The village hall at Haynes has been officially reopened following a £100,000 refurbishment project is a now celebrating its 40th anniversary.
The work involved roof replacement, new windows and major ancillary works aimed at protecting the fabric of the building.
Richard James, chairman of Haynes Parish Council, said: “The village hall is the community hub for Haynes residents of all ages and also generates many visitors from outside the area through a varied programme of events plus commercial bookings. The renovation work aims to ensure that the hall can maintain this role for the foreseeable future.”
The parish council’s building contract was undertaken by the M & J Group of Bedford in conjunction with Robinson & Hall, chartered surveyors. The hall was re-opened by Roger French, chairman of the RSSB at Haynes Park which made a significant financial contribution to the project.
The village hall was built in 1975 thanks to the initiative and devotion of a group of local residents who designed and raised funds with the support of the land-owners, Haynes Parish Council. The building is leased to and administered by the Haynes Village Hall Trustees, a registered charity.
Mr James added: “We wish to thank the project team of Bill Critchley, Alan Morgan and Derek Braybrook for their considerable time and expertise but most of all, we are grateful to the people of Haynes who are paying more than 80% of the costs.”