Preserving historic buildings in Loddon for the benefit of the community
A Brief History of the Trust
In 1996 Loddon Parish Council investigated the purchase of the Old Town Hall.
It soon became apparent to the Council that in order to maximise funds for the significant cost of restoration and management of the Old Town Hall, it was necessary to set up a Preservation Trust which would have Charitable status and be completely separate from the Council.
The Loddon Buildings Preservation Trust was duly set up as a charitable company, limited by guarantee, with membership invited from the general public.
The membership is on two levels – annual or life.
The Board consists of 5 Directors and a Company Secretary.
The Directors are elected by the Life members of the Trust and carry out their duties purely on a voluntarily basis.
They normally meet every 6 weeks.
The management of the buildings is time consuming and involves lots of voluntary input by the Directors – ‘hands on’ work is often required.
The Old Town Hall
The Parish Council purchased the Old Town Hall, with a loan from the Public Works Loan Board, and leased it to the Loddon Buildings Preservation Trust so they could restore and manage the property.
The Old Town Hall is a Grade II Listed Building, which was falling into disrepair.
It is the intention of the Loddon Buildings Preservation Trust, with preferential grant assistance, to renovate and revitalise the building and bring it back into public usage.
The building comprises of a series of rooms, which were originally formed around a central entrance hall.
The Entrance Hall has been refurbished and its Victorian tiled floor cleaned and is now used as the Town and Tourist Information Centre.
The Trust has been able to obtain grants from the Broads Authority and South Norfolk towards the cost of running of the Information Centre.
Part of the building is let to a hairdressers, the remaining room is currently unoccupied.
During 1997 Norfolk County Council decided that their Youth and Community Service would change direction.
This caused much concern throughout the County with each centre vying to become the area base and thereby retain the buildings for Community use.
Most of their Community Centres were destined to be closed, including The Hollies.
The area around Loddon was fortunate that the Parish Council had set up the Buildings Preservation Trust.
Together they were able to negotiate leases of all the buildings forming The Hollies.
The Parish Council delegated their part in the day-to-day management of the buildings to the Trust, so that no cost fell on the rate-payers.
The Hollies Buildings
The Hollies – comprises of two halls and is available for hire locally.
It is currently the venue for Loddon Country Market.
The Hollies Classroom – is a timber building behind the main Hollies building.and is currently the permanent home of Loddon Nursery School.
The Library Annexe
Comprises two halls adjacent to the Library and is entered via the Library entrance on the right of the building.
The first hall is currently occupied by Loddon Parish Council.
Contacting the Trust
For further information please enquire through Loddon Parish Council.