Villagers celebrate end to hall project

The re-opening of Silk Willoughby Village Hall after refurbishmant. From left - Sam Smith - Community Lincs Rural Officer, Mary Hurst - chairman of WREN Lincolnshire Advisory Panel, Michelle Ball - chairman of village hall committee, Kate Cook - North Kesteven district councillor for Osbournby ward.'Photo: MSSP-310115-21 EMN-150302-110431001
The re-opening of Silk Willoughby Village Hall after refurbishmant. From left - Sam Smith - Community Lincs Rural Officer, Mary Hurst - chairman of WREN Lincolnshire Advisory Panel, Michelle Ball - chairman of village hall committee, Kate Cook - North Kesteven district councillor for Osbournby ward.'Photo: MSSP-310115-21 EMN-150302-110431001

The latest phase of refurbishment of a village hall has been unveiled to the community.

Refurbishment and upgrading of the old Silk Willoughby Village Hall has been taking place in stages since 2010

The community were invited to an event at the hall on School Lane on Saturday as the last phase was completed in December 2014.

This was achieved by hall committee members, village residents who supported them cleaning up the hall after the work was completed, Community Lincs who helped with grant applications, the grant funding organisations, and contractors who helped make this possible.

All parties involved were invited along to the celebration and ribbon cutting by ward member for North Kesteven District Council, Coun Kate Cook.

Coun Cook said: “It was a real honour to have been asked to open the recently refurnished Silk Willoughby Village Hall. So many local people gave up their time to make this project a success and the end result is fabulous.”

Guests were able to see a new and fully insulated ceiling with new lighting, completely re-plastered walls and a new floor as well as replacement windows and curtains.

New hall chairman Michelle Ball, the committee’s first ever female chairman, gave a speech thanking everyone involved and they were congratulated by Mary Hurst, chairman of the Lincolnshire advisory panel of grant funding orgainsation WREN.

A new kitchen and toilets have been fitted in a previous phase of work.

Committee member John Andrews said: “We have 
reduced the carbon footprint of the building which leads 
to cheaper running costs, 
and this will enable us to 
keep the hall as a hub for this community for many years to come.”

The hall is the old village school, dating back to the 19th century, which closed and was sold to the village to be turned into a village hall.