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£17,000 renovation makes village hall the hub of the community

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 08, 2014

  • 05/04/14 Community Day at Moira Village Hall Moira Village Hall Community Day,Ann Tunney,Mel Hurst,Stan Wilson,Dot McConnell

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LIFE has been brought back to a village hall in North West Leicestershire following a £17,000 makeover.

Community groups with members of all ages gathered at Moira Village Hall at the weekend to celebrate the renovation and promote the building as a thriving hub for the local area.

The event was officially opened by North West Leicestershire MP Andrew Bridgen and Mayor of Ashby Woulds Town Council Bryan Weston.

In the Cosy Room, forest and heritage groups met to hold stalls providing visitors with information and photographs of Moira’s past, while the Blackfordby Scouts were on hand to provide refreshments.

A raffle was also held, with prizes donated by local businesses.

As part of the refurbishment, the old single-glazed windows and doors were removed to be replaced by new double-glazed fittings which help to eliminate draughts and heat loss, as well as improving security.

Moira Village Hall’s chairman of trustees Patricia Thomas said: “The hall has been transformed from a draughty building into a warm and comfortable environment in which the local community can enjoy their leisure activities.”

The renovation was part-funded by a £10,000 grant from Biffa Award, which helps to build communities and transform lives by handing grants to community and environmental projects across the UK.

Biffa Award programme manager Gillian French said: “The project at Moira Village Hall will make a positive difference to the lives of local people who currently use it, as well as those who will use it in the future, and we are proud to support it.”

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