Rebuild was one Hall of a job!

Reopening of Singleton Village Hall after its refurbishment with a Big Lottery Grant of �34,600.

Reopening of Singleton Village Hall after its refurbishment with a Big Lottery Grant of �34,600.

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Years of hard work has finally paid off for the dedicated group of volunteers behind a major village hall revamp.

Almost 300 people turned up to celebrate the grand opening of the new-look Singleton Village Hall.

The hall, on Station Road, was closed for six months while it was almost entirely rebuilt as part of an ambitious £360,000 project.

But the group who masterminded it all said the finished product was well worth the wait.

Coun Maxine Chew, who has spent three years working on the project, said: “It has exceeded my expectations far greater than I ever could have imagined.”

The project was mainly financed through a £345,000 Big Lottery Grant that Coun Chew spent years working on.

But she said the whole community had come together to help raise enough for the revamp to go ahead.

She said: “This has been three long years in the planning. It makes you want to burst with pride at what this committee has achieved.”

And she reserved special praise for project manager Bob Gallagher, who oversaw the building work, and Kristina Wilson who spent hours helping with the lottery bid.

Now she hopes the new-look hall will get plenty of use – especially as it has a fully equipped bar and kitchen that she said make it perfect for any function.

Coun Chew added: “We had a couple who came to see if the place would be suitable for their wedding. She was very impressed with it and the facilities.”