Improvements to safeguard village hall's future

John Hymas starting off the building work on the new sports hall entrance being carefully supervised by vice chairman Mr Kevan Dean.
John Hymas starting off the building work on the new sports hall entrance being carefully supervised by vice chairman Mr Kevan Dean.
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A village hall in the Ribble Valley has been given a new lease of life thanks to an active set of volunteers.

Following consultation with local residents, significant improvements are underway at the village hall in Mellor which is managed by Mellor Community Association.

Last year the all weather tennis court was resurfaced, a new 5-a-side football pitch marked out and a touch of “joie de vivre” added with the creation of a boules court.

This year, with the help of funding from Lancashire Environmental Fund, work has started on building a new entrance to the sports hall, incorporating new disabled facilities. The new entrance is scheduled to be completed by the end of March.

Plans are also well advanced to replace the sports hall floor and to install state-of-the-art, ecologically friendly “air source” under floor heating. When this is complete it is hoped that Mellor Village Hall will be a carbon neutral building.

Chairman of Mellor Community Association John Hymas said: “We’re really lucky to have a forward looking committee and very active set of volunteers and are already one of the best used village halls in the Ribble Valley hosting a wide range of activities from archery to zumba. On the sports side there’s indoor bowls, genjitsu, badminton, pickle ball, walking netball and short tennis.

“We also play host to a singing group, junior and adult drama, line dancing and a thriving guide group.

“The upgrade programme now underway will make the hall even more accessible and pleasant to be in. I’m really grateful to everyone helping to make these improvements possible, safeguarding the village hall into the future.”

For more information visit Mellor Village Hall’s website at https://e-voice.org.uk/mellorvillagehall