First stage of hall re­vamp to get un­der way

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Family Announcements - By Rachael Woods

A long-held dream to re­vive a vil­lage hall is a step closer as work is set to be­gin on a new roof.

Ten­ter­den town coun­cil­lor Ken Mul­hol­land has cham­pi­oned a £400,000 project to give St Michael’s vil­lage hall a new lease of life.

The im­proved build­ing in Grange Road will be ex­tended at the front and back with of­fices, toi­lets, chang­ing rooms, a modern kitchen and a mez­za­nine floor.

In the first stage of the re­fur­bish­ment which is due to be­gin in Au­gust, Ten­ter­den-based Andy Gill Build­ing Ser­vices will re­move the as­bestos roof and re­place it with modern tiles in a £100k project.

Cllr Mul­hol­land, who is chair­man of the hall man­age­ment com­mit­tee, said that a com­bi­na­tion of fundrais­ing ef­forts by the com­mit­tee, plus grants re­ceived from Ash­ford Borough Council (ABC) and Kent County Council (KCC), to­gether with a low cost loan from Ten­ter­den Town Council (TTC), had helped to be­gin the hall’s trans­for­ma­tion.

The hall is a reg­is­tered char­ity dat­ing back to 1967, which is held in trust for the people of St Michael’s, and Cllr Mul­hol­land said: “We feel very pleased and ex­cited with what has been achieved and hope that after the work is fin­ished it can be used by dif­fer­ent groups at the same time.”

Cllr Mul­hol­land has re­ceived help from nearby busi­ness Mid Kent Win­dows in Swain Road, St Michael’s with boss Kevin Wells hand­ing over a £1,000 cheque to­wards the cost of the project.

Kevin said: “The vil­lage hall is an im­por­tant as­set to St Michael’s. My chil­dren have happy mem­o­ries of en­joy­ing var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties over the years. It’s im­por­tant that the hall is able to ac­com­mo­date the needs of a new gen­er­a­tion of users.”

Cllr Mul­hol­land added: “The trustees are ex­tremely grate­ful for this most gen­er­ous do­na­tion from Kevin. His phi­lan­throphic ges­ture was totally un­ex­pected and is a shin­ing ex­am­ple of com­mu­nity spirit.”

Busi­nesses will­ing to do­nate or sup­port the project are asked to con­tact Cllr Mul­hol­land on 07568 063309 or email ken­wmul@aol.com

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM4835553

Kevin Wells from Mid Kent Win­dows, presents a cheque to Cllr Mul­hol­land

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