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Social hall becomes the hub of community
SAVERNAKE Street Social Hall is the perfect example of a community coming together.
Management of the hall, located at the top of Eastcott Hill, is in the process of being handed over to a committee of local residents and users who are hoping to turn it into a community focal point.
It was previously controlled by the council but after it expressed a view to see the hall run by locals, the committee members stepped in.
Since last February they have hosted several events, including street parties and free shops.
“We want to see Savernake Hall become a real hub which everyone can use,” said Caroline Davies-Khan, the chairperson of the committee.
“The response from local people and the numbers who have come to our events has been fantastic.
“We are so excited for the future and cannot wait to have full control.”
The process of the handover is still ongoing but it is hoped the process will be completed later this year.
As it stands the committee can organise events, but booking the hall is still done through the council, which will still retain ownership of the building.
Last month the committee registered as a charity and, as such, is now eligible to receive grants.
The building has two halls. One has a capacity of 100 with the other being able to hold 40.
Caroline said: “Once we have full control we will be able to hire the hall out and because there are two separate halls we have real flexibility on what we can offer.
“Since we have been organising events there has been an increase in the number of people using it.”
As the popularity of the hall increases and they take over, the commitee will be looking for an army of volunteers to take over the running.
“We want anyone who wants to play some part and can offer even a small amount of time to get involved,” said Caroline.
“When we are running the building, we will need help so there will be plenty of opportunities available.”
Among the many events which regularly takes place is a Tea and Chat session.
Caroline says it is aimed at people who are retired or at a loose end and want to meet up for a chat with like-minded people.
“We have run several so far and the turnout has been very encouraging,” she said.
“It is a very informal event and because of a council grant we are able to offer the refreshments for free.”
While the previous Tea and Chat mornings have taken place in the afternoon, the next will take place between 9am and 11am on Friday, September 20.
Anyone who wants to find out more about the activities taking place at the Savernake Street Social Hall or who wants to volunteer, can visit www.facebook.com/Savernake StreetSocialHall.
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