Lottery funding secures new village hall

A village hall in north Cornwall is to be rebuilt after securing more than £400,000 in lottery funding.

Cornwall Council said the "dilapidated" Otterham and St Juliot Village Hall which was built in the 1950s, would be replaced by a new building.

The community received £420,000 from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Buildings grant.

Since the appeal for a hall was launched in 2007, supporters have raised £56,500.

Originally used as a military building at Dawlish in Devon, the old hall was moved to its present site, at Marshgate, in the late 1950s.

The wooden structure was seated on a concrete float, with walls covered with corrugated sheeting.

Val Gill, secretary of the hall and fundraising co-ordinator said: "The Hall has served the parishes well over the decades but the life of the building has come to an end."

When the new hall is finished it will offer new activities, including badminton and short mat bowling.

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