A VILLAGE hall that has been at the heart of its Dales community for nearly 100 years has been given a new lease of life thanks to a generous donation from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund.

The £59,363 has meant Stainforth Village Hall has been given a thorough refurbishment, so it can once again be used by residents, businesses and others for a variety of events throughout the year, including a garden party, barbecue and afternoon teas.

Two years ago, it became apparent after burst pipes, electrical issues and the cancellations of events, that it was not fit for purpose anymore.

With the determination and hard work of volunteers and support from the village and parish council, the village hall management committee applied for funding from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund.

Martin Dobson, operations manager at Tarmac’s Dry Rigg and Arcow quarries, said: "We are delighted to have been able to support this project as it's clear to see how beneficial the renovations will be for so many. The hall is clearly a popular place with the community and so being able to provide funding through the fund to restore it is a great way to support a community in which we operate.”

Abigail Horsfall, chair of Stainforth Parish Council, said: “The council is happy to support the village hall management committee in their regenerative building and improvement works to the village hall.

"The works will ensure that the hall continues to be a prime community asset for the village in the provision of activities for all members of our community.”

Carol Smith, chair of Stainforth Village Hall said: “It is fabulous to see the vision of the village hall management committee and resulting refurbishment now complete, the hall has been truly transformed by the renovations into a fit for purpose community hub for future generations.

"The hall provides many different services and events for residents, local community and businesses, and we are extremely grateful for the funding from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund. We are looking forward to seeing the village hall now at its very best!"

Louise Sharp, Stainforth Village Hall added: “With our passion for our cultural history, our environmental and sustainable values, landscape and most importantly our goal to support our wonderful community, visitors and local and wider businesses, this project was very important to us to complete.

"We have gratefully achieved our goal to create new kitchen and toilet facilities to help sustain and nourish our community. We can’t thank all those who have supported us enough and the excellent work o everyone involved in the project.

"We look forward to welcoming you all to our hall in the future."