Community hall to be modernised, thanks to generous donation

Bishopstone Village Hall PNL-151029-124625001

Bishopstone Village Hall PNL-151029-124625001

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Bishopstone Village Hall Trust is celebrating receiving a £31,306 funding boost for the refurbishment of Bishopstone Village Hall.

The village hall has been at the hub of life in Bishopstone for almost 100 years, and is especially important now as the pub has closed and there are no other places for residents to meet.

Over the years, the trustees have done their utmost to maintain the rapidly deteriorating building, but it remains in urgent need of modernisation.

The grant has been obtained from SITA Trust, an independent funding body that provides funding through the Landfill Communities Fund.

It will enable refurbishment works to be carried out to address the problems and make the building more inviting and accessible for the whole community.

Chairman of the village hall trustees, Peter Gehnich, said: “This is fantastic news, and on behalf of our community, I would like to express our sincere thanks to SITA Trust for their significant contribution to the much-needed renovation and updating of Bishopstone Village Hall.”

Marianne Ivin, of SITA Trust, said: “The building had clearly become a bit old and tired and our funding will help to start some substantial refurbishment and improvement works.”