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Yarlington Village Hall, Somerset – Refurbishment Project

 

This hall had been the focus for community events and activities since 1921, and this improvement project gave it a new lease of life.

The improved hall now provides residents of all ages with a warm, communal facility suitable for leisure, educational and support activities, as well as meetings, events and parties.

When it started planning the project, the hall’s management committee originally envisaged knocking the hall down and building a new one. However, when they started to cost designs submitted by architects, they realised that it would be very expensive compared with rebuilding the existing hall. So, order to save money, they started planning this improvement project.

The project replaced the building’s west wall and its timberwork, several rotting skirting boards and the floor. New windows and a damp course were also installed, and the walls drylined, replastered and redecorated.

The building was rewired and a new heating system installed. Access was added for wheelchair users, disabled people, those with limited mobility, and parents with prams. Finally, the hall’s outside area was landscaped and resurfaced.

A wide range of groups use the hall for activities and events, including the Yarlington Fringe Arts Festival. It is also used for meetings, parties and other private functions. Its poor state was beginning to affect users’ comfort and safety and these improvements were urgently needed if it was going to be in use for another 92 years.

There was overwhelming support from villagers for the work. The management committee consulted widely to ensure the project will bring maximum benefits. This was demonstrated by the huge positive response to two village surveys held to determine the hall’s future.