Boxford Village Hall
One recent beneficiary of a £30,000 CBIP grant is a new Boxford Village Hall.
The new building sits proudly on the edge of the recreation ground, which has already become a magnet for families and others, with its modern and safe childrens' playground and tennis courts. There is a large attractive covered veranda with a view over the recreation ground to the village nestling in the hollow below.
The new Hall has two areas which, being sound-proofed, can be used at the same time. The Teddy Bear's pre-school has primary use of the first space, while the second is available at the same time for community activities and meetings. With flexibility in mind at other times, one large hall can be created by using both spaces. There are all the usual facilities, including a well-equipped kitchen and changing rooms with showers for those using the sports field and tennis courts.
It is a remarkable building. With 8 solar panels, water from a well, a heat pump, and LED lighting, it is estimated that the hall's energy consumption will be zero and the building also fits in well with the environment - a model for what a small parish hall should be.
Wendy Dacey, Community Building Advisor for the Community Council for Berkshire, said: "This is the first new village hall to be built in West Berkshire for a very long time and it is very impressive".
Popular novelist, journalist and broadcaster Sebastian Faulks, who lives locally, officially opened the new-look Boxford Village Hall on Sunday 7th September 2014.