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Work starts on the Village Hall

Thursday, 28 March, 2013 (All day)

The builders have started work on the Village Hall



and the names of the builders from 1901 have been discovered on the wall


Work started this week on the major renovation scheme at Threlkeld Village Hall – it is a £650,000  project, two thirds funded by the Big Lottery. It was kicked off by a group of people from the Village Hall Support Group, with the first digging being done by teenagers Lucy Bennett and Katie Hewitson.  

The main contractors are Carlisle-based Postlethwaite Construction Ltd, who were successful in a competitive tender for the work.

As well as a complete revitalisation of the 112 year old Main Hall, a new rear extension will be built to house a commercial Coffee Shop run entirely for community benefit. A ground source heating system will run from ten 300 foot deep boreholes under the car park feeding into underfloor pipes.  Internal fittings will be of an especially high quality. The building will be totally accessible for people of limited mobility, with automatic sliding doors and a wheelchair lift. It has been described as a Village Hall to last another 100 years.

Trevor Roberts, Chairman of the Threlkeld Village Hall Trust, said: “The Threlkeld community has been working towards this point since 2007, so this is a big moment for a lot of us locally. We are very pleased to be teaming up with Postlethwaite Construction Ltd, a company of excellent track record and reputation. Between us we will deliver a Village Hall of unmatched quality, justifying the faith which our funders have placed in us”.

Graeme Postlethwaite, Managing Director of Postlethwaite Construction Ltd, said: “This is a truly exciting project for us. It involves the challenge of combining a traditional building with some of the most modern features of construction. We will also be working in the heart of a community which we know will be very interested in what we are doing. All our team are looking forward to it”.    

The work will take until December 2013. The Hall and Coffee Shop will open for business early in January 2014.As well as accommodating the range of village activities and organisations, other planned uses include  a weekly open community forum for local people; a coordinated programme of exercise, dance and keep fit activities for all ages, supported by Sport England; a series of social events; professional music, drama, arts etc events throughout the year; adult education classes; a holiday scheme for children; youth evenings and entertainment for children; events, activities and advice sessions aimed at older people. The Hall will also be more extensively used for overnight stays by youth groups; for conferences and meetings; and for parties, receptions etc.  

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