‘Villagers’ team up for hall refit

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A community has pulled together to raise thousands of pounds to refurbish the kitchen at their village hall.

Around £6,500 has been raised over the last year by the groups who use Duston Village Hall in Ashwood Road, Duston.

The hall, which is managed by a voluntary committee, has had its kitchen completely transformed thanks to the funds.

Elaine Wright, chairwoman of the Duston Village Hall committee, said: “The kitchen was old before, but we have now really updated it. We have a new oven, microwave and fridge and new cupboards.

“The hall is used every day and around 10 groups use it every week. They all use the kitchen for refreshments so it is essential that it is in good working order for them. The hall is now a better facility for the people that use it.”

The funds were raised by events organised by the groups, including coffee mornings and a Christmas fair, and a sum of money was also donated by Duston Parish Council.

Groups who use the hall include Duston Ladies group, line dancers, a mums and tots group and a Sunday school.

Mrs Wright said: “There is a real community feel to the hall. It is needed by the local people and well used by them.”

“We are really pleased with the amount of money we have managed to raise. We are always pleased with whatever we can do to maintain the upkeep of the hall.” The committee will now work to raise funds to redecorate the stage in the hall.