Frequently asked questions

Q1 Why do we need a new village hall?

A According to the newspaper report from the Horncastle News dated January 29th 1921 ' the present hut of wood was bought, and has been erected rather as a temporary than a permanent memorial. It is hoped that at some distant date that it may be replaced by a brick building'. The existing hall is now 97 years old and not up to modern standards or legislation, it cannot provide the needs of a modern day community.

Q2 When and how was it decided that a new hall was required?
A The decision to replace the hall was made by the Parish Council in the 1990s, however the council were not allowed to apply for various grants. In 2000 it was decided to form a sub-committee which became the Mareham Le Fen and District Village Hall. In 2005 a referendum was carried out and the Parish Council distributed to all households in the parish an information sheet and voting slip. The result was that the community agreed to a new build on the Horncastle Road field and the charity purchased the new land for that purpose. At a meeting in 2015 the community again voted and agreed the sale of the hall but not the memorial lawn.

Q3 Who made the decision to proceed with the new hall?
A The parish, by means of a poll and a vote at various public meetings.

Q4 What will happen to the old hall?
A The building may go to a preservation society, the land will be sold for development.

Q5 What will happen to the memorial lawn?
A The lawn will remain under control of the Mareham Le Fen Village Hall and Memorial Lawn Charity for recreational use by the community.

Q6 How has the estimated cost of the build been derived?
A The estimated cost has been produced by Focus Consultants derived from many surveys and feedback from the parish. From this the architect designed the building for which planning permission was given.

Q7 Where is the money coming from?
A The money is from various grants, personal donations and the charities own fund-raising efforts.

Q8 Who is responsible for the project management of the new build?
A The responsibility of project management is with Chris Smith Bsc (Hons) MRICS ICIOB Building Surveyor of Focus Consultants.

Q9 Who advises the Mareham Le Fen Village Hall and Memorial Lawn Charity on planning and legal matters?
A Advice on planning has been from town planning consultants, architects and building surveyor, legal matters from 3 different specialist solicitors.

Q10 When will work start?
A The contractor is due on-site in March.

Q11 How long will it take to build?
A It is a 36 week contract.

Q12 How much disruption will there be and for how long?
A Disruption will be kept to a minimum, there will be some disruption on Horncastle Road for a short time while service connections are made in the road.

Q13 Will the green be open for use?
A For safety reasons, the majority of the green will be closed for public use during construction. However, the contractor will segregate a part of the green for public use.

Q14 When will the new hall be ready for use?
A It is expected to be ready for use in November 2017.

Q15 Who is the contractor?
A The contractor is Taylor Pearson Construction Ltd.

Q16 Is there any cost to the parish?
A No, the build is fully funded from grants, donations and charity raised funds.

Q17 What facilities will the new hall have?
A The new centre will consist of a main hall, 2 smaller meeting rooms one with a bar, a large kitchen to catering standard, a large store room, male and female toilets, 2 disabled toilets with baby changing facilities, an onsite car park with disabled parking bays and large outside recreation area.

Q18 Will it cost more money to maintain the new hall?
A It is designed to very high efficiency requirements and built with low maintenance materials, as a larger building there may be a minimal increase.

Q19 Who do I complain to if the disruption is causing a problem?
A The site manager Lewis Cartwright should be the first step, alternatively any of the trustees will help.

Q20 Will the new hall be a war memorial?
A No, the village has a dedicated war memorial in the cemetery and a memorial to all who served in WW1 in St Helens Church. However, it is anticipated that the official opening ceremony will give a dedication in recognition of the contribution the old hall has made to the community. The new hall will have a pictorial record of the old hall and the memorabilia, such as the dedication plaque and other artefacts, from the old hall on display.

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