A VOLUNTEER committee has been celebrating after the completion of a long-awaited extension of a village hall.
The former school building of Bradnop Village Hall, near Leek, now has a range of new facilities after receiving a £70,000 extension project.
The extension comprises of a new fitted kitchen, toilets and disabled toilet, along with disabled access to the building.
The project has been made possible by a £30,000 grant from the Staffordshire Environmental Fund, £25,000 from the Community Council of Staffordshire, as well as financial support from Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, county councillor Gill Heath, Bradnop Parish Council, Bradnop Bowls Club, and the eight combined members of the Bradnop Village Hall Trustees, and Bradnop Village Hall Action Group.
The official opening of the hall extension on Thursday evening was carried out by Cathy Russell, Village Halls Adviser of the Community Council of Staffordshire.
Irene Ainsworth, who is on the village hall committee, said: “We have been working on this project for around 15 years so we are having a big sigh of relief that this part of the hall is now complete.
“A big thank you goes out to all who have donated to this project.
“We will be continuing to raise funds to be able to carry out a further extension to have a porch at the front of the hall.” The building, which has been used as a village hall since it closed as a school in 1978, is already used by a host of groups and activities including a regular film night and the local Women’s Institute.
Irene added: “Now the hall has all the facilities, we would like to hear from any other groups who would like to use the hall.” Anyone interested can call Paul Wardle on 01538 370177 or 07504 179111.
The next major event at Bradnop Village Hall will be a Tree Festival on November 30 and December 1 from 1pm until 5pm each day.