THE FAMILY of a couple who left more than £400,000 to their village hall, have cut the ribbon to officially re-open the venue.
A bequest of £417,000 left by Joan and John Blore funded a huge renovation project at Ipstones Memorial Hall.
Their nephew and cousins, Robert Blore, Barbara Rodgers and John Hodgkinson, attended an official opening ceremony of the hall and the newly-christened Blore Suite on Saturday.
Ipstones Memorial Hall was first opened in 1928 to commemorate the fallen of World War I.
Since then, it has been a focal point for village life, although the building has been plagued by damp problems in recent years.
The bequest from the Blores has seen a huge overhaul of the building, with new toilets and kitchen facilities, the creation of new meeting rooms and bespoke rooms for visiting GPs as well as careful refurbishment of the roll of honour within the main hall itself.
Memorial Hall committee member, Linda Malyon has played a key role in overseeing the revamp.
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