Residents celebrate their new-look hall
RESIDENTS celebrated the £60,000 improvement work to St Breward Institute and War Memorial Hall on Saturday with its official reopening.
The building was officially declared open by Trevor Ternouth, on behalf of Dennis Champion, chairman of the hall's committee, and a rededication ceremony was performed by the Reverend Canon Sherry Bryan and the Methodist Minister, the Rev Ray Avent. Well over 100 parishioners attended the event.
The building now has a new slate roof and the interior has been completely renovated.
A low-rise platform lift has also been installed.
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The work was made possible by generous donations from various sources, local and nationwide, and representatives from some of the funding organisations attended the reopening.
East Cornwall Local Action Group (ECLAG) was a major donor. Linda Emmett, fund manager of ECLAG, said: "The improvements to the hall have taken a long while to come to fruition, but all gathered here today will agree the wait has been worth it. The tenacity and creativity of the project team in bringing the project to an end shows community capacity for building in action. We wish them every success as the hall goes from strength to strength."
Another major donor was Sita Cornwall Trust. Wendy Reading, fund manager of the trust, said: "Sita Cornwall Trust board was delighted to support this project which was obviously driven by the community and will be enjoyed by the community for years to come."
Brian Hill, a hall committee member, said: "Awards for All allocated us a full grant for the platform lift. St Breward Parish Council donated a substantial amount and the village community raised over £5,600 from coffee mornings. In total 15 agencies provided funds to complete the project, and a plaque acknowledging them all will soon be placed in a prominent position within the hall.''