For over 70 years the hall has functioned as a central hub for many events in the Village of Bancroft including wedding and funeral dinners, community yard sales, dances, church functions and even town hall meetings.
Early in its existence, the structure served as an egg processing plant. The war-era Quonset hut was donated to the village in the 1940s by a local businessman, for use as a community hall.
Over the years of use, however, the building has deteriorated to an unusable condition which has forced the people of Bancroft to make a choice: either sell off their community center or to take action and seek to restore it. Many in the community did not want to see this facility, which has been such a beloved building in the lives of the people of Bancroft, be sold for private use. They want to see it remain a community hall that is available for the community to use.
It is for this reason that the Bancroft Village Council has granted approval for local volunteers, in conjunction with the Planning Commission, to raise the necessary funds and seek grants in order to see the Bancroft Community Hall restored and become a usable and attractive center of the Village.
After seeking initial bids and estimates, the Planning Commission has set a goal of raising $200,000 to fund this project. This cost will do more than simply make the Community Hall a useable structure. The dream, instead, is to make this building an excellent space that the people of Bancroft and the surrounding areas will seek out and desire to use for their community events.
This fundraising and restoration is a grassroots campaign and is made up entirely of local volunteers who want to see this vision become a reality.
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