Van­dals tar­get­ing hall

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS -

VAN­DALS are tar­get­ing the vil­lage hall re­sult­ing in dam­age and theft from the build­ing, ac­cord­ing to Chidlow Progress As­so­ci­a­tion.

Kim Gra­ham, a mem­ber of the group who runs the monthly film night, said the sound sys­tem went miss­ing in Fe­bru­ary.

“Peo­ple may think that in­surance will pay for it, but in a non- profit or­gan­i­sa­tion like ours that is just not the case: ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity pays for it in the long run,” she said.

“Ev­ery cent we make is through fundrais­ing and grants and we have to be care­ful how we spend our pen­nies.”

Not long be­fore the equip­ment theft, some­one re­versed into the men’s toi­let block and dam­aged the brick wall, re- quir­ing the wall to be re­placed.

Group vice- pres­i­dent Jo Hal­lam said it was not the first time the com­mu­nity hall had been van­dalised.

“A few years ago the dam­age and at­tacks were so fre­quent, the com­mu­nity set up a vig­i­lante group to pa­trol the hall on a reg­u­lar ba­sis,” she said.

“While we don’t want to see that sit­u­a­tion again, the com­mit­tee would ap­pre­ci­ate if peo­ple, when driv­ing past the hall, could just keep an eye out and re­port any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity.”

Mun­dar­ing po­lice of­fi­cerin- charge Jeff Tay­lor said po­lice of­fi­cers pa­trolled the area reg­u­larly.

The dam­aged men’s toi­let block out­side Chidlow Hall.

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