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Alrewas Village Hall to close as part of £200,000 revamp

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 31, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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A BELOVED village hall will close its doors next month ahead of work starting on a £200,000 refurbishment.

Alrewas Village Hall will be given a complete overhaul after a serious cash injection allowed for plans to bring the 100-year-old building up to scratch to be given the green light.

The new look site, which will see a newly sited toilet block, a new room added and a safe play area for youngsters, will also play host to a special village cinema which will show classic films every month for people in the village.

Jane Reilly, fund-raising co-ordinator for the hall project, told the Mail: "It's a really well-used and well-loved building, but it's in a real dilapidated state. For the amount of use it gets and the number of people who use it, it's drab compared to other villages.

"We're really pleased we have got this money to do the work."

Larfarge Tarmac, which quarries very near to Alrewas, has donated £125,000 to the cause, and a further £34,600 has come from development funding and donations from the local community.

It will be used to carry out the first phase of development on the Wellfield Road building.

The work will focus on the back of the hall, which is becoming unsafe due to structural decline.

It is hoped that the hall will reopen next February.

Nick Atkins, estates manager for Lafarge Tarmac, said: "We're really pleased to be able to support the community with this project. The hall is an important amenity for local people, so hopefully the money we've donated will help ensure that it is given a new lease of life."

The Flea Pit cinema has been running since 2009 and organisers behind the scheme have helped to pay towards the refurbishment of the hall and will continue regular screenings when the hall reopens next year.

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