Transformed hall unveiled in South Yorkshire village

Harthill Village Hall has undergone a refurbishment and an open morning was held on Saturday (27 September 2014)  to unveil it to the public. Our picture shows Joy Pattison, chairperson of the Parish Council and Ian Lloyd in the the refurbished main hall, holding one of the framed old photographs which soon adorn the hall's walls.
Harthill Village Hall has undergone a refurbishment and an open morning was held on Saturday (27 September 2014) to unveil it to the public. Our picture shows Joy Pattison, chairperson of the Parish Council and Ian Lloyd in the the refurbished main hall, holding one of the framed old photographs which soon adorn the hall's walls.
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Residents of a South Yorkshire village are celebrating after catching a glimpse of their newly-transformed community hall.

Harthill Hall on Whinney Hill has been refurbished and upgraded over the last two years.

The refurbished Harthill Village Hall.

The refurbished Harthill Village Hall.

The latest phase has recently been carried out after the project was awarded grants totalling more than £23,000.

A special open morning was held on Saturday when about 60 residents visited to see the changes made to the building, which dates back to 1920.

Organisers said villagers were ‘overwhelmingly positive’ about the work that had been carried out.

Village hall chairman, Brian Shutt, said: “I would like to thank everyone who gave their time, effort and funds, to help us transform the hall into a modern, comfortable and attractive building that is a true centre of community activity.”

Worked started on the building in 2012 when much-needed repairs to the roof and brickwork were made and a new boiler was installed.

The kitchen and lounge were also refurbished.

In the latest phase, which began in June, insulation was added to the former Miners’ Welfare building and existing lighting replaced with LED lighting, improving energy-efficiency.

A suspended ceiling has been installed and the main hall redecorated.

The popular hall is already used by around 20 groups including a modern jive dance club, a parent and toddler group, youth clubs and an over 60s group.

Community leaders believe all the groups will benefit from the improved facilities and they also hope the refurbishment will help attract new users and more private bookings.

Funding for the £23,450 project came from several sources, including Harthill with Woodall Parish Council and The Veolia Environmental Trust, which awarded a grant of £18,700 through the Landfill Communities Fund.

The parish council was keen to give residents the chance to have their say on the plans for the building’s refurbishment and held two consultation events where people could share their ideas.

During one of the events representatives from 25 local community groups and organisations who use or were interested in using the hall attended, and many letters of support were also received.

Paul Taylor, executive director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, said part of his organisation’s role was to support community projects.

“Halls like this are a vital part of community life, as they provide people of all ages with a place where they can meet up, have fun, learn and receive support,” he said.

“It is one of our priorities to help projects looking to protect and improve them.

“I hope the improved hall serves Harthill for many years to come.”