Friday, 19 April 2019

Village hall makeover

REFURBISHMENT of the stage and main hall at Goring village hall will begin early next month.

The trustees of the building in High Street say they have secured most of the £50,000 they need.

Cresswell Construction, which is based in the village, will begin by reinforcing the wooden stage and adding new doors to the storage area. It will also replace the rear stairs and handrail, build a permanent back wall and upgrade the curtain supports.

In the summer, the hall’s power supply and lights will be upgraded and new permanent stage lighting with dimmer switches will be installed.

There will also be a new sound system with an induction loop for hearing aid users, new curtains, an adjustable stage extension, extra storage racks and a redecoration.

The hall will remain in use with work taking place between booked events.

The work is being funded by the Gatehampton Trust, South Oxfordshire District Council, the Goring Gap News, the Goring Gap Players, the village Arts Society, the National Lottery Community Fund, Karen Kelly, Sarah Pye and a number of local artists.

The trustees have raised £5,000 and paid about £10,000 from their reserves.

Chairman Bernard Novell said: “We’ve worked closely with the groups that use the hall to understand their needs and hopefully this will meet them. We wanted to make it a better place for all sorts of functions and I’m pleased to say the number of bookings is well above five years ago.”

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