Villagers mark end of hall era

Honington is saying goodbye to its World War 2 vintage hall having received lottery funding for a new one
Honington is saying goodbye to its World War 2 vintage hall having received lottery funding for a new one
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Villagers of Honington and Sapiston have said farewell to their World War 2 vintage village hall.

They went to the hall last Sunday to celebrate getting a £475,500 Big Lottery Award which means work can start on a new hall this autumn.

Linda Howe, secretray of the hall committee, said: “It has been a whole community effort, with tremendous support from user groups, individuals, the Rural Pastimes Committee, local businesses, the Euston Estate, and the parish, district and county councils.”

The wooden hall was built by the US Air Force as a chapel at RAF Honington and after the war was moved to its current site, on land donated by the Duke of Grafton.

Over the years it has seen many celebrations and village events and was clad in metal, but it was condemned in 2007. Since then the community has been raising money to replace it.

The new building, using environmentally friendly construction and energy, will take about six months to build. It will feature full disabled access and improved catering and meeting facilities.