Metfield Village Hall transformed after Big Lottery Fund grant will benefit South Norfolk community
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A village hall has held a grand re-opening following a substantial extension and refurbishment after receiving a grant from the Big Lottery Fund.
In a bid to challenge social and rural isolation, Metfield Village hall has undergone a transformation - celebrated with a launch event - which will hopefully enable it to more adequately meet the needs of the community.
The grand re-opening, which took place on Saturday, March 11, marks the start of a long and varied schedule of events.
The new facilities include a large extension overlooking the garden to rear of the hall, a connecting area between this and new parts of the building, which also doubles up as a meeting space, a professional kitchen and a new bar area.
Built in 1934, Metfield Village Hall serves a vital role in the lives of the 380 or so strong community.
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In recent years though it has become increasingly clear that the single main room of the hall was unable to meet the needs and competing demands of the different age groups within the area.
Volunteers have sought the encouragement and advice of other successful village halls and community centres, such as the Pennoyer Centre and Huntingfield Hub.
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In 2014 a group of volunteers made an application to the Big Lottery Fund, explaining how the development of the hall and the provision of enhanced facilities would allow for more use of the hall from a greater percentage of the community.
It also demonstrated how it would allow for potential partnerships with local organisations and businesses.
A grant from the Big Lottery Fund was confirmed in January 2016. Work began following further financial assistance from Mid Suffolk District Council, the local community and a popular 'buy a brick' scheme.
Lorraine McEvoy, chairman of Metfield Village Hall Committee, said: 'We are delighted with the improvements to the village hall and excited about how these changes will benefit residents.
'The new improved version of Metfield Village Hall will be overseen by a committee and run by volunteers.
'Activities will be particularly designed for the needs of young people, the elderly and home workers as well as providing a relaxed meeting place for everyone.'