The village hall at Haynes has been reopened following a £100,000 refurbishment project and is now celebrating its 40th anniversary.
The work involved roof replacement, new windows and major ancillary works aimed at protecting the fabric of the building.
Richard James, chairman of Haynes Parish Council, said: “The village hall is the community hub for Haynes residents of all ages and also generates many visitors from outside the area through a varied programme of events plus commercial bookings.
“The renovation work aims to ensure that the hall can maintain this role for the foreseeable future.”
The parish council’s building contract was undertaken by the M & J Group of Bedford in conjunction with Robinson & Hall, chartered surveyors.
The hall was re-opened by Roger French, chairman of the RSSB at Haynes Park, which made a significant financial contribution to the project.
The village hall was built in 1975 in an initiative by residents with the support of Haynes Parish Council.
The building is leased to and administered by the Haynes Village Hall Trustees.
Thanks were paid to the project team of Bill Critchley, Alan Morgan and Derek Braybrook and villagers who are paying more than 80 per cent of the costs.