An Ampthill community hall run by volunteers has been recognised for its improved facilities.
Parkside Community Hall, a charity run by a voluntary managment committee, beat off competition from all over the central region to win the Best Public Service Building Award from Local Authority Building Control (LABC).
The awards, open to entrants from Beds, Herts, Bucks, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire, were presented on Friday.
The original 1960s building, which was dogged by high maintenance running costs, has been extended and updated and now offers far more facilities within a high specification efficient building.
The new construction has emerged with multi coloured weatherproof panelling which has proved a great talking point.
However the rebirth of the community structure has not just been one of striking architecture – it has once again become a great social hub for the town.
Each week townsfolk can attend a large range of classses and activities including singing, karate, Zumba, keep fit and pre-school provision, as well as shows including pantomime, children’s magic shows, live comedy, musical nights. It has also played host to a Burns Night supper and dance and is available for private fuctions such as weddings.
The hall will be hosting a midsummer party on June 21 in aid of the local scouts.
For more information visit towww.parksidehall.org.uk.
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