Trimingham Parish Council awarded almost £500,000 for new village hall
- Credit: Ian Burt
Work is set to start on a new purpose built community centre in a rural village in north Norfolk after its parish council was awarded almost £500,000 from the Big Lottery Fund towards the project.
And, with the current hall located near the edge of a crumbling cliff in a 1930s building, the new hall ensures the future of many local groups.
Trimingham Parish Council has been awarded £425,712 towards the cost of a new village hall from the Big Lottery Fund.
Village hall management committeechairman Terry Brown said: 'This is great news.
'The pilgrim centre where group's currently meet is very tiny and was never intended as a community centre so it tends to be quite cold and difficult to make comfortable and that's the big difference this new hall is going to make.
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'Its going to enable us to grow the things we're doing at the moment and hopefully put on other things. We don't have a pub or a shop or a medical centre so we want to try to bring more services into the village.'
The project has been boosted by £30,000 through events ranging from car boot sales and keep fit sessions, to quizzes and whist drives.
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Mr Brown added: 'This has taken almost four years of work by a bunch of volunteers in the village and means that we're all guns blazing now.'
Sheringham based SMG Architects Ltd have been contracted to design the new building which is expected to get underway by May 1, 2017.
A spokesperson for the Big Lottery Fund said: 'The project aims to reduce isolation and bring the community together through the provision of a new modern and fit for purpose hall.
'A community hub will be built to serve the entire parish with a wide range of activities and services.
'The outside space, play equipment and youth club will address the needs of the younger members of the community. They will also run larger and additional lunch clubs as well as health related activities, which will directly respond to requests from older members.'