New roof for a popular village asset

PUBLISHED: 12:00 21 February 2015

New roof for village hall.

New roof for village hall.

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A TRADITIONAL village hall in North Somerset has benefited from a £10,000 grant, courtesy of the Big Lottery Fund.

Barrow Gurney Village Hall’s management committee was awarded the money to enable a new roof to be installed on the building as well as under-tile insulation to make it more energy efficient.

The committee has been working hard to update the building over the past few years, while ensuring its original features are preserved.

Management committee member Cathy Mayne said: “The latest work is part of an attempt to upgrade the hall but keep its original character.

“It’s quite a traditional building. It’s very well used and well loved and we just want to make the very best of it.”

The hall, in Barrow Street, was built in 1928 but still boasts many of its original features.

Its management committee is made up of local villagers who organise events and functions at the venue.

It sits in the centre of Barrow Gurney next to the Prince’s Motto pub and is used by a host of community groups.

The hall has also been praised for its great acoustics for musical performances and has attracted some famous names to Barrow Gurney including Paul Merton and Suki Webster who performed an exclusive preview show at the venue last year to prepare for their slot at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Cathy added: “We’ve done quite a lot of work on the building. We’ve got a fantastic committee secretary, John Leighton, who has raised money from all sorts of sources and has done all the hard work.

“We’ve had secondary glazing put in, soundproofing, a new kitchen and now the new roof because the old tiles were asbestos-based.

“The next thing we are going to look at is the interior decoration.

“It’s a very traditional wooden building so not an awful lot can be done inside.”

Barrow Gurney Parish Council is also delighted with the latest improvement to the hall.

Chairman Eric Gates said: “We strongly support the village hall committee’s efforts to conserve and enhance this important amenity.

“We are delighted to see the improvements take place. It’s one of the absolutely critical amenities and it’s well used and it would be great if it was used even more.

“Hopefully with a new roof it will be more comfortable. It’s been really lovely to see the committee being able to develop it in the way that they have.


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