With initial help from a local farmer and using the services of Swale Borough Council’s community pay back scheme the site, on which the Hall stands, was cleared and a lawned garden set out at the rear. Taking advantage of the Kent Free Trees scheme and with a grant through the Landowner Partnership Project a hedgerow was planted around the back garden. This space is available for use by hirers of the Hall.
To reduce maintenance soil either side of the Hall was removed off site, weed control membrane laid and topped with shingle. Another donation of free trees, from The Woodland Trust this time, were planted along our northern border. In common with the first planting the trees were a mixture of native varieties suitalbe for forming a traditional hedge including Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Hazel, Dogwood and Field Maple.
The services of Swale Borough Council’s community pay back scheme and another local farmer were again used to improve the right hand side of the car park. The soil was dug out, removed from site and the hole back filled with roadstone.
With a grant from the National Lottery, Awards for All, (A4A) new double glazed windows and external doors have been installed improving the Halls ‘green credentials’. The glazing being of toughened and laminated glass improved security. The thermal insulation of the Hall was further improved by the installation of cavity wall insulation and loft insulation over the toilet and bar areas financed by Hall funds. Energy costs were further reduced by the fitting of LED lighting throughout the Hall and electronic timers on the water heaters and toilet room heaters to prevent them being inadvertently left switched on. LED external floodlights were also fitted.
Another grant from A4A financed a new kitchen with all new modern appliances. A specialist entrance carpet was fitted in the entrance passageway in an attempt to reduce the moisture and debris bought into the Hall on footwear. With the support of the Lynsted with Teynham WI, our KCC and SBC Ward Councillors a Public Accessible Defibrillator has been installed on the front of the Hall.
The Hall is available for hire by parishioners and by residents in the surrounding communities, with personal recommendation widening even further the catchment area. The various user groups also promote it by actively encouraging membership of their respective groups. Every effort is made to give value for money, keeping the hire rates at an affordable level whilst ensuring that the Hall provides a comfortable and safe environment available for hire. . housing associations’ resident's meetings. The successful campaign to buy the Hall gave local people confidence in what they could achieve, which is further increased through tackling the improvements needed.
As Teynham is identified in Swale Borough Council’s Core Strategy as a sustainable location for development for its good range of local services, facilities and rail link and that it also serves the small rural communities around it, with the strong possibility of housing development, the Hall Committee is confident that the need for this well-loved Hall is set to continue. By enhancing the comfort and the general appearance of the Hall it will encourage greater sustainable usage to ensure its long term financial viability.