A CRUMBLING village hall has been saved from closure after its new owners managed to secure vital funding.
Members of Newhall Village Hall’s committee have been desperately attempting to drum up support after taking over the running of the building earlier this year.
The committee arrived to find a building badly in need of repair and what little cash they had been armed with quickly swallowed up, leaving them facing the prospect of closure
But thanks to the help of local councillors, funding groups and an unlikely ally in East Midlands Airport, the group has managed to secure the hall’s immediate future, raising a total of £4,500.
The committee took advantage of the airport’s scheme which supports worthy causes across the region, securing £1,000.
The hall has also received a £2,000 donation from the Co-operative, while Newhall councillor Sean Bambrick was instrumental in the campaign, helping to secure another £1,000.
Delighted committee chairman Christy Storey said: “It’s fantastic news for the hall. It will give the place an instant facelift and a new lease of life.”
The committee is now keen to start spending the money in the hope that people in the area will start flocking back to the Bretby Road venue.
Ms Storey said: “We’re hoping to replace the windows, quite a number are broken and also put up a notice board outside, something the hall desperately needs, and hopefully give the hall a new sign. The money from East Midlands Airport will fund replacement chairs and give it a fresh look and make it easier for the elderly.
“It’s really going to give us a boost, and everybody in the community a boost. We wanted to keep the doors open.”
Sean Bambrick, who represents the area on South Derbyshire District Council, said: “It is massively important. It is in need of urgent repairs and hopefully this will put it on the right track.”