Further cash boost for village hall

Pat Fitzgerald, Richard Allen of Dobson's and architect Tim Wilson inspect the plans. (s)

Pat Fitzgerald, Richard Allen of Dobson's and architect Tim Wilson inspect the plans. (s)

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A SCHEME to revamp a community building in Pannal has received a financial boost worth tens of thousands of pounds.

As reported last month, the management committee of Pannal Memorial Hall had received £100,000 towards its £200,000 project to convert the old caretaker’s house and provide new community rooms for the village, with £50,000 provided by both Stratstone BMW and Waste Recycling Environment Ltd (WREN).

Now Biffaward – the landfill grant distributors for the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts – has offered the project a further £50,000, taking the total raised by the committee to more than £150,000.

“We’re absolutely delighted and it couldn’t come at a better time for us,” said Pat Fitzgerald, chairman of the management committee.

“We thought we would only be able to complete a small part of our scheme but now we can ensure that the new function room and activity rooms will be ready well before Christmas.”

The new function room and bar will be suitable for small groups, meetings, private parties and receptions, and the new activity room on the second floorwill be used for a variety of training and learning activities, particularly IT skills training for older people.

The management committee also wants to meet demand for a cinema in the village and so it is staging a promotional film season from January to March next year. If the season is well supported, the committee intends to make it a regular feature.

Biffaward grants officer Alison Watson said: “We are very pleased to be able to support this important project. We want to raise the standard of facilities in Pannal and this scheme will achieve that by making valuable use of space which is now unsuitable for community activities.”

The designs for the conversion have been drawn up by Tim Wilson of the Wilson Kennett Partnership in Harrogate and the work will be carred out by Dobson Construction of Ilkley.

• Anyone wanting to book one of the new rooms or get more information on the facilities available can visit www.pannalmemorialhall.btck.co.uk or telephone Mr Fitzgerald on 01423 523493.