Published: February 20, 2011
Berrow Village Hall to re-open after £340,000 refurbishment project

Berrow's new-look village hall is set to re-open in March following a major £340,000 refurbishment project.

Building work has just been completed on the extended facilities, which include a new meeting hall, meeting room, hallway, kitchen and toilet facilities.

Villagers raised over £100,000 for the project over the course of 10 years and generous grants were also received from Viridor Credits, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset County Council and Berrow Parish Council.

The official re-opening is set to take place on Saturday 5th March at 11am when the public will be able to come and take a look and the impressive, modern building.

Owen Davies, Treasurer of the Berrow Community Association, which oversaw the project, told "We are delighted with the building and are very grateful to all those who have given their support and finance over the past ten years."

"Over £100,000 has been raised by the village and we are also grateful to the support we have received from Somerset County Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Viridor Credits and the Parish Council."

"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."

"There 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 regular clubs."

The hall's flat roof - which was built in the 1970s - has also been demolished and replaced with a tiled, sloping roof as part of the project.

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 its secretary, Moira Anderson, on 782512.

Our photos show Berrow Community Association's Vice Chairman Carol Dyer, Hall Manager Trevor Difford and Treasurer Owen Davies


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