People in Milton Malsor, near Northampton, are celebrating the completion of a £5,000 project to improve the village hall.
The village hall management committee have used £4,000 of Lottery funding to transform wasteland next to the village hall into an outside seating area.
A further £1,000 of village hall funds was used to add more seating and plants in the new garden area.
The village hall’s website has also been updated so people can now book and pay to use the hall online.
An official opening ceremony was held on Sunday which was attended by a number of people who have supported the project.
Andrew Lewis, chairman of the village hall management committee, said he believed the village now had one of the largest and best equipped halls in the Northampton area.
He said: “Milton Malsor Village Hall is both literally and metaphorically at the heart of our village.
“Milton Malsor Village Hall does not rely on one penny of public money – we seek to entirely fund our maintenance and development through the hire of the hall and ongoing fund-raising through a dedicated band of volunteers.
“This new addition of a garden to our facilities, along with many other developments including the new website, is leaving us well prepared to continue to serve the community in which we live well into the future. The rationale for all our improvements is simple – we have relatively fixed overheads, so if we can increase bookings we can keep prices down which is good for our hirers and it means we can continue to subsidise the use of the hall by local groups and clubs”
“We now have one of the largest and best equipped village halls in the area, available at one of the lowest rates.”