Ceredigion’s leading politicians have welcomed the fundraising success of Aberporth Village Hall’s “Heart of the Community” project.
The £450,000 Lottery grant awarded to Aberporth Village Hall Charity Committee to build a replacement hall has been described as ‘truly excellent news’ by Ceredigion MS Elin Jones while local MP Ben Jones said the hall offered “exciting opportunities” for the future.
The £1m project will see the large hall built in the 1930s demolished and re-built with a more flexible layout, while the 1950s brick-built smaller festival hall will be refurbished with modern kitchen and toilet facilities installed.
The village hall charity committee say the building will become a warm and welcoming community hub open for longer hours, while providing free wifi, a drop-in centre, community fridge and many other social activities.
“It's truly excellent news for Aberporth that such a substantial amount has been awarded by the Lottery to redesign and revitalise the hall,” said Ms Jones.
“Aberporth is a large community with a wide array of needs and having a modern, flexible community facility at the centre of the village is essential to the population's well-being.
“Congratulations to the team that is working so hard to put this project together.”
MP Ben Lake also praised the project.
He said: "I was delighted to learn that the Aberporth Village Hall committee have secured such a significant Lottery grant, and offer my warmest congratulations. The committee are to be commended on the way in which they have ensured the existing buildings have been maintained over the years, as well as encouraging their use by such a broad range of groups. As we begin to consider a future after Covid-19, the funding secured means the community in Aberporth can look forward to all the exciting opportunities the new hall will make possible."