Tipton celebrates community hall boost

PUBLISHED: 09:00 16 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:13 17 June 2010

TIPTON St John residents celebrated the completion of a £100,000 make-over of their community hall on Saturday.

TIPTON St John residents celebrated the completion of a £100,000 make-over of their community hall on Saturday.

The work has seen the construction of an extension to house a small hall area and ladies toilets along with the addition of a solar-panel assisted heating system, computers with broadband internet access and a digital projector.

Trustees were originally set to showcase improvements, funded by a major grant from the Big Lottery, in November only for flooding devastation in the village to put the event on ice.

The site came to the rescue of Tipton's badly hit primary school and acted as a temporary base for children and teachers until December as repair works took place.

Councillor Roger Giles formally opened the hall and said: "Tipton has had a hard time recently and faced a great deal of adversity in the past twelve months with flooding and the closure of its post office."

He went on to pour praise on the "magnificent" new facilities and the "tremendous" community spirit and hard work that went into the project.

In 2006, the hall was boosted by £30,000 of investment from charities, fundraising and local organisations and councils, which saw the installation of a commercial kitchen and new disabled and gents toilets.

Ottery St Mary Town Council will foot the bill for the hall's broadband costs.

Trustee for development Mike Anderson said the event went very well. He added: "Our purpose was to show people what we now have to offer. Most of our users had stalls and were able to show what they did."

"We are looking to encourage other potential users to come and see the new facilities themselves; whether it's the main hall, the new small hall, the computers or the projector. The facilities are ideal for running presentations, courses, holding meetings or private hire for parties.

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