After extensive refurbishment work, one of Ranby’s oldest residents, Mavis Wollerton BEM, cut the ribbon to declare Ranby Village Hall ‘open for business’.
Extensive works have been undertaken to ensure the hall can be enjoyed by future generations of local people. The hall is an important focal point for the local community, who use the hall for a wide variety of activities such as parties, dancing classes and coffee mornings.
Mavis Wollerton said: “It has long been my wish for the hall to be updated. I think it looks brilliant — it is a warm and welcoming place that will attract new users from the local community.”
John Hilton, Chairman of the Trustees at the Village Hall said: “I’m pleased with the refurbishments which will improve the hall for users and reduce our energy costs.
Solar company Solarcentury provided £26,000 to upgrade the felt roof tiles to a robust metal, and also funded the heat pump climate control units that heat or cool the hall as required. This system is far more efficient than direct electrical heating, using 50% to 75% less energy, so will therefore save the hall money and cut its carbon emissions.
Wren provided £46,000 to help reduce running costs by upgrading the windows, wall and roof insulation, and also funded the new kitchen, the disabled ramp and front door access. Babworth Parish Council provided £15,000 which paid for the new fire alarm system, fire proof doors and kitchen hatch, flooring throughout and window blinds.
The Trustees thank all the funders, contractors and volunteers for their support and are confident the local community will enjoy the new hall and its facilities for years to come.