Residents celebrate opening of new village hall

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Villagers are celebrating the opening of a brand new £250,000 community meeting place after having the use of a old sub-standard building for half a century.

Eastwell residents were out in force for the grand opening of their new vilage hall, which was mainly paid for by a Big Lottery Fund grant.

Councillor Byron Rhodes, leader of Melton Council, officially opened the facility in a ceremony which was accompanied by a special children’s entertainment party and a rock and blues concert featuring local band Blackwater.

A wide range of activities will be organised in the hall for people of all ages. The building will also serve as a memorial to the fallen of two World Wars with a special dedication of a new plaque featuring poppies from the recent Tower of London exhibit.

Village hall committee chairman Geoff Cawthorn said: “We particularly want to reach older people, who may feel lonely or isolated, and children and young people for whom there are few opportunities on the doorstep.

“The whole of the village has backed the project 100 per cent and there will be plenty of opportunities for people to get involved in running the new hall.

“Bookings are already flooding in and there is sure to be lots of interest thanks to the comfortable surroundings and state-of-the art facilities, such as computer-controlled LED spotlighting, film projector, portable staging, modern kitchen and sprung dance floor.”

Aside from the Lottery cash, funding was also received for many of the internal amenities from WREN, a not-for-profit business that awards grants from funds donated by FCC Environment to the Landfill Communities Fund.