Bishop and lord join celebrations as village hall reopens

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A building which has served the Cossall community for 200 years has reopened after renovations, with a lord and bishop joining in celebrations.

After years of fundraising by village residents the Bishop of Sherwood, the Rt Rev Tony Porter, declared the Old School Room in Cossall officially open on Wednesday, May 4.

The bishop kicked off an evening of celebrations with residents and invited guests, including Lord Middleton— whose grandfather had given the building to St Catherine’s Church in 1927.

Starting its life as a single room school for the children of Cossall in 1816, the building has been used for community events since its closure as a school, but was greatly in need of updating.

Thanks to a £50,000 grant from Biffa Award and £30,000 generated through community events, it now enjoys a modern kitchen, and a disabled toilet extension, giving the original room more space.

Resident Marilyn Reed said: “It was a great night, the hall was full and everyone was delighted at the transformation to the building.

“Slater Electrical Services, the contractors who carried out the work have both retained, and added character to this lovely building by exposing the beamed ceiling and the two fireplaces which had remained hidden for so many years.”

The works have also added a new wooden floor and enhanced lighting to ensure the building can now be used for a whole range of activities and events which will appeal to all ages.

Residents are now looking forward to using the facilities and visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy refreshments there at the Cossall Open Gardens on Sunday, June 5.

While retaining its original name, the building will also be known as Cossall Community Hall in recognition of the enormous part the community played in ensuring it can be enjoyed by future generations.