The many visitors to North Wootton Village Hall’s Christmas Fair on Saturday 1st December were given the extra treat of a glimpse of the Hall’s ongoing improvements. The transformation at the Hall was remarked upon by many villages who had attended last year’s Fair. From the new ceiling with its improved lighting, to the upgraded toilets and modern kitchen to the fact that the Hall was warm and welcoming; the work in progress was universally appreciated (and it wasn’t just the mulled wine talking!).
All this is has been made possible by a £32,000 grant awarded by WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund. WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Dennis Blackmore, chairman of the North Wootton Village Hall Management Committee, was quick to acknowledge the tireless efforts of the Hall’s committee members and the speedy and high quality work provided by Nurse Builders of North Wootton. Mr Blackmore believes this is a key step in bringing the Village hall up to date and re-establishing it as a centre for the local community. He says ‘We are already seeing use of the hall increase thanks to the refurbishment work, with ‘lapsed’ past renters wanting to return to the improved environment. We are extremely grateful to WREN for awarding thus these crucial funds to make our vision for the hall become a reality’.

Penny Horne, WREN grant manager, said, “It’s always nice to see something we have funded start to take shape. We’re delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile project and look forward to it benefitting lots of different people within North Wootton and the surrounding villages.” Dennis Blackmore is confident that the refurbishment project will be complete ready for the New Year and the committee is working with the contractors to do all they can to minimise the effect on regular users of the Hall.


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