March 5, 2011 In
video and photos: New £340,000 Berrow Village Hall is opened
Berrow's new-look village hall was officially re-opened on
Saturday (March 5th) following a major £340,000 refurbishment
Over 50 people attended a ceremony in which the new-look facilities
were opened by Berrow Parish Council Chairman Jenny Bentley.
As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com
last month, building work has recently been completed on the
extended facilities, which include a bigger communal hall, new
meeting room, hallway, kitchen and toilet facilities.
Villagers raised a massive £115,000 for the project over
the course of 10 years and grants have been received from Sedgemoor
District Council (£35,000), Somerset County Council (£33,000),
Viridor Credits (£25,000) and Berrow Parish Council (£15,000),
with the remainder of the money coming from a bank loan.
Fei Lung Kwan kung fu group, which is based at the hall, performed
a short demonstration and dragon display for the audience at the
start of Saturday's ceremony before Mrs Bentley thanked the supporters
and then cut a ribbon to open the hall.
said: "We are thrilled with the new building, which is one
of four projects completed during my time as Chairman. We are
very grateful to all those who have given their support and finance
over the past ten years."
Jane Moreton, Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
at Saturday's ceremony: "This is a fantastic community facility
- it's incredible that a small village like this has raised so
much towards it, which really shows the strength of the backing
there is from local people."
Owen Davies, Treasurer of the Berrow Community Association, which
oversaw the project, added: "We now have an additional main
hall which is the same size as the original and the two can be
opened up together to give a marvellous space for all sorts of
functions such as parties, wedding receptions and dances."
is also a new meeting room, ideal for small clubs. The toilets
and kitchen have been enlarged and renewed and the whole building
internally decorated. The rooms are also available for ad hoc
meetings and training sessions during the day, as well as for
Local councillors Bob Filmer and Alan Ham - who both worked to
gain funding for the project - were also among those present at
The popular hall is actively used by more than 20 groups, who
have all temporarily been meeting elsewhere during the building
work. The groups provide bowling, drama, gardening, bingo and
music, and also include the Parish Council, U3A and the WI. To
hire the hall, contact secretary, Moira Anderson, on 782512.
Our photos show Saturday's official opening of the new village
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