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Salt residents celebrate village hall make-over

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: May 23, 2014

  • BEFORE...the old wooden walls at Salt Village Hall

  • AFTER...the smart new brickwork

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RESIDENTS OF Salt are celebrating a make-over of their village hall, thanks to a project to replace the two remaining wooden walls of the former First World War army hut with brickwork.

The wooden walls had rotted at the base and urgent action was needed to ensure the long-term viability of the hall.

An appeal went out to villagers to support a Buy-a-Brick scheme for the new walls and village hall committee treasurer Bill Mitchell said they had responded "magnificently" by contributing £5,580 to the scheme.

Residents also provided a further £5,000 in interest-free loans.

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"This was an amazing achievement for such a small community and it demonstrates the importance villagers place on the village hall as a centre for community activities," Mr Mitchell said.

The balance of the £32,791 project cost came from grants and village hall funds.

Staffordshire County Council awarded £14,505 and Councillor Len Bloomer contributed £1,000 from his Local Community Fund allocation.

A ceremony was held this week by Salt Village Hall Committee to thank the funders and to unveil a plaque officially recognising the generous support of the contributors to their Buy-a-Brick scheme.

The plaque was unveiled by Councillor Len Bloomer, accompanied by Cathy Russell from the Community Council of Staffordshire.

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