Village hall replaced by a new model after 90 years

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A complete makeover of a “real rural hub” has begun with the demolition of a 90-year-old village hall.

Work has started to dismantle Weeton Village Hall ahead of a £400,000 revamp being undertaken as part of a nearby housing development.

The scheme will see a new building replace the old wooden structure.

Coun Janet Graham, a member of Weeton Parish Council, has been among those overseeing the revamp.

She said: “It’s a real rural hub and we do deserve a new village hall now. This one has come to the end of its life.

“As the villagers used it more, we needed more space.”

The building, a former Army Nissen hut, was purchased in 1922 from a barracks at Haydock, near St Helens, and reassembled in Weeton after being transported by horse and cart from Kirkham and Wesham railway station.

It served the village for many years, and during the Second World War, the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service used the hall as a canteen for the 7,500 soldiers stationed at Weeton Barracks.

Its replacement will include two halls and a smaller meeting room, as well as a kitchen and bar.

The cost of the refurbishment is being met by Northern Trust, which is building 20 houses in the village.

Coun Graham added: “It will have such better facilities I think we’ll attract lots of new events, we’ll have parties and weddings interested.

“It’ll be spanking new and we’ll be able to plough the money straight back into the village.”

Groups which use the current hall include the local Women’s Institute, young farmers, Taekwondo classes and dog training courses.

It is hoped the new hall will be ready for use in seven months time.

Coun John Singleton, who represents Weeton on Fylde Borough Council, said: “The hall is now the hub for village activities and has seen many community events such as a Mr and Mrs Show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Play

Your Cards Right, and many others.

“On these community nights the village hall is always full, and it will remain the hub of the village.”