Teens, tights and technology at village hall

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A community has rallied together to raise £35,000 for new village hall facilities catering to the young and old.

Haughley Village Hall management committee has secured funds to improve the facilities and provide more space for clubs and groups.

Mid Suffolk District Council awarded £5,000 towards creating a second hall and £10,000 to improving the toilets, Awards For All gave a total of £10,000 and Haughley Parish Council provided £5,000. The rest was raised by the committee, which organised dances, raffles and quizzes – and the Alfred Williams Trust also made a donation.

Sally Green, chair of the village hall management committee, said the project began two years ago when the newly formed youth club was struggling for a space to meet.

She said: “It was a job that needed doing.

“The youth club really needed somewhere to meet and they were really up against it.”

Vice-chairman of the committee, Robin Renton, said there were now two spaces which could be used independently for different meetings and groups, each with access to toilets and kitchen facilties.

The committee is now fund-raising to buy three laptops for the refurbished room, which will be open to clubs and groups for meetings and will also be used to run beginners computer classes.

Robin said: “We did a survey and had quite a bit of a response from older people who were keen to learn how to use the internet and emails.”

The village hall will be open from 10am to 1noon tomorrow so people can look around the new facilities.