A VILLAGE hall that has been described the “hub of the community” has re-opened after being closed for three years.
Cranfield Village Hall closed its doors in 2009 when surveyors deemed the building unsafe after carrying out a safety survey of the premises.
The 100-year-old building has now undergone a massive refurbishment, and it re-opened officially on Saturday with a special afternoon tea celebration.
Treasurer of the village hall committee Marjorie Cotton was behind the refurbishment project, which cost around £200,000.
She said: “It has been a long, long road and a lot of hard work, but I’m really happy that we are now open again.
“I actually suggested that we have a survey carried out because the building was so old and in a bit of a state of disrepair.
“We were advised to close after the surveyors basically said the building could come down like a pack of cards if there was a heavy storm or anything like that.”
The building in Court Road was heavily used before it closed down, and it is already booked up for every Saturday next month.
Marjorie added: “A lot of people actually doubted the village hall would ever open again, but I was like a dog with a bone, I was determined that we would open again.
“The hall was a very popular facility in the village before we closed and a lot of groups had to move out of the village, which was a shame.
“But we are really happy that all the groups can now move back in and we have a dedicated facility. It is definitely something that we need in Cranfield.”
The hall’s first event is taking place on Saturday with a concert from 7pm.
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