Hall plan takes a massive leap forward

Lady Rose Cessford in the driving seat as work begins on Holy Island village hall. Photo by Kimberley Powell
Lady Rose Cessford in the driving seat as work begins on Holy Island village hall. Photo by Kimberley Powell

THE scheme for a new village hall for Holy Island – ten years in the making – has taken a massive leap forward.

Lady Rose Crossman, patron of the Holy Island Village Hall Restoration Fund, helped get work underway on the site four years after the old hall was pulled down.

Trenches dug as building work begins on Holy Island village hall. Photo by Kimberley Powell

Trenches dug as building work begins on Holy Island village hall. Photo by Kimberley Powell

Secretary and trustee David O’Connor said: “This is phase two. It was 2006/7 when we demolished the old hall and cleared the site.

“Apart from the money, much of the delay has been caused by having to comply with requirements of the county archaeologist.

“It’s been a long and protracted minefield.”

“It’s just given such a tremendous boost that the work on the foundations is currently going ahead and should be completed within the next couple of months.

“None of the churches have halls so your choice is church or pub.

“A lot of young people have nowhere to go and elderly people are restricted. Everything’s got to be organised around the tide and of course public transport is limited.”

“It’s going to have a long life built into it so that future generations don’t have these same problems. Maintenance will be relatively free and it will be environmentally-friendly.”