Funding boost for Redford Village Hall renovation project

Hall treasurer Roger Lovett, right, receives the cheque from Graham Pooley, Grange trustee SUS-151216-095035003

Hall treasurer Roger Lovett, right, receives the cheque from Graham Pooley, Grange trustee SUS-151216-095035003

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Redford Village Hall is to get a share of £2.6m being handed out from the Big Lottery Fund to 123 organisations in the South East for community projects.

Villagers are celebrating after hearing they will get £10,000.

It is to be used to help fund a major refurbishment and modernisation project being carried out in at the hall which sits at the heart of the remote rural community.

The refurbishment includes the replacement of wooden window and door frames.

Announcing the award a Big Lottery Fund spokesman said: “This will provide an updated and suitable village community hall to sustain the facility for existing and future use by the wider community.”

The hall was built in 1959 at the initiative of villagers, but last year they said it was now overdue for major renovation. Planning permission has been given and villagers hope it will be completed by the end of this year.

Before Christmas they received two funding boosts.

Internationally renowned pianist, songwriter and singer Joe Stilgoe made a return visit to Redford to give a fund raising concert.

And during the evening Grange Community Trustee Graham Pooley handed over a cheque to treasurer of the hall Roger Lovett.

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