Residents are urged to use Dyke Village Hall

From left, Les Panrucker, Iris Panrucker, chairman Marian Cropley, secretary Christine Woods, Doreen Blackman and Betty Davies
From left, Les Panrucker, Iris Panrucker, chairman Marian Cropley, secretary Christine Woods, Doreen Blackman and Betty Davies
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The management committee of a village hall are urging residents to use it or lose it as the centre is currently running at a loss.

A meeting is being held at Dyke Village Hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm to encourage people to use the facility.

Betty Davis, who sits on the Dyke Village Hall management committee, said: “People need to know that if they don’t use it they will lose it.”

“The village hall has always been at the heart of the community and it could be again but the villagers in Dyke need to actively use it.

“This is an appeal to the people who live in Dyke or Bourne to consider using the village hall if they have a function or run a group.”

Currently the hall is used for bingo, quizzes and WI meetings but remains empty for much of the week with groups such as karate classes no longer running.

Despite events like the village summer fair raising hundreds of pounds towards the cost of hall, the public building is still running at a loss.

Betty said: “I feel that a lot of people see the outside which is not that great and are put off, but inside it is 
brilliant.”

Last year the village hall opened a new kitchen after villagers and supporters spent months fundraising. A grant from the Big Lottery Fund of £7,902 was also awarded.

The village hall management committee members have been making door-to-door visits to deliver letters to residents informing them of the meeting.

The hall was built in 
1920.