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Opening of the Refurbished Village Hall

Gawsworth Village Hall, a much-loved facility of the community has been transformed thanks to the efforts of locals and a £50,000 grant from WREN.

In a recent survey of residents, the village hall was one of the most valued aspects of Gawsworth life.   But it also topped the list of facilities which would benefit from improvement.  Gawsworth Parish Council, which owns the hall, and the Village Hall Management Committee have responded to the community’s challenge.  On Wednesday 8th November a much-improved village hall was officially opened.  A small action group of Gawsworth residents managed the refurbishment.  The work was done by local builder Laurence Tuke and local architect Chris Tyrrell from NBDA Architects oversaw the project.

David Morten, longstanding Gawsworth Resident and former Macclesfield vet prepares to cut the tape at the newly refurbished Gawsworth Village Hall.  Looking on is Village Hall Management Committee chairman Tom Aindow.

David Morten, longstanding Gawsworth Resident and former Macclesfield vet prepares to cut the tape at the newly refurbished Gawsworth Village Hall. Looking on is Village Hall Management Committee chairman Tom Aindow.

The tape was cut by well-known local resident and former Macclesfield vet David Morten.  He was for several years chairman of the Village Hall Committee and had put in countless hours of work over very many years supporting the hall so residents were delighted that he agreed to perform the opening ceremony.  There were also several current residents present whose parents had been instrumental in erecting the hall over 60 years ago.  Gawsworth Village Hall was bought second hand and was moved from Hurdsfield to its present site.  The original opening ceremony was performed in September 1953 by Mrs deFerranti, who lived in Gawsworth Hall at the time.

Chairman of the Parish Council and leader of the refurbishment project Cllr Evelyn Briggs said “The village hall was certainly showing its age.  Residents loved the character of a wooden, traditional hall but it had no insulation and the heat from the noisy blower heaters was going straight through the roof – and so were our heating bills!  This refurbishment has put that right and the Village Hall will now be a great asset to Gawsworth life for many years to come.  We are very grateful to WREN for making this possible through their generous grant”

Tom Aindow, who chairs the Village Hall Committee added ‘The new interior is warm and stylish.  It is great that we have been able to retain the character of this local landmark while creating a modern interior which is totally in keeping with its long history.  We anticipate that many more family parties and events will now be choosing the Village Hall.”

Gawsworth Village Hall can be booked by emailing gawsworthvh@gmail.com

Public events already lined up for the refurbished hall is a Community Christmas Quiz on 2nd December, the Christmas Festive Fun event which is a regular feature in the Gawsworth calendar (20th December) and the Gawsworth pantomime ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and which runs from 26th – 28th January 2018.

Further Information from Paul Woods pawoodsty@btinternet.com 01625 420404

 

 

 

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