Villagers celebrate new hall project

Group Captain Johnny Stringer, Station Commander of RAF Coningsby cuts the ribbon and releases the cord to open the village hall watched by the Village Hall chairman and committee. Photo: 2710mf.
Group Captain Johnny Stringer, Station Commander of RAF Coningsby cuts the ribbon and releases the cord to open the village hall watched by the Village Hall chairman and committee. Photo: 2710mf.

North Kyme villagers celebrated the grand opening of their newly built village hall with a variety of events last week.

The £200,000 hall project was officially opened by Group Captain Johnny Stringer, Station Commander at RAF Coningsby, in recognition of the help the base has given to villagers after their old hall burned down 10 years ago. The station donated an old hut as a ‘temporary’ measure.

The unveiling coincided with the annual produce and craft show, dog show and car boot sale, plus a silent auction of items donated by celebrities, mainly signed photos of household names such as Larry Lamb, Tom Baker, Bernard Cribbins and the cast of Eastenders, plus signed books and DVDs. There were stalls, exhibitions, a reptile display and terrier racing. A village scarecrow competition saw prizes going to the most innovative creations. Live music from the Billinghay Ruffs in the afternoon was followed by standing room only for the evening live act, The Wrinkly Rockers. The event raised £1,500 for the hall.

Chairman of the hall committee Lindsay Mayhew said: “The event was a huge success. Very well supported by the local community it has been designed to serve. There were more entries in the produce and craft show despite the weather and the dog show was also well attended.”