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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Gilcrux hall reopened after major refit

The £580,000 refurbishment of a village hall has been completed.

Gilcrux hall photo
Henry and Sheila Wilkinson cut the ribbon to reopen the hall

Parishioners and villagers turned out in force to celebrate the reopening of Gilcrux village hall on Saturday following a two-year closure. Henry and Sheila Wilkinson were asked to officially open the refurbished building.

In 1933 when the building was a school Henry was a pupil. He has been a trustee of the hall and worked hard to save the building for the parish.

Henry’s school photo was included in a history display prepared to mark the opening.

Nikki Clark, chair of the Gilcrux Village Hall and Educational Trust, said: “It was wonderful to see so many people from our community join us to celebrate our new village.

“We were especially honoured that Henry and Sheila agreed to open the building on our behalf.

“The updated village hall is a warm and pleasant community building which offers great facilities and is environmentally and economically sustainable.

“The project has been a huge challenge for us and we are very proud of our achievement.”

Improvements at the Big Lottery-funded hall include a glass entrance lobby, a large main hall, a separate meeting room and new toilet facilities, as well as a catering-standard kitchen and fully-functioning bar.

A number of events are planned for the coming months such as a family fun afternoon, a barbecue with live music, and a cheese and wine party in autumn.

For bookings contact Helen Johnston on 016973 21895.

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