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Hanborough Pavilion and Village Hall's £500,000 facelift celebrated
A £500,000 fundraising drive is over and now a village hall will reopen officially.
Hanborough Pavilion and Village Hall used to be tired and run-down.
But now, after two years of fundraising, it has been given a new lease of life with new rooms and facilities.
The hall, in Roosevelt Road, Long Hanborough, will be opened before the annual Hanborough Show and a celebratory outdoor concert next Saturday.
Hanborough Playing Fields Association chairman Ken Field said: “It is a relief that we got there.
“None of us can really believe what has been done. When we look at it, it is far better than we ever dreamed.
“I stand in there and think, we have done it.”
The project has been paid for by Hanborough Parish Council taking out a £300,000 loan from the Public Loans Board, a £100,000 grant from West Oxfordshire District Council, £50,000 from landfill tax grants body Waste Recycling Environmental and a £12,000 grant from Oxfordshire County Council.
Hanborough Playing Fields Association also contributed £10,000, the hall’s bar committee donated £5,000 and Hanborough Pre-school – one of the hall’s main users – gave £3,500.
“It is so much more flexible now and can be used for anything from a big event like a wedding to kids’ parties,” said Mr Field.
“Everyone looks at it and says that the hall is bigger but it isn’t. It just looks bigger because it is so much better.”
Before the work, the hall, which was built in the 1950s and then added to, featured a main hall, bar area, kitchen and changing rooms.
Now the project has seen the main hall totally refurbished, with the suspended ceiling removed and new roof lights and LEDs added.
A new entrance has been created with an office and disabled toilets.
In addition, the old changing rooms have been turned into a second hall with self-contained kitchen and toilets and the bar area has had a kitchen and toilets added.
Standalone changing rooms have also been created, which are split into three rooms – two for sports teams and one for officials – featuring showers and toilets.
Mr Field said: “The hall used to be tired and out-of-date.
“It was not dangerous but it obviously had structural problems and was inflexible and did not do what we wanted it to do.”
There were a host of problems with the old building.
Among them, the front wall had been displaced after the roof had shifted, while a boiler and lighting needed replacing.
Mr Field said: “Even if we just did the repairs, we were looking at £100,000. Spending that sort of money and not getting anything did not seem worth it.”
The building work began in August last year and the hall was back in operation in July.
The official opening will take place at 1.30pm next Saturday and will be followed by the annual village show, then, from 6.30pm, an outdoor concert.
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