Old hall takes big leap into 21st century

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A £50,000 makeover has given Donington Church Hall a new lease of life, which will be celebrated at a big relaunch lunch on Sunday.

The old hall, opposite St Mary and the Holy Rood, was built from public subscription in about 1900.

There have been previous renovations, but the latest work in the early part of this year has made it fit for 21st century life and the single-brick walled building is now inviting, warm and cosy inside.

Parochial church council treasurer Jane Pearson said: “We have had it completely rewired, new insulated wall linings – plastered and painted, new wall lights, new ceiling and ceiling lights, new heating system, new floor and we now have triple-glazed windows – and to top it off we’ve had new blinds and a nice big clock that can be seen across the length of the hall.

“This project has taken it not just to the 20th century but to the 21st century. People have come in and said ‘it’s so warm, it’s so bright, it’s so nice’. Overall the project has delivered us such an improved environment that it has far exceeded our expectations.

“It is wonderful and we can’t wait for all of our users to come in and see what has been achieved.”

The hall will be a major focus at church events, including the flower festival from April 25 to May 3.

The church raised about a quarter of the cash and the rest came from Bicker Wind Farm Trust, Lincolnshire County Council, South Holland District Council and the waste recycling organisation, WREN.

Sunday’s relaunch lunch will be attended by 70-80 guests, including county councillor Sue Wray (Donington Rural), who will present a plaque to mark completion of the work.