Hard work pays off for mid Norfolk village of Lyng as it is awarded £750,000 Big Lottery grant
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It has been two years in the making but a mid-Norfolk village can finally celebrate - to the tune of almost £750,000.
The Big Lottery fund has awarded Lyng Village Hall with a grant of £744,516 to build a new community facility.
It is one of 1,903 projects across England to be given a share in more than £50 million of National Lottery funding through this latest round of investment.
The committee who put together the funding bid hope the new hall will revitalise the community and transform the lives of current and future residents.
They plan for it to offer educational and social groups for children and young people to reduce boredom, improve skills and confidence and raise aspirations.
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Older residents will have a meeting place, with activities such as an Over 60s Club reducing isolation and improving wellbeing.
Preschool activities and services will support new parents and families while community, social and fitness activities will integrate the school, nursery, families and other residents, creating a stronger, healthier, more active community.
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Spokesman Helena Riches said: 'This is the result of so much hard work and commitment from countless people over many, many years, and we give our heart-felt thanks to everyone who has given the project their support.
'We are also very grateful to Big Lottery of course, and to all the National Lottery players who have made this possible.
'It will give us a vibrant community hub, and residents whose paths would not currently cross will have a chance to get to know and understand each other.
'We are delighted to have been able to secure this grant for our community, and now look forward to starting work on the next – and most exciting – phase of our project. We couldn't be more excited.'
The team hopes to start work on the new build in October and it could take a year to complete.
It will mean demolishing the current dilapidated building and replacing it with the new facility, which will be around double the size.
Fundraising is ongoing, including a buy-a-brick scheme, along with events and activities.
The Lyng Fling and car boot sale is taking place on Sunday July 2 from 12-3pm on the field behind the Village Hall.