Rushton Village Hall
The quaint, civil parish of Rushton, Northamptonshire has received a timely gift just ahead of the Christmas festivities, courtesy of a substantial £116,640 grant from local business Mick George Ltd, that has permitted a major makeover to the Village Hall building.
Since its purchase back in 1965, for a mere £900, Rushton Village Hall has become a thriving part of the local community. However, since the original refurbishment works that transformed the premises from its former Chapel use, to its current glory’, the Village Hall has been slightly neglected, despite the best efforts of the Trustees who have faithfully managed the site over the years.
Back in 2015, the common consensus amongst the Trustees was that the property was not fulfilling present day expectations, and that the Village Hall required modernising to 21st century facilities. Having appointed an architect, the Trustees were provided with many avenues to explore, and the outcomes have been sensational throughout.
One of the significant advancements is the separation of the main hall and meeting room, which allows for increased users to utilise the facilities at the same time. Other improvements include, a new kitchen, toilets, purpose built storage, roof structure, floor, windows, energy efficient utilities and a complete redecoration both internally and externally.
Splendidly, all of this has been achieved while restoring many of the buildings original features within the new design, maintaining the rich 100-year heritage of the location.
Even prior to the upgrades, the Village Hall was a popular venue for social events, fundraising activities and other communal gatherings, and it is almost inevitable that the appeal will only enhance thanks to the beautiful new surroundings. The 500-strong population of the village frequently host music groups, dance classes, pet clubs, quiz’s, film nights and other entertainment offerings at the site.
Kevin Abraham, Chairman of Rushton Village Hall Trustees said: ‘’The Trustees and community are much indebted to the generosity of the Mick George Community Fund which has been the major benefactor to this project. The Village Hall is now a building which the community can be proud of and will certainly make full use of.’’
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd said: ‘’Having a site within the immediate vicinity of Rushton means we are particularly familiar with the region and have built a wonderful relationship with the local community. We appreciate their support and wherever possible we’re always looking to give something back. We’re positive that the local residents will enjoy their new amenity.‘’