Scooter ride raises hundreds of pounds for Wethersfield village hall

PUBLISHED: 10:12 31 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:40 31 May 2018

Looks can be deceiving - these scooter riders were all a really friendly bunch.

Looks can be deceiving - these scooter riders were all a really friendly bunch.

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More than 70 keen scooter riders from the local area took part in a May bank holiday ride-out which raised about £300 for a village hall which needs a make-over.

One scooter arrive with 'all the bells and whistles'One scooter arrive with 'all the bells and whistles'

The ride was organised by The Beers N Larfs Scooter Club and started in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, before meandering through Finchingfield and Wethersfield where riders bought sausage and bacon rolls, in aid of Wethersfield Village Hall.

Over the last 18 months, about £90,000 has been raised for the hall, which will be spent on updating the building.

Paulo Lopez, from The Beers N Larfs SC, which has been running for 35 years, said: “Everyone had a really great day and people from the village came to help with the food and drinks. It was just wonderful going through the narrow roads, and then dropping down into Finchingfield.

“Seeing 75 scooters snaking down that hill was really a site to behold. The Essex countryside was absolutely spectacular. There were new people, but also a few guys I haven’t seen for a couple of years.”

Paulo Lopez (Left) with Steve Butler (Centre) who is nursing a torn achillies and was unable to ride with the group, having been instrumental in planning the route.Paulo Lopez (Left) with Steve Butler (Centre) who is nursing a torn achillies and was unable to ride with the group, having been instrumental in planning the route.

Mair Godley, chairman of the board of trustees for the hall, said that before the refurbishments, which are now in their final stages, the hall was in a “sad and sorry state”.

She said: “Something had to be done about it. When you walk into the hall it is like walking into the 1940s. After the work is done the hall is going to be completely up-to-date. The floor and the roof will be up-dated, and there is going to be insulation.

“The hall sits at the heart of the community. In the village these days with so many things closing down, it is important there is a community face. The basement of the village hall is now the village club. It has a bar and a pool table and is a place for residents to gather.”

Mrs Godley added that there was no longer a pub in Wethersfield.

Jimmy Smith and Mick Kirk get in there early for their cuppa, having arrived at the village hall ahead of the main group of riders.Jimmy Smith and Mick Kirk get in there early for their cuppa, having arrived at the village hall ahead of the main group of riders.

Previous fundraising efforts include an Elton John tribute performance and an upcoming classical concert. Cake stalls and a Christmas party have also taken place.

The hall will shut on July 21 for building work and is scheduled to reopen again on September 3.

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