Developments

Latest update:

As anyone who has visited the Hall will know, car parking is in short supply. We have been looking at options to improve it for a few years now, and have reached the conclusion that since the building dates from 1934, a new hall is the answer. Many of you will know that we have been raising funds for the new build for several years, and we have had fantastic support from 12 separate sponsors, including of course the residents of Lamplugh and surrounding villages, who have contributed magnificently ! We now -Autumn 2019- have at least 90% of the funding we need for the new build, plus full Planning Permission from Copeland Borough Council (unanimous committee vote) and a local farmer (thank you Mr and Mrs Martin) has very generously given us the land we need to expand. Our main sponsor, the Big Lottery Fund, is urging us to start building works as soon as possible.
We have two final bids in for the remaining funding we need, and hope that the National Farmers Union Mutual Charitable Trust and the Clothworker’s Foundation will look kindly upon our applications.
The exciting news is that from early Spring 2020, just after Burns Night, we will be building a NEW VILLAGE HALL on land just behind the existing hall. We have a Quantity Surveyor appointed to lead the project, an architect is also on the team, and we will appoint our chosen building contractor soon. Work will take until early Autumn 2020, and we will create a bigger, warmer, brighter village hall, with a main hall and a separate Meeting Room (so two events can happen at the same time), modern bar, toilets, seating areas, all fully wheelchair accessible, PLUS (for the first time ever) a proper, good-sized car park ! We intend to run Lamplugh Village Hall well into the middle of the 21st Century and beyond, and we aim to entertain, educate, stimulate and amuse the local community, including new guests who may have been put off by the poor car parking, but who (from next year) should be fine !
During building work we will be doing all we can to minimise disruption to existing classes and groups. Please bear with us, it will be worth it to get fabulous new accommodation next year !
For further information, please contact the New Build Group, Lamplugh Village Hall.
November 2019.