A cold village hall has been transformed into warm community hub thanks to a £45,000 grant.

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The changes at Edgefield Village Hall, built before 1898, were celebrated by loyal supporters of the building during the monthly coffee morning today (Thursday).

It is hoped the improvements to the annexe and insulation will attract different people to the hall, including theatre and dance groups.

Dawn Hulbert, chairman of the Edgefield Village Hall committee, said: “The project has breathed new life into the building and we are very proud of what has been achieved thanks to these generous grants and our own fund-raising activities. The hall is already well used, but now it will be more comfortable for everyone.”

The committee received £40,000 from the Landfill Communities Trust and £5,000 from the North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) Big Society Fund.

Fund-raising by the committee also raised £4,000 which contributed towards the project.

“The transformation is terrific and the annexe is now a usable space. It will open up our world as to what we can do in the hall,” Mrs Hulbert added.

Before the work started in September, the annexe was cold and damp with concrete block walls and floor as well as rotting windows.

It is now warm, has a proper floor and window so can be used for storage and by theatre groups as a changing area.

It also includes a photocopier which can be used by anyone in the village.

The ceiling in the main hall has be re-insulated and it is hoped the changes will reduce the heating bills by a third.

NNDC leader Tom FitzPatrick, who was at the hall relaunch, described the work was “impressive” and said: “It makes it a warm and nice place for people to come to. It will increase the functionality of the building.

“Village halls are a focus for the community. They are places where people can meet. The worst thing that can happen is rural isolation.”

Mr FitzPatrick said Edgefield was a “vibrant community”.

Future fund-raisers for the hall include an Irish night in March; a talk by the High Sheriff of Norwich in May; and a curry night in October.

Anyone interested in joining the village hall committee should call Mrs Hulbert on 01263 587379.




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