Holbeach St Marks is celebrating its second cash windfall within a year after securing a grant of almost £10,000 to improve the village hall.
The Big Lottery Fund has given the village £9,785 to install a new heating system at Holbeach St Marks Village Hall and recondition its floor.
Delighted members of the village hall committee are marking their success in getting a lottery grant through its Awards for All programme by hosting a family fun day on Saturday between 11am and 3pm.
Land train rides, craft stalls and a dog show are some of the attractions at the event which will also mark the first anniversary of the opening of a £50,000 play park in Holbeach St Marks.
Mark Wooding, chairman of the village hall committee, said: “We’re very pleased with the lottery grant which has come at the right time because we know people have been put off from using the hall because it doesn’t have proper heating.
“There was a bit of a stigma about the hall and Holbeach St Marks in the past but we really seem to be turning a corner after listening to what people want, last year with the play park and this year with the hall.
“Hopefully we’ll have a nice, warm village hall with a reconditioned floor which will allow us to promote the venue more and get some more bookings in.
“It’s a brilliant facility but it’s not used as much as it could be and we hope the improvements will make a very big difference.”
Committee members were helped in their application by Holbeach county councillor Nick Worth who said: “The Awards for All grant is really good news for the village hall and it will bring it into the 21st century.
“Holbeach St Marks will have a nice, warm hall for people to use and the improvements will make it attractive enough to get new bookings in.”
Holbeach Parish Council chairman Terry Harrington said: “I’m delighted for the village hall committee and the grant will really help them.”