Market Overton village hall is better and brighter thanks for £16,000 revamp

Photo: MSMP240812-044ow'Committee members at the newly refurbished Village Hall at Market Overton. Secretary, Al Sarjeant, and his wife, Jane, who is the treasurer.
Photo: MSMP240812-044ow'Committee members at the newly refurbished Village Hall at Market Overton. Secretary, Al Sarjeant, and his wife, Jane, who is the treasurer.
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A £16,000 revamp driven by the late chairman of a village hall committee has finally been completed.

Work to refurbish the hall in Main Street, Market Overton, began in 2009 after former committee chairman Ken Warwick came up with the idea to extend the building.

Ken, a retired builder, wanted to increase the size of the hall and add a new kitchen and storage room.

Committee members were pleased with the finished extension and it triggered a plan to refurbish the whole hall.

Unfortunately Ken, who was the driving force behind the revamp, died last year before the project was complete.

But inspired by his vision, the committee pushed on and finished the work this summer.

The car park has been improved and new beds have been planted outside the hall.

Inside, the central heating and insulation have been upgraded and the whole hall has been repainted.

And a bench in memory of Ken and his vision has been placed outside the building to celebrate his legacy.

Committee secretary Al Sarjeant said: “The revamp has modernised and lightened the whole facility.

“It widens the use of the hall. It can be used for dance, exercise, sport and youth clubs as well as our regular nights through the year.

“For example, our Burns’ Night event brings in more than 100 people and we hold quiz nights and more.

“And it is not just a village hall. On Monday a woman came in with her daughter and her fiancé looking to book it for their wedding reception.”

Al said it was a shame that Ken was unable to see the completion of the project he inspired.

But he added: “Ken was the driving force. He would have been delighted with the result.

“He would have been happy to see that we have carried on his legacy and finished the project.”

The hall is available to hire for just £8 per hour. Contact bookings secretary Barby Jenkins on 01572 767502 or barbara@blackbirdcottage.plus.com for details.