Brie-lliant sisters' cheese fundraiser
A CHARITY French cheese and wine night will take place in Chapel Hill next week to raise funds for a new village hall.
Sisters Chantell Mayhew and Melanie Warnes recently moved to the area and have joined the community committee which is hoping to raise the funds needed to build a new hall.
The existing hall fell into a state of repair and the committee has been putting on events for the last four years to raise money.
Planning permission was given two years ago and there are plans to apply for the main grant funding in Spring 2014 to enable the build to go ahead.
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On Wednesday, October 30, the cheese and wine night will take place at The Royal Oak, Tattershall Bridge at 7.30pm.
There will also be a fun quiz and a raffle for a luxury hamper on the evening.
Chantell, said: "We recently moved to the area and they have been trying to raise money to build a new hall.
"In the winter the village gets really isolated and people can't get out so the hall is really important.
"We just thought we would help out a little bit."
The fundraising committee was set up four years ago by Guy Forman, Tony May and Mike Carr who together with other local residents have held various events from car boots sales to barbecues.
The committee received a grant of £8,900 from the Lottery towards the project and are hopeful of securing more grant funding to enable the work to progress.
Committee chairman, Guy Forman, said: "The old village hall got into a state of disrepair and needed to come down so we set up the committee and have been fundraising ever since.
"We have now raised an average of £4,000 a year but we couldn't fundraise the full amount and will be applying for grants.
"We are about to tender for the hall to be built and once we have that figure, expected to be around £200,000, we can apply to the main grant bodies.
"That's why it's so important for people to keep supporting us and come to the event because it shows the grant bodies we have got the support there."
The new hall is timber clad and will feature rain water harvesting and solar panels on its roof.
Tickets for the cheese and wine evening are £8 and include two glasses of wine and a cheese platter.