Threatened Lincolnshire town hall wins grants


A Lincolnshire town hall saved from demolition two months ago has won grants worth £77,000 for refurbishment.

Horncastle Town Hall, which has been renamed Stanhope Hall, was reopened in August after a campaign to save it.

Stanhope Hall Group chairman Bill Aron said the money would be spent to improve the cloak rooms and create a new ground floor meeting room.

The grants include a £33,000 community hall grant and a £44,000 grant from an environmental charity.

"We are delighted with the grants but there is still a lot of work to do. We are still waiting on results of other applications for other grant funding," Mr Aron said.

The campaign to save the 109-year-old hall from demolition began five years ago, with local residents even bidding to run the building themselves.

The hall was originally built to accommodate army volunteers, before being used as a concert hall but in later years it had been home to the town council and the East Lindsey District Council.

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