Funding experts at Focus Consultants have secured £½ million to help a rural community build a new village hall.The £456,225 Big Lottery Grant will enable Mareham le Fen Village Hall near Boston in Lincolnshire to replace a 100-year-old tin and timber hall with a modern, more central facility.The news, which comes on top of an earlier £43,775 Big Lottery Grant also secured by Focus, has special significance for one Focus employee, who grew up in the village, has family living there and who played a key role in helping to secure the grant.

“Focus as a company has helped to achieve millions of pounds in grants for numerous organisations ranging from major museums to large companies, but it was particularly pleasing to learn that we’d successfully secured the Big Lottery Grant for Mareham le Fen, which is the village I grew up in from the age of five and the place that my mum still lives,” said Focus building surveyor Chris Smith, who works in the Boston office of Focus.

“When I heard the village was raising money for a new village hall, I offered our services as consultants, and I am delighted that everything is pointing to a successful conclusion to the plans to build a new community facility in Mareham le Fen.”

Chris worked with members of the funding team at Nottingham-based Focus Consultants to put together reports for the Big Lottery Grant bid. 

Chairman of Mareham le Fen Village Hall Committee, Graham Beacham, said: “We were delighted by the news that the village has been awarded this Big Lottery Grant, and would like to thank the team at Focus for their hard work and expertise.”

The village hall committee, which has also successfully secured grants from Lincolnshire County Council and East Lindsey District Council, is now waiting to hear from other funding sources it has applied to before embarking on building work. The committee hopes that building work may start in spring, with completion six months later. 

It is planned that the new hall will be used seven days a week to host dance and fitness sessions, arts and crafts activities, a luncheon club, social events, and meetings. The new hall will also be a venue for private functions such as weddings and christenings, and will be more central for the village, safer and with access to car parking, and will be wheelchair friendly.

In 2012, Focus Consultants successfully helped villagers in Heydour in Lincolnshire to secure £458,133 funding from the Big Lottery Fund to build a new community centre. The money allowed the village to tear down the old World War One officers’ mess hut and replace it with a modern and versatile community facility. The £750,000 project was completed a year later.

Focus, which also has offices in Aubourn, Lincolnshire, in Holborn, London, and in Leicester, is a specialist in helping clients to secure grants, and since its creation in 1994, the company has helped to secure more than £925 million of grant assistance for a range of projects and businesses across the UK and delivered more than £1.0 billion worth of projects and programmes – making it one of the most successful businesses of its kind in the country.

For more information on funding available for communities please visit or contact the funding and economic development team on 0115 976 5050.Press release issued by Nottingham PR company Perfect 10 PR