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Bolton Hall committee in theor new kitchen with (left) chairman Richard Gee and, right, county councillor John Taylor.
Bolton Hall committee in theor new kitchen with (left) chairman Richard Gee and, right, county councillor John Taylor.

A VILLAGE hall which serves a big rural community was officially re-opened last weekend after nearly £20,000 worth of refurbishment.

Bolton Village Hall is a well-used facility with clubs and groups taking place three or four times a week.

But the building was in need of an update.

Four years ago planning permission was given for an extension to the hall. But when estimates for the work were sought it was found that there were not enough funds to cover it.

So a more modest plan was put together.

And the village hall committee decided to refurbish rather than extend the current building.

A new kitchen has now been put it in to get rid of damp, the men’s toilets have been updated and other works have also been carried out.

The committee received £8,800 from Awards for All for the work to be done as well as £10,000 from Coun John Taylor’s members’ small schemes fund.

Chairman of the village hall committee, Richard Gee, said: “It is vital that the hall is kept going. It stops people having to travel as well.

“There are bigger halls in Whittingham and Powburn but ours serves a more rural, dispersed community.

“We are also used as a polling station which gives us another income every four years.

“We hope that now we have got the updated facilities more people will use it.”

Grants for the refurbishment were received at the end of 2010 and work started in June.

The hall was officially re-opened on Saturday by Coun Taylor.

He said: “This is a first-class community effort.

“It is all local people that have got involved and volunteered to help get the work done. And the great thing is that it is local people doing a good job for the community.

“A small group has led this project. They knew that they had to do something otherwise the village hall was going to lose its right to cater for functions.

“They recognised that and did something about it. I thought it was a very, very good team.

“The main thing now is to make sure that the community use it.”

The hall has been in Bolton since the 1950s and is used for keep-fit classes, dance groups and the WI, as well as regular events organised by the village hall committee.

It serves people across the area, including Abberwick, Edlingham and Lemington.