In 1999 the Association was successful in obtaining a National Lotteries Board Grant of £2,532 which was used to fund the installation of the suspended ceiling in the main hall and adjoining small meeting room. The ceilings cost £3,165 which included a thick layer of insulation material above the ceilings.
In 2006 major alterations were carried as the kitchen and toilets were all swopped around. What had been the ladies became a new kitchen. The gents became the ladies and the old kitchen became the gents with the addition of a new toilet for disabled access and baby changing facility. The storage cupboards, backing on to the new toilet, were built at the same time. Total cost was £22,884, funded by grants of £17,092 and fundraising. A new computer suite was also added with the benefit of broadband installation and a new telephone line.
In 2008 new chairs were bought for the Hall costing £1,057.
In 2011 DCC due to its own funding problems assessed every community building in County Durham and placed them in categories ranging from those to be retained and receive investment to those marked for closure. Fortunately Aycliffe Village Hall fell into the category to be retained and receive investment.
In June 2012 the Hall was used to celebrate a second Diamond Jubilee. This time that of Queen Elizabeth the Second. A commemorative stone had been installed in the wall and unveiled.
In October 2013 DCC decided that they would no longer fund the cost of a Caretaker for the Hall, following the retirement of the existing Caretaker.
The asset transfer process as it has become known has been ongoing since July 2011 and will end in March 2015.
As part of that process the Association has had to accept responsibility for the upkeep of the entire Hall both internal and external. Negotiations have been ongoing for many months to have DCC carry out outstanding external repairs prior to the transfer. The Association will be granted a new 30 year lease of the building.
An Extraordinary General Meeting was held on the 14 June 2014 to receive public backing for the charity to convert to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation and for all the assets of the Association to be passed to the new organisation. It was also necessary as part of the process for a new Constitution to be drawn up. This was approved. The new charitable organisation has the number 1158767.
The Hall is used by organisations such as Acle Cubs & Scouts, Women’s Institute, Aycliffe Village Local History Society, St. Andrew’s Church and Social Club. It is available to hire for private parties and outside bodies.
Bookings for hall hire should be sent direct to:-
firstname.lastname@example.org via the Facebook page or ring 07775 680804 for more information, booking or sponsorship.
The on-going viability of the Hall is dependent on the support of residents and the work of its Committee. The Annual General Meeting is always held on the second Monday in March and new volunteers are welcome.