Ludford Hall celebrates completion of £22k makeover

Ludford Village Hall revamp celebrated by committee members, District Coun Daniel Simpson, Leader of East Lindsey Distirct Council Doreen Stephenson and Community Grants Officer James Ward.
Ludford Village Hall revamp celebrated by committee members, District Coun Daniel Simpson, Leader of East Lindsey Distirct Council Doreen Stephenson and Community Grants Officer James Ward.
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A Wolds village community hall has been given a £22,000 makeover after it successfully applied for four lots of grant funding.

Refurbishment work at Ludford Village Hall has been going on over the past few months.

And a celebration evening was held recently to mark the completion of the makeover.

“We are absolutely delighted with the end result”, said Hall Committee Chairman Sally Jacklin.

“We could not have achieved this without the commitment and hard work of every member of our small committee, along with the guidance and support of all our funders, to whom we are most grateful.”

The hall initially received a grant of £8,000 from East Lindsey District Council, which helped attract a further £4,007 from Lincolnshire County Council and £10,000 from the Awards4All scheme.

Funds were also raised through a couple of very successful cake stalls in Market Rasen and smaller stalls at Missouri Raiders weekends.

A further £500 was donated by the village’s district councillor Daniel Simpson, through the Councillors’ Community Initiative Grant Scheme.

And Coun Simpson had nothing but praise for the work the hall committee has done.

“This is a well-loved and well used hall,” he said.

“Lots of time and effort has been put in by members of the hall committee.

“It is a thankless task chasing grant money, so these committees rely on the support from their communities.

“Now, this community can look forward to enjoying this splendid hall for many years to come, along with those who visit here.”

The hall now boasts a new suspended ceiling, along with new tables and chairs.

The main hall area has been completed redecorated and there are also new curtains throughout, bringing a more modern feel to the venue.

The disabled toilet facilities have been completely upgraded too, while work on upgrading the ladies’ shower area is progressing well.

The hall is the only community asset in the village, which has seen its shop and post office close in the past few years, its school close in 2010 and, more recently, one of its pubs close.

“We hope that the upgrade of the facilities at the hall will encourage more people from the village and the surrounding area, to make good use of the hall and its large playing field,” added Mrs Jacklin.