Boost for Redford Village Hall funds

The capacity audience of 100 enjoyed the music of the Joe Stilgoe trio at Redford Village Hall, north of Midhurst
The capacity audience of 100 enjoyed the music of the Joe Stilgoe trio at Redford Village Hall, north of Midhurst
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REDFORD Village Hall was the venue for outstanding musical entertainment by the Joe Stilgoe trio.

The internationally-acclaimed jazz pianist, songwriter and singer has performed for the annual fundraising event for the past five years.

Hall treasurer Roger Lovett, right, receives the cheque from Graham Pooley, Grange trustee

Hall treasurer Roger Lovett, right, receives the cheque from Graham Pooley, Grange trustee

Tickets were sold out in advance and the capacity audience of 100 raised more than £1,000 towards building works to re-roof and refurbish Redford Village Hall.

Roger Lovett, chairman of Woolbeding with Redford Parish Council, said: “The hall was built in 1959 at the initiative of residents but is now overdue for major renovation. Thermal insulation, replacement doors, windows and upgrade of the electrics have joined the roof replacement priority. The work should be completed this time next year.”

During the cheese and wine supper, a generous donation towards the refurbishment was presented by the Grange Community Association, a Midhurst-based charity. The association’s objective is to enable residents to enjoy a healthy lifestyle as well as a relaxed and rewarding life.

Mr Lovett added: “This is the latest award providing essential support for a thinly-populated rural community. The hall provides a small building for public hire and is used weekly for yoga classes and occasionally for cycling club event support.”

Redford Village Hall has pre-fabricated wooden sections with a roof of asbestos sheeting. Eight grant funds have been awarded in addition to fundraising, meaning two-thirds of the estimated costs are secured.

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