Hall lot of improvements for Essex village

PUBLISHED: 08:22 26 November 2009 | UPDATED: 07:28 30 May 2010

Children, adults and staff are delighted with the new facilities at the village hall Picture: SUBMITTED

Children, adults and staff are delighted with the new facilities at the village hall Picture: SUBMITTED

A VILLAGE hall that originally cost just £35 has received a £2600 upgrade with the help of a much-needed grant. Toilets at the Ford End village hall have been updated for the first time in 20 years and the group behind the improvements have said they are

A VILLAGE hall that originally cost just £35 has received a £2600 upgrade with the help of a much-needed grant.

Toilets at the Ford End village hall have been updated for the first time in 20 years and the group behind the improvements have said they are "delighted" with the outcome.

Village hall secretary Sandra Brown said: "The refurbishment of the toilet facilities will benefit the local community and users of the hall. It's a popular venue for local activities including the Ford End Pre School, yoga, Muai Thai, carpet bowls and other social events.

"The toilet facilities hadn't been refurbished for at least 20 years, and the village hall management committee were absolutely delighted to receive help from the Grassroots Grants scheme, which is funded by the Office of the Third Sector, to enable them to bring the facilities up to date."

"All of the users of the hall, including staff and children from the pre-school, are also extremely happy with the new toilets and washrooms, which, prior to the refurbishment were unpractical and outdated. They are now bright, clean and attractive."

The village hall first became a focal point for the community in 1922 through the activities of the British Legion, and also a Mr CE Ridley, who purchased the old Red Cross hut used in connection with the First World War, from St Johns Hospital, for the princely sum of £35.

Now its sits proudly at the heart of the village and the new toilets have given it a further lease of life.

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