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Work starts on rebuild of fire hit Ponsanooth community hall
2:00pm Saturday 10th August 2013 in News
Five years after Ponsanooth Community Hall fell victim to arsonists and was raised to the ground, villagers are celebrating as work to rebuild it got underway.
As part of the celebrations, Chris Trewern, chairman of the Friends of Ponsanooth Hall, brought along a trowel which dates back to 1892 and was used during the construction of the original hall.
The Friends of Ponsanooth Hall fought a five year battle to raise the money needed to carry out the project.
The Methodist Church committed the £450,000 insurance claim to the project which released a small budget to kick-start the fundraising activities.
Ponsanooth Hall Management Company was set up and worked with the community to secure £347,000 from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities – Building Fund. Additional grants came from the Garfield West Foundation, Kerrier Council, the Methodist Church and a further £15,000 has been raised by the local community.
Midas Construction are responsible for the re-build and anticipate it taking nine months to complete, with an opening expected in spring 2014.
The new eco-friendly building will include a large hall with catering facilities, community drop-in cafe, meeting room and office space open to all residents, neighbouring villages and businesses.
Kevin Bate, operations director for Midas Construction, said: “It is fantastic to have so many of the local community down here to welcome our team on to the site. It just shows how important this building will be to the area once completed.”
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