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Plans by a residents’ group to take over the running of Whaplode St Catherine Memorial Hall are on track after talks this week.

The hall’s future looked bleak when its trustees voted to close it for good next month, but a new group is hoping to step in and manage it.

Talks between those interested in running the hall and the existing management committee were held on Tuesday and a formal handover of responsibilities is expected to take place at the committee’s annual general meeting at the Memorial Hall on June 12.

Jane Wright, a prospective member of the new management committee, said: “Tuesday’s meeting reaffirmed that there’s a new committee to take over managing the hall, raising its profile and providing what the residents want.

“The official handover will happen at the annual general meeting and once things are sorted out, grants will be applied for and ideas put forward to get more lettings for the hall.”

Ray Rye, chairman of the existing management committee, said: “It was a constructive meeting to a certain degree and when we have the annual general meeting, hopefully we can then move forward.”