All systems go for village hall
WORK to give a burnt-out community hall in Ponsanooth a new lease of life can begin this year after the project secured a lottery grant of £346,682.
It has been nearly four years since the Methodist Church hall was virtually destroyed by arsonists and a volunteer community group was formed, now hoping to re-open the hall next year.
Planning permission has been granted for the reconstruction of the grade two listed building with a more suitable internal layout, as chosen by the community.
And now the Big Lottery Fund's Reaching Communities programme has given the rest of the money the project needs.
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Chris Trewern, of the Regeneration Action Group, said a refurbishment had been proposed before the fire and the new plans included extra space for multiple activities to happen at one time, a kitchen, two meeting rooms, office, toilet and storage space. A new mezzanine floor will be added which will also have full disabled access with the provision of a lift.
"The Regeneration Action Group has driven this work forward relentlessly and without many outward signs of progress at times," he said.
Ponsanooth Hall Management Company (PHMC) is the legal body formed to channel fundraising and will also lease the building from the church when completed.
"This grant, together with the significant contribution from the church and funds raised locally will provide a modern, welcoming facility," he added.
There has already been interest from organisations and individuals for the space and anyone interested should contact Mr Trewern on 01872 863140 or e-mail email@example.com
A website, www.ponsanooth-hall.co.uk, is now under construction.