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It’s hall looking good!
THE first phase of an ambitious refurbishment project has transformed a village hall for the future.
A band of Hale residents on the hall committee and the Hale Social Committee have been working to raise funds to bring their hall up to scratch.
They spent about £25,000 on work for the hall, including a new fire alarm and emergency lighting system, a new boiler, external repairs and repainting.
Funding has come from a number of sources, including CSG, the operators of the Pound Bottom landfill site and part of the Entrust initiative, the National Lottery, Hampshire County Council and the Co-operative Society.
Additional local fundraising included donations from the local horticultural society and the social committee, which ran a fundraising auction of promises and a Big Lunch.
Secretary and project manager Chris Fairgrieve said: “We have been incredibly impressed how generous the various charitable organisations have been to our refurbishment project.
“It means that an asset built in the 1930s will continue to provide comprehensive amenities to the village for the foreseeable future.”
Now the first phase has been completed the committee is now working to raise funds to pay for phase two next summer.
This is planned to include replacement of the hall |lighting, refurbishment of the kitchen and hall floor and remodelling of the entrance hall.
This phase is expected to cost between £45,000 and £60,000 and the committees are hopeful they can raise the money on time, especially as the local school uses the hall extensively and a new kitchen would be necessary for that.
Mr Fairgrieve added: “It’s going to be a challenge to raise enough money to do all we want to do in the way we need to do it – it’s going to cost close to £90,000 in the end and the third phase is still under discussion.”
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