Villagers unveil new-look village hall

Work in progress on a new disabled access ramp at Dunsop Bridge village hall (s).
Work in progress on a new disabled access ramp at Dunsop Bridge village hall (s).

Villagers at Dunsop Bridge have thanked the organisations which helped pay for improvements at their hall.

Work started exactly a year ago at the village hall with funding from Ribble Valley Borough Council, the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Lancashire County Council.

The new-look hall was 
recently unveiled to residents at a “Winter Warmer” open afternoon.

“Without the generosity and support of the funders we would not have been able to carry out the improvements that have made such a difference to our village hall and a sincere thanks must go to all of them,” said Sheila Paton, secretary of Dunsop Bridge Village Hall Committee.

“We also want to thank to Finlay Hodge at Rural Futures for his support and advice and all of our volunteers for their unerring help throughout this busy but very worthwhile year.”

The project began with 
insulating a sloped ceiling that runs the full length of the hall.

A new kitchen was 
installed and new flooring put down in the kitchen and committee room. All areas were decorated afterwards.

The committee then 
secured £15,000 of funding from the Lancashire 
Environmental Fund and a further £4,000 from AONB for a new disabled toilet/wet room/baby change room.

The ladies and gents toilets were totally refurbished and two new storage areas built, single glazed windows were double glazed, new 
double glazed disabled entrances were installed at the front and rear of the hall, plus lambs wool insulation was put in any roof spaces not already insulated. The county council funded a disabled ramp and rails for the new entrance at the rear of the hall.

Sheila Paton added: “We still have some jobs that we would like to carry out, but these will be for the coming year.”