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Committee members of Howsham Village Hall getting the ducks ready for the annual race - from the left are Petra Heath,Project Leader Debbie Clark, John Clark,Tim Burnett,together with Sarah Clark and Ollie Spence (right) who ran a board game to raise funds. EMN-140905-123556001
Committee members of Howsham Village Hall getting the ducks ready for the annual race - from the left are Petra Heath,Project Leader Debbie Clark, John Clark,Tim Burnett,together with Sarah Clark and Ollie Spence (right) who ran a board game to raise funds. EMN-140905-123556001

A £20,000 investment has seen a village hall go from a chilly meeting place to a 
wonderfully welcoming 
community asset.

A big day of celebration was held as Howsham Village Hall as it reopened after refurbishment.

And during the afternoon, villagers could see the benefits of the £20,000 worth of energy efficiency improvements to the main room. “We had problems with the hall as it was,” said project leader Debbie Clark, on behalf of the hall committee.

“Groups who booked it were sometimes having to cancel due to heating problems in winter.

“We just realised we had to do something.

“Grants were forthcoming from North Lincolnshire Community Grants, VANL and National Lottery Awards for All, but considerable local fundraising also had to be done.”

Brickwork, plastering and windows were all replaced in the project and finally the hall was fully redecorated.

And fundraising in support of further improvements to the hall continued on the open afternoon.

After taking a look around the hall, young and old made their way to Howsham Beck for the annual duck race, where around 200 numbered yellow ducks raced along the beck.

And afterwards, everyone returned to the hall for tea and cake and the announcement of the winners.

All money raised from the duck race will be used towards further improvements at the hall.

And it is a new kitchen, with a much-improved layout and more storage, that is next in the plans for the continuing hall redevelopment.

For more details on the hall and village visit www.cadneycumhowsham.co.uk

And for a glimpse of the duck race visit @howshamquackers on Twitter.