South Warwickshire village hall at Northend is reopened after welcome renovation

Burton Dassett Village Hall in Northend has just reopened after the completion of its first phase of renovation.

Monday, 28th June 2021, 12:41 pm
Updated Monday, 28th June 2021, 12:42 pm
Pictured, l - r are builder Sam White, guests of honour Betty Williams and Joyce Benfield and James Gordon-Cumming, treasure of the village hall committee.
Pictured, l - r are builder Sam White, guests of honour Betty Williams and Joyce Benfield and James Gordon-Cumming, treasure of the village hall committee.

An official reopening evening was held on Friday following refurbishment that has included installation of under-floor heating, insulation and a new toilet block.

The hall was built in 1934 and was enlarged through a number of small extensions over the next 30 years. In 2014 the hall was bequeathed £10,000 by villager Fred Gee. The following year the kitchen was condemned and eventually refurbished by the community, allowing the hall to be reopened.

In 2016, plans for a full refurbishment were drawn up with support of Warwickshire Rural Community Council and SWA Architects and a big fundraising drive began. The following year HS2 donated £70,000 to the fund, with £17,000 from the district council and villagers themselves raised a further £17,000.

Last year a team from SJ White Building Ltd started Phase 1 of the refurbishment plans which included the new underfloor heating, fully insulating the main hall, a new toilet block and porch. Before Friday's reopening the front garden was landscaped, thanks to C&W Knight of Fenny Compton.

Guests of honour were villagers Betty Williams and Joyce Benfield who had both been present at the inaugural opening ceremony in 1934.

James Gordon-Cumming, treasurer of the village hall, said: "The committee would like to thank everyone involved for getting the hall to the point where it is now a warm and inviting place for the community to meet and socialise. Special thanks to Sam White and his team for their excellent workmanship and dedication.

"Onwards to our next fundraising target to begin Phase 2 which will include a new kitchen, a separate meeting space/cafe, a backstage area for the drama club and new rear glazed doors leading to a large raised patio area."

In the photo: L-R Sam White (builder), Betty Williams (villager), Joyce Benfield (villager) and James Gordon-Cumming (Treasurer BDVH)