New village hall in Belton is officially opened by Lord Brownlow

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Lord Brownlow cut the ribbon to officially open the new village hall in Belton on Friday.

The building, known as the Old School, has had various uses in the past including a store and a residence. When the last tenant left the building more than three years ago the National Trust set to work on remodelling the building as a village hall.

Lord Brownlow officially opens the new village hall in Belton watched by Alec Gordon, General Manager of the National Trust in Lincolnshire. Photo: 0164A

Lord Brownlow officially opens the new village hall in Belton watched by Alec Gordon, General Manager of the National Trust in Lincolnshire. Photo: 0164A

Lord Brownlow and Lady Brownlow, who owned Belton House until 1984 when the National Trust took over the running of the estate, joined a gathering of villagers and invited guests before declaring the hall open. Coun Ray Wootten, chairman of Lincolnshire County Council, and Coun David Nalson, chairman of South Kesteven District Council, were also in attendance.

Lord Brownlow told the Journal that the hall would be central to village life. He said: “There is nowhere in the village where you can meet and celebrate those important occasions so it is hugely important and it has a special place in the hearts and affections of the people in the village.

“I rejoice that it has been put back to its former glory and is safely in the hands of the National Trust.”

Alec Gordon, General manager for National Trust Lincolnshire, said the hall was the culmination of three years of hard work.

Mr Gordon added: “I am delighted we are able to take a further step to put the heart back into the community. It’s natural for the National Trust to be involved and it’s all about our relationship with the community, with our tenants and with neighbours, and by strengthening this relationship I believe we are doing our part in putting the heart back into the village.”