We’ve been successful with our bid to the Ryedale District Council Community Investment fund!  Money has been provided to enable us to replace the dormer windows – the last major building work.

A strategy for turning the former school building into a hall for our community is set out in the business plan.  This plan forms the basis for fund raising and sets out the changes we expect to be able to make and the sequence in which we hope they will occur.  Approximate costs are included, as is the strategy for finding the money to do the work.  Because funding bodies are concerned to foster communities and are happier to provide funds for projects which strengthen them, we have called our project ‘A Community Hub for Gilling East’.

At last the former village school in Gilling is reborn as our village hall.  Little-used for many years, the ownership of the building was uncertain and it  fell into disrepair.  However, legal issues were eventually resolved so that the Church is now able to lease the building to the Gilling Village Hall Management Committee for community use.  Longstanding tenants of part of the building, but mostly concerned with their model railway track in the grounds, the Ryedale Society of Model Engineers has also formalised its occupancy of the site and the stage is set for a unique and mutually beneficial relationship.

Gilling Village Hall Management Committee is registered as a charity so that it can take advantage of the many funding opportunities currently available to generate cash to bring the building and its facilities up to a modern standard.  Grants, together with fund-raising in the village and perhaps some sponsorship, has enabled us to create a Hall which we hope will bring a new focus for the communities of Gilling, Cawton, Grimston and Coulton.  Whether you’re a badminton player, need a hall for a birthday party or wedding celebration, or are just happy to join in a relaxing coffee morning, the hall will be available.  We look forward to hearing your views as to what should be our priorities for the refurbishment. In short – watch this space!