Thanks to a £32,000 grant from the funding body WREN the community in and around North Wootton are set to see significant improvements to their much-loved village hall.

The money, awarded by WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund, will be used to install a new heating system and lighting to the main hall, completely renovate the toilets, modernise the kitchen and redecorate throughout.

Dennis Blackmore, chairman of the North Wootton Village Hall 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 ‘This project will provide a real boost to the people of North Wootton. We are extremely grateful to WREN for awarding thus these crucial funds and we are really looking forward to the seeing the project progress over the next three months.

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.

Penny Horne, WREN grant manager, said, “We’re delighted to be supporting the North Wootton Village Hall Refurbishment project and pleased our funding will make such a difference to so many groups of people in North Wootton and the surrounding villages. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that benefit local communities and we’re looking forward to this one having a positive impact very soon.”

Dennis Blackmore hopes that the refurbishment project will be complete ready for the New Year. The committee working with the contractors Nurse Builders of North Wootton will do all it can to minimise the effect on regular users of the Hall.

Built in 1938 North Wootton Village Hall with fine its wooden cladding and pre-war silhouette sits comfortably at the heart of the village. Compact and friendly in its aspect it is the perfect venue for use by groups up to 100 people.

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