Eastwell prepares to celebrate official opening of its brand new £250k village hall

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A brand new £250,000 village hall will be officially opened - to the delight of Eastwell residents - on Saturday (April 11).

For over 50 years the village has had to make do with a building that wasn’t fit for purpose but now, thanks mainly to a £250,000 Big Lottery Fund grant, the village will have a modern, superbly-equipped community facility.

Funding has also been received, for many of the internal amenities, from not-for-profit business WREN.

Melton Council leader Byron Rhodes will officially open the new facility at 3pm. The whole village has been invited to attend the grand opening.

Later on there will be a children’s entertainment party, followed by a rock and blues concert featuring Blackwater.

The hall is also a memorial to the fallen of two World Wars and there will be a special dedication of a new plaque featuring poppies from the recent Tower of London exhibit.

Once the hall is open for business a wide-ranging programme of activities for people of all ages will get underway.

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 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.”

Treasurer John Gass added: “Bookings are already flooding in and there’s 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.”