New Isham village hall now open

Marlene Freeman cuts the ribbon to officially open Isham's new village hall, watched by John Lambert
Marlene Freeman cuts the ribbon to officially open Isham's new village hall, watched by John Lambert

A decade of planning and fundraising has paid off for Isham residents with the official opening of its long-awaited £200,000 village hall.

The project involved the demolition of the dilapitated 80-year-old wooden hall in Church Street, using the existing site for the new build.

Funding for the scheme came mainly from an old Isham fund worth £150,000 known as the Mortar Pits Charity with a further boost of £50,000 from WREN Landfill Communities Fund.

Villagers raised the remainder over 10 years with generous donations from residents and fundraising including grants of financial support from the Maud Elkington Charitable Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, NCC Empowering Councillors Community Fund and Isham Parish Council.

The building work was carried out as a design and build project by The Duffin Partnership of Orlingbury and includes a main hall seating 80 people, kitchen area and toilets with a disabled access lift from the pavement level.

John Lambert, chairman of the Isham Village Hall Committee, said: “The fundraising was a huge slog with a big effort by the whole village so we’re really pleased to see the hall finally built and it is already hosting many groups such as the Over 60s Ladies Circle and the parish council.”

The new hall was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony performed by former Isham lollipop lady Marlene Freeman.