Ribbon is cut for new village hall

The Duke of Grafton, Duke Harry, officially opens the new Honington and Sapiston village hall ANL-141125-122726001
The Duke of Grafton, Duke Harry, officially opens the new Honington and Sapiston village hall ANL-141125-122726001

More than 200 people flocked to the newly built Honington and Sapiston village hall on Friday for the building’s grand opening.

The innovative building was funded through £500,000 from the Big Lottery fund as well as contributions local businesses, councils and the generosity of villagers.

The building replaces the old village hall which was built during World War Two as a church for US soldiers based at Honington.

Village Hall committee member Linda Howe, said fund-raising for the hall began in 2007.

She said: “The project started because we wanted disabled access to the old village hall but we found it would be impossible to deliver.

“So we started looking for lottery funding for a new hall.

“It was incredibly ambitious for a community like us.”

The Duke of Grafton, Duke Harry, cut the green ribbon to officially open the hall in front of cheering villagers last week.

The project was overseen by committee chairman Trevor Jay, his wife Sue and Linda Howe.

Among the donations and loans towards the project were Duke Harry, who donated land for the car park, the parish council for funding the kitchen, Greene King which installed the bar, St Edmundsbury Borough Council for kitchen equipment and Transforming Suffolk who funded a secure children’s area.

Generous donations and loans were also contributed by a large number of residents.

Linda said: “This is very much a community project - we have had huge support from local people. It is great it is now up and running.”