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SEATON: Fundraiser set to raise the roof

Thursday, 12 June 2014

A HUGE fundraising project to find at least £20,000 to repair the roof of the Mariners’ Hall in Beer was given a helping hand by the parish council this week, writes KEVIN?FAHEY. Councillors agreed to kickstart the fundraising by providing £1,000 and also fully supported applications to other agencies for grants to help the management committee of the Mariners’ Hall find the necessary funds for the work. “We have also applied for another grant from Invest in Devon which comprises six local communities including the likes of Beer, Seaton and Axminster,” said Councillor Martin Richards, who is chairman of the parish council. “Invest in Devon has money to help fund projects and they decide whether to give it to just one or share it around between two or three. “The Mariners’ Hall is vital to the village so we will do everything we can to help find the money for the repairs.” The Mariners’ Hall has recently undergone big change in its management personnel – all of whom are volunteers – with Mike Parker taking over as chairman, Sue Ball vice-chairwoman and Martin Ball property maintenance and treasurer. They immediately faced the issue of the on-going problem of the leaks in the roof so began the process of seeking funding. “I am picking up where the last committee left off and temporary repairs have been made to the original repairs but the roof is 50 years old and coming to the end of its natural life,” said Mr Ball. “We are at the start of the process at the moment and the grant from Beer Parish Council was a pre-condition in applying for larger grants that we may be able to get.” The Mariners’ Hall was built in 1958 to serve the community and comprises a large main hall, which can seat 200 theatre style or 100-120 for dinner plus a large stage that can accommodate an 18 piece band. There is a fully equipped kitchen on ground floor and upstairs there is a bar and a meeting room for up to 35 people. The facility is used for numerous village activities, from short mat bowls, badminton, the annual produce and flower show, the Beer Regatta and coffee mornings plus it is also hired out commercially for events like the regular craft fairs and wedding receptions.

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