre, café and a modern hall and meeting facility”.

The Chair of the Trustees said “We are over the moon that the Big Lottery Fund has allocated such a magnificent grant to Garway Village Hall Charity. The Centre will enable the community to move forward and bring to life the services and activities that we have planned and will enrich life in Garway both now and for future generations.”

The Chair of the Project Management Group stated that the Community Centre will enable local people to come together, to develop and participate in a whole range of services, activities and functions. It will be fit for the 21st century – a Passivhaus design to minimise running costs, to be welcoming, multi-use, energy efficient and warm.

The Trustee’s Secretary would like to thank the Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities Buildings for their wonderful support, and the many departments of Herefordshire Council who so freely gave us hours of their time to help us prepare our application and to provide information to Big Lottery. In addition, we would like to thank HVOS and Community First whose support for our project has been absolutely outstanding. The project began after the Garway Parish Plan was produced and has run since April 2013. Finally, our thanks to the Trustee’s and those who joined the Project Management Group for their work and to the community for their support.

Following a hotly contested local competitive bid the design for the new Centre was awarded to Architects Simmonds Mills and their professional design team, based in Hereford. Working from a design brief and in association with the Project Management Group, a detailed design was prepared and a detailed planning application was submitted to Hereford Planning Department in May and was approved in September, together with an Outline Planning application for development of the existing Village Hall site.

The new Community Centre will be built on a site adjacent to Garway Primary School and opposite the existing Village Hall which has served the community well since the 1920’s

Garway is a village in rural isolation in the extreme south west of Herefordshire with a sparse transport system and the nearest medical facilities being some 7 miles away. The new Centre will benefit up to 800 people from the local area, in particular older people, young people and those without transport. The current Village Hall is central to every village event.

The new Community Centre will be a cost effective local community health/wellbeing and social hub. It will be in a new ecologically sustainable, very energy efficient Passivhaus multi- purpose flexible and accessible building. The facilities will allow us to support and develop services for the whole of the community, both now and in the future.

The new Community Centre will provide a bright airy space with a café/bar and kitchen, health and social care outreach centre, live entertainment and sports facilities which will make the Centre a hub for the community and for visitors both now and for many generations to come.


For more information, please contact Colin Robinson on 01600 75054401600 750544

or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Proposed New Community Centre Application

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Garway Village Hall trustees wish to inform you that we have presented our Stage 3 application for the Capital Building costs to the Big Lottery on 5th June 2015. We now await a response from the Big Lottery which is expected at the end of August or beginning September.

The Garway Village Hall Trustees held a public meeting on Wednesday the 13th May 2015 at 7.30pm, in Garway Village Hall,

At this meeting we presented the detailed plans, cost estimates, planning applications and the Business Plans for the New Community Centre. The Architects, Simmonds Mills, explained the design and layout of the Passivhaus building and the estimated cost.

After many applications and plans over the years Garway Village Hall Trustees had an early Christmas Present in December 2014 with the news that the Big Lottery had approved our Stage 2 application with the award of a Development Grant to fund preparation of detailed plans, cost estimates, planning applications and a business plan for a New Community Centre. All of this information has to be submitted by early June 2015 along with approved planning permission – a tight deadline but one we are determined to meet. If we are successful at stage 3 a Big Lottery Grant of £500,000 will be made available. Land for the new Centre has been offered by Margaret and Nick Oke – part of the field opposite the Old School.

Following an open Village Meeting on January 6th a Project Management Group has been set up – a combination of the Hall Trustees and local people who are keen to be involved and feel they can contribute. The first meeting of the group has been held and plans are underway….watch this space.

If you would like more information or to be involved please contact:

Malcolm Howard (Chair) email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. tel 01600750443

Colin Robinson (Secretary) email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view 01600750544