VICTORIA REOPENS SIBFORD VILLAGE HALL

On Friday 30 June, Victoria reopened the Sibford Village Hall following a £30,000 transformation. The upgrades include energy efficient windows and doors, new insulation and state-of-the-art, low energy LED lighting. In order to accommodate hearing impaired users, there are further plans to introduce an audio-visual system.

Organisations that helped to fund the refurbishment include the Big Lottery Fund, the Midcounties Co-Operative, the Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment, the Doris Field Charitable Trust, the Town Estates Charity and village Parish Councils. The villagers even rolled up their sleeves to help with decorating and final touches.

At the opening, Victoria commented: “I was delighted to be asked to reopen the village hall in Sibford, and celebrate the hard work of the community and local organisations. Their support has enabled such a successful refurbishment, creating an accessible and welcoming community space. Having grown up, and now living in a village, I know how important village hall facilities are and I look forward to visiting the hall again in the future.”

David Allen, Development Funding Manager for the Hall added, “Much of the funding for our £30,000 project has come from charitable grants and we are hugely grateful to the Big Lottery Fund, the Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment, Grundon Ltd, the Midcounties Co-operative, the Doris Field Charitable Trust, the Town Estates Charity and our village Parish Councils for all their invaluable support”.