Sheep help give hall new lease of life

Elsdon Village Hall chairman Robert Arthur.
Elsdon Village Hall chairman Robert Arthur.

A £75,000 refurbishment project has given a dilapidated village hall a new lease of life.

Five years ago the committee responsible for Elsdon Village Hall, which was built in 1962, decided it was time to give their village hub a makeover.

And now after a lot of hard work the revived building is open for business.

The roof has been restored and refelted, and internal walls which had previously had water running down them have been replastered.

Grants from Northumberland National Park and the Community Foundation meant that major internal work could be carried out.

Volunteers and local tradesmen insulated the roof with eco-friendly sheep’s wool, renewed electrics and installed a new kitchen.

And a ground source heat pump has been put in to provide heating for the facility.

Alison Simmance, events and bookings co-ordinator for the village hall committee, said: “Elsdon Village Hall aims to provide a modern, welcoming amenity at a time when rural communities are seeing more and more of their facilities taken away from them.

“The major improvements will ensure that the hall remains in a good condition for years to come.”

And buoyed by the success of the committee to date a further programme of works is already on the cards.

Alison added: “We want to modernise the toilets, landscape the surrounding area and open up another room which has potential for several uses. It is hoped that by 2012, an anniversary year, the village might enjoy another celebratory event to mark the completion of this very worthwhile project.”

To celebrate the successful venture the hall committee held a meal for more than 100 people to say thank you for all of those that have helped to make the hall revitalisation come to fruition.