Residents of Ashbury in Oxfordshire recently celebrated the official reopening of their newly refurbished village hall by unveiling a stunning handmade textile map of their parish.
Nearly 100 residents, aged from four to 86, contributed to the illustrated map, which includes embroidery, photographs and paintings representing individual homes, wildlife and historical features.
The weekend of celebrations marked the end of a refurbishment programme at the hall, which over the last two years has seen the installation of a new kitchen, new toilets and baby changing facilities.
The final phase of the project followed an energy audit conducted last year by the Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment (TOE2), and included the introduction of more energy efficient features, such as low energy lighting, roof insulation, and secondary and double glazing for the windows.
Helping to contribute to the work with a donation of £5,000, was Grundon Waste Management, which partners with TOE2 to support such projects through the Landfill Communities Fund.
Toni Robinson, Grundon’s compliance manager and TOE2 representative, joined the festivities and said afterwards: “The transformation from how the old hall looked before to how it is now was amazing. The main hall now has such a lovely feel to it and the natural light was flooding in, which never used to happen.
“It was lovely to talk to the villagers, who were so excited about the works and what had been achieved.”
Maggie Simons, chairman of Ashbury Village Hall Committee, said: “It is a wonderful achievement to have transformed the hall and its facilities over the last two and a half years. The village now has an excellent facility for meetings, events, workshops and parties and the committee thanks everyone who has made this possible.”
Around 200 local residents attended the weekend celebrations, which also included cream teas and a historical walk around the village.
Other contributors to the project included the Vale of White Horse District Council, whose chairman Cllr Mike Badcock, was among those who attended the opening event. The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation also provided a grant and there were donations from the local community. A team from the Nationwide branch in Swindon also helped make their mark by helping to complete some last minute painting.Back to news