Woolton Hill Village Hall Re-opened
4 Oct 2014
GY Ranil Jawardene David Williams Clive Sanders Keith Chapman
GY Ranil Jawardene David Williams Clive Sanders Keith Chapman
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Plaque in Entrance Hall
Plaque in Entrance Hall
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The recently installed Bishop of Basingstoke, David Williams, blessed the refurbished Woolton Hill Church Hall, after it was formally re-opened by Sir George. Over £425,000 was spent on extending and refurbishing the Church Hall, which was built in 1911. "This Church Hall is at the heart of a vibrant village community, but frankly it was no longer fit for purpose. More and more activities were taking place in the hall, and the infrastructure could no longer cope. With generous grants from Veolia Environmental Trust, from Hampshire County Council and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, sufficient money was pledged for the refurbishment to begin. Further grants from the Greenham Common Trust, the Englefield Trust, and money raised in the village ensured that the target was met." Sir George thanked John Angle, the project manager, for overseeing the work, and said that he had many happy memories of meetings he had attended in the village hall. "With the extra facilities, including storage facilities, the Church Hall is fit for the next hundred years." Also at the ceremony was the leader of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Clive Sanders, together with the Deputy Leader, Ranil Jawardene, and County Councillor Keith Chapman, who has Cabinet responsibility for grants for village halls.

After the formal opening, the local rector, Christine Dale, spoke about the work behind the project, thanking all those involved. After Christine Dale spoke, there were refreshments, and an opportunity for guests to see what has been achieved with the £425,000 project. "We now have a larger, more welcoming and flexible venue for the whole community to use throughout the week. The new extension provides greater capacity to meet the demand from groups and organisations, and enables the villages popular pre-school group to operate in a safer mode, segregated from other users.

 
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