PAUL CROSS is something of an expert on the history of the village of Paull having written the Paull Heritage Trail booklet. So when Mr Cross, who is also the Treasurer of the Paull Village Hall, states that something is “probably one of the most significant events in the History of the Village” – then we should all stop and take notice!
Paul Cross was referring to the National Lottery application recently submitted to the Big Lottery Fund for a new half-a-million pound Village Hall.
We reproduce Paul’s entry published on the Village Hall Website:
“We have arranged a Public Meeting to take place in the Village Hall on Thursday 26th April 2012 (7:00pm) when a presentation will be given to bring everyone up to date with our Lottery Application. The application for £538,970 was submitted on the 11th April 2012 and the BIG Lottery now have until 16th July 2012 to advise whether we have been successful or not.
At the Public Meeting we shall update you on what we hope to get for our money, risks involved, how it will be constructed particularly to meet government regulations, the timescales involved and what we can expect on completion including how we intend to operate the hall.
We will welcome your views and questions and hope to be able to answer them. We shall also provide an update on the Wind Turbine Application and the possible benefits. So please come along and hear all about the project that was top of your list but also probably one of the most significant events in the History of the Village.”
Whatever the outcome of the Lottery bid, then the process of making the application has been a learning experience that other groups can learn from. We hope that Paul and the Village Hall Committee can devise a way to share this learning experience with other groups in the area.
Perhaps a course on Making Successful Funding Applications should be one of the first workshops on offer in the new Paull Village Hall!? I’m sure many community groups in the area would pay a small fee (towards the running costs of the Hall) to benefit from the Paull experience, wisdom and insight!