End of the road for village hall facelift

Stannington village hall committee members seen at their newly re-surfaced car park which cost �40,000.
Stannington village hall committee members seen at their newly re-surfaced car park which cost �40,000.

A MAJOR village hall make-over has reached the end of the road with the completion of car park works.

Committee members of Stannington Village Hall embarked on an ambitious scheme to radically spruce up the premises four years ago.

And after splashing out around £130,000 on the community facility, they were able to enjoy the benefits of improved lighting, heating, toilets, roofing, internal decoration and energy efficiency.

But while the inside of the building was brought up to tip-top condition, the committee feared that potential users could be put off by the shabby, pothole ridden car park.

Now though the hall has an exterior to match its smart interior after the Banks Community Foundation awarded £20,000 to re-surface the centre’s half of the car park, while the Ridley Arms provided the money for its share of the facility.

Committee Vice-Chairman Doreen Robson said: “One or two people who live near the hall and look out on to the car park have said they are astounded at the difference it has made.

“It was an absolute mess before. It was full of potholes because we get the big dray wagons coming in, which take their toll, though they can’t help it.

“The car park has never looked as good and it makes such an improvement to the building, the whole hall looks so much better.

“We spent a lot of money doing it up not that long ago and it looks finished off now. We would have liked to have done it all together, but we couldn’t possibly do that, we had to wait for this phase, but it has been worth it.

“It is all very smart and we are very proud of it. It looks really good and now we have a lovely inside and outside to the hall.”

She added: “We would like to thank Banks for the grant and everyone at Debmat Surfacing for the wonderful job they have done.

“We would also like to thank Fitzgeralds and the tenants at the Ridley Arms, who paid for the other half of the car park to be done, which helped to complete the whole picture.”

The hall offers various facilities for community groups, meetings and public events. There is a main hall with a stage, side rooms, a kitchen, toilets and facilities for disabled people.