Still time to help save hall

TICKETS are still available for a special fund-raising event, as part of an ambitious campaign to secure money for much-needed work at a north Northumberland village hall.

Determined residents have embarked on a crusade to transform the back room at the facility in Acklington.

Under the plans, the current extension, which is barely fit for use, would be pulled down and a new one would be built.

The hall’s fund-raising team has set its sights on raising £35,000 for the cause.

Designed for community use, the new room would be bigger in size, disabled-friendly and have its own toilet facilities, among other features.

The fund-raising mission has been backed by local entrepreneur Rev Robert Parker and a series of events have been planned for the money-making push.

The next event – A Bit Of A Do – takes place at Doxford Hall on November 26.

An evening of good food, music and company, it will feature a four-course meal and musical entertainment from Jason King, whose repertoire includes jazz and swing numbers.

Tickets are still available for the event, which runs from 7pm to midnight, and are priced at £35 a head, which includes the first glass of wine.

Other events planned to raise money for the cause include a Christmas Craft Fair in the village hall on Sunday, December 4, a hog roast and open gardens at Guyzance Hall in June next year and a duck race down the River Coquet in autumn 2012.

Information and tickets for A Bit Of A Do can be obtained from Violet by calling 01670 760478 and information about the village hall plan can be viewed at www.acklingtonparish.org.uk/villagehall.htm