Community hall celebrates £50,000 refurbishment

A community day is taking place after local residents managed to raise �50,000 to renovate the hall after it fell into disrepair.
A community day is taking place after local residents managed to raise �50,000 to renovate the hall after it fell into disrepair.
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Residents have been celebrating after a huge fundraising campaign collected the £50,000 needed to revamp their community hall.

The Chapeltown Community Centre has undergone a major renovation as a result of the fundraising efforts over the past two years, with a new kitchen and toilets installed.

Now a community day has been held at the hall to mark the improvements, with the entertainment including a performance by Grenoside Sword Dancers.

Around 40 people attended the event, which included talks about scissor-making and using telescopes.

Pat Blanchard, one of the centre’s finance committee members, said the centre opened in 1980 by public subscription and is used regularly for classes and by different organisations in the local community.

She said: “Over the years the centre had deteriorated and we had to do something about it or it would have closed.

“We raised £50,000 altogether and we have had a new kitchen and new toilets.”

Improvements also included the installation of a new disabled toilet and baby changing facilities.

Funding towards the various projects has come from Ecclesfield Parish Council, the National Lottery and Veolia.

Pat said funding is now needed to improve the car park, with around £13,500 needed for resurfacing work.

“It has developed a really big hole and it floods so we have got an estimate,” she said.

She said money would now be sought for the job, while funding has already been secured to resurface a road leading up to the hall.