A bunch of talented Bolney residents put on a unique show to help raise much needed funds for their new village hall.
Villagers of all ages took to the stage to perform in their own version of the popular TV talent show and raised over £2,000 towards the building of the new Rawson Hall.
The audience at the sold-out event on 15th March were treated to a mixture of comedy acts, and song and dance routines from performers aged from just 4 up to 63 years.
The youngest competitors formed a choir aptly named ‘The Ahh Factor’, who performed ‘Doh a Deer’ from The Sound of Music, whilst Karaoke King, Roger Hawke entertained the packed hall with his rendition of Rod Stewart classic anthem ‘I am Sailing’.
Ultimately, the children’s competition was won by Lydia Goodridge, and father and son duo, Mark and Christian Streater were crowned adult champions after wowing Villagers with a fantastic Street Dance routine that secured them the majority of the votes.
Organiser Sarah Bridger said, “It was a closely fought battle for the title and the standard of the competition was incredibly high. It was amazing to see how much quality talent exists in our small village, and we thank everyone who took part to help us raise such a fantastic amount towards our new hall”.
The state-of-the-art facility is being built at a cost of over £1million and will take approx 40 weeks to complete. Incorporating fabulous new sports changing facilities, a community hall, café and toilet facilities, the new Rawson has been many years in the making and Villagers are determined to finally make it happen.
Helen Mullany, of the Rawson Hall Management Committee’s fundraising team explains, “The existing dilapidated Rawson Hall has been sold for redevelopment, which will fund the majority of the build, and a Public Works Loan of £300,000 has been approved by the Parish Council. In addition, The Rawson Hall Management Committee has successfully applied for and secured several grants, including one of £50,000 from Sport England.
There are now sufficient funds in place to complete the majority of the build, but a shortfall does exist and a team of determined fundraisers have pledged to raise £50,000 to help close the funding gap.”
As well as ‘Bolney’s Got Talent’, Villagers will be holding a series of events over the coming year, including a Dog Show on May 18th, a Clay Pigeon Shoot on 29th June and the ‘Buy-A-Brick’ campaign, - offering donors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a part of Bolney’s history by having their name engraved onto a display wall in the new building.
Anyone can make a donation for a brick, to be engraved with their individual, family or child’s name for future posterity.
To see plans for the new hall or to download a ‘Buy A Brick’ order form, go to www.bolneyrawson.wordpress.com . For info on events, join our Facebook page ‘New Bolney Village Hall Fundraising Page’ or contact Helen Mullany on 01444 881348/ email firstname.lastname@example.org