Sunday, 15 July 2018

£18,000 makeover for hall

A PARTY was held to mark the £18,000 renovation of Stoke Row village hall.

A PARTY was held to mark the £18,000 renovation of Stoke Row village hall.

The hall off Benares Grove has been double-glazed and insulated and wood panelling has been fitted to the outside. It was also painted and new curtains fitted.

Dozens of people attended the official re-opening on Friday, including South Oxfordshire District Council chairwoman Margaret Turner and children from Stoke Row School.

A plaque thanking donors was unveiled. Among those to contribute towards the cost of the work were local historian Angela Spencer-Harper and her husband Bob, who attended the party.

The Trust for Oxfordshire?s Environment gave a £10,000 grant and Grundon Waste Management also contributed towards the work, which was completed in March.

Debbie Waltham, a member of the village hall committee, said: ?I?d like to thank everyone who helped us financially. Without their support we wouldn?t have been able to achieve what we have.

?I?d also like to thank everybody who uses the hall ? without them it wouldn?t have its soul.

?Finally, thanks to the committee, a small group of very enthusiastic members.

Let?s support the hall now and fill it with little ones and not so little ones.? Chairman Trevor Miller said: ?I?m very pleased with how it looks now.

?People used to pull up to come and rent the place and the outside would put them off. We wanted to make it look better and I think we?ve achieved that.

Eventually we?d like to do things like weddings here.?

The committee now wants to raise about £85,000 to pay for a second phase of work including a new kitchen and toilet block.

Parts of the hall are more than 100 years old.

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