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Lawshall village hall at risk of closing

Steven Martin, current chairman of the village hall committee, and his wife Diana, who is secretary, are stepping down at the AGM on March 12.

Steven Martin, current chairman of the village hall committee, and his wife Diana, who is secretary, are stepping down at the AGM on March 12.

A village, which has already lost its pub, is now in danger of losing its hall, magazine and lottery.

Steven and Diana Martin will be stepping down from Lawshall’s Village Hall Management Committee next month.

If a new chairman and secretary are not found by the annual general meeting on March 12, the keys will be handed back to the trustees and the village hall could close.

Steven, chairman of two years, said: “No-one’s interested and we’ve been advertising it for months. I only agreed to take it over for the last year because it was going to close.”

They also want someone to take over updating the village website and organising the village lottery draws.

Steven - who with Diana also served as hall caretaker for 10 years - said if it was to shut, the future of the monthly Round and About Lawshall magazine, produced by the hall committee, and the village lottery, the hall’s biggest fund-raiser, would also be in jeopardy.

“I’m very sad about it but with my own job it’s too much,” he said.

Diana said: “I think it’s a real shame because we’ve already lost the pub.”

Groups that use the hall include mothers and toddlers, Zumba, bowls and a youth club.

 

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