Easton-on-the-Hill Village Hall ‘transformed’ with £130k refurbishment

Village Hall management committee chairman Tony Riley at the hall
Village Hall management committee chairman Tony Riley at the hall
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A VILLAGE hall revamp costing more than £100,000 is almost finished.

Workmen will scale the roof of Easton-on-the-Hill Village Hall in the next few weeks for the final stage of a six-year refurbishment project.

The hall has been transformed since 2006 with the installation of a new kitchen and heating system complementing a range of repair and maintenance work.

The project, which has cost about £130,000 so far, has been funded through a range of grants, donations and fundraising events.

And a recent grant of £2,000 from The Co-operative’s Community Fund has enabled the village hall management committee to pay for repairs to the Collyweston slate roof.

Committee secretary and village hall trustee Anne Cutforth said: “We are thrilled with the generous grant we have received from The Co-operative.

“Our building is beautiful, but in need of a few tweaks to make sure that people who use the hall enjoy their time there.

“Previously it was rather cold and the heating was so noisy you couldn’t hear anything.

“Now the whole place is much more user-friendly. It is much more comfortable for people to be there.”

The grade II listed building was built in 1670 and was used as a school for about 300 years before it was bought by the committee for use as a village hall.

Since the new kitchen and heating system have been installed, bookings have almost doubled.

The hall is now used for parties, clubs and a wide range of keep fit classes. Parish council meetings are also held there.

The hall has been a registered charity since 1977 and is owned by village residents.

Mrs Cutforth added: “The hiring charges are kept as low as possibly so anyone can use it. It has been a great community project.”

Many donors have contributed to the project over the past six years, including Cummins Generator Technologies in Stamford, the King’s Cliffe Environmental Association, Easton WI and the parish council.

More than £5,000 was raised through raffles and village galas.