First stage of work complete

Secretary Chris Knightley pictured outside Tansley Village Hall, which is currently in the process of a major refurbishment.
Secretary Chris Knightley pictured outside Tansley Village Hall, which is currently in the process of a major refurbishment.
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COMMUNITY-spirited residents have been celebrating the completion of one of the first stages of renovation work on their village hall and are continuing to support on-going fundraising to up-date the historic building.

Tansley Village Hall Committee confirmed it has so far raised £70,750 thanks to donations and grant bids and has completed part of its community centre project work but still needs around £80,000 to £130,000 to finish the overall scheme.

Village hall secretary Chris Knightley said: “The project has been broken into stages so we can complete one step at a time because funding is difficult to access at the moment. This is another reason why we’ve been so very grateful for people’s generous donations and fundraising efforts.”

Completed renovation so far includes the expansion of toilet facilities and a disabled-friendly entrance and the next stage includes a new ground floor and roof windows.

The committee launched an appeal in 2008 and money has been donated thanks to fundraising events, a lotto, a buy-a-slate scheme and a £25,000 legacy from the late, former Matlock Mercury owner Beryl Uprichard. Funding grants have also come from Tansley Parish Council, Derbyshire County Council, Derbyshire Dales District Council and the Derbyshire Community Foundation.

Those wishing to support the scheme can visit www.tansleyvillagehall.org.uk or can call Mr Knightley on 01629 584243.