Barham Village Hall
The reconstruction of Barham Village Hall began at the beginning of 2015 and was completed by late summer before being officially opened in October.
The new hall effectively doubles the size of the previous building, thanks to innovative design by Folkestone-based architects and surveyors Godden Allen Lawn. Their solution to the constraints imposed by the relatively small site was to build an extension on three out of four sides of the existing building. They also designed a new roof, incorporating roof lights along the ridge, thereby introducing natural light to the innermost parts of the new building. The extra 320 square metres of space provides accommodation for a shop, coffee shop, reception space, a new meeting/consultation room, cloakroom, accessible toilets and a store and kitchen for each of its two halls. As with many village halls, it provides a focus for the community, and hosts activities as varied as yoga, zumba, bee keeping, tai chi and art. The local WI, historical and horticultural societies, mother and toddlers’ and theatre groups all use the hall for meetings.
The £808,000 project was built with an award of nearly £.5 million from the Big Lottery Fund, £50,000 from Kent County Council and grants from The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, a KCC member’s grant and a significant element of community and local fundraising.