A building which is at the heart of the community in Oakham has had its kitchen refurbished thanks to a £45,000 funding award.
The trustees of the Victoria Hall received the funds through the Biffa Award and have used the money to fit a new modern kitchen at the hall.
The existing facilities in the room were out-of-date and in need of a full refurbishment in order to meet and exceed regulations and legislation.
The kitchen now has new equipment, flooring and wall cladding. The electrics, ventilation, water, gas and fire safety were also renewed to safeguard the hall which is used by many charities and community groups.
Trustee Mike Pearson said: “The Victoria Hall is a significant asset to Rutland and the county town of Oakham and a great benefit to the local community.
“The main function room is a wonderful space for large gatherings, and can accommodate up to 200 guests.
“We are truly delighted with this award and are confident that this kitchen project will assist in securing the long term financial viability of the hall.”
The trustees consulted with groups and users of the hall before deciding that the refurbishment work was needed.
They then applied for the Biffa Award, which is a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK. The much needed refurbishment project was awarded funding under the award’s Community Building category.
The Victoria Hall is a Grade II listed building used by the local community, Oakham Town Council meetings, and an office for Rutwel, the community support service for adults with learning disabilities.
The hall is also the home of Rutland Arts Theatre Group, and a venue for yoga classes, dance classes, NADFAS/ODFAS group monthly meetings, U3a group meetings monthly, as well as weddings, parties, charity events, christenings and funeral wakes.
There are also regular craft and antique fairs.
Chairman of the trustees John Allman said: “This is a marvellous achievement and we are delighted with the brand new kitchen facilities.
“I would invite members of the community to come and visit and take advantage of the modern and fantastic new amenities right in the town centre of Oakham.”
The trustees have thanked other businesses, groups and individuals for their work on the project, including; The Rotary Club of Rutland; The Oakham Memorial Institute; The Rutland Trust; Jeakins Weir; trustee John Sims, Richard Adams, Market Harborough Building Society Charitable Foundation and NADFAS Oakham Group ODFAS.
For more information about the Victoria Hall, visit www.victoriahall.org or call 01572 722496.