A BEQUEST of more than £400,000 has funded a stunning transformation at a village hall.
Ipstones Memorial Hall – originally opened in 1928 to commemorate the fallen of World War I – has undergone a huge refurbishment over the last few months.
The building, which has long been the centre of village events, had fallen victim to damp and disrepair, with some sections of the hall becoming virtually unusable.
A bequest left in the will of the late Joan Blore of Ipstones, provided the hall’s management committee with more than £417,000 to renovate and modernise the building.
Contractors set to work in autumn last year and handed the building back into the care of the committee on April 28.
An official opening will take place on June 23, but the hall has already been back in action, with community events, sports clubs and a branch of Well Street Clinic making the most of the new facilities.
The ‘Gallery’ area to the rear of the stage has been completely revived, with once dank and oppressive store rooms converted into flexible and usable space ideal for meetings and get togethers for smaller groups.
With a separate entrance and toilet facilities, the area has not only become an asset to the building, it also acts as a visual record of village life in times gone by with a gallery of photographs up the staircase.
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