Heydour hall is demolished

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The demolition of Heydour Parish Hall took place on Tuesday, ready for a new building to take its place next year.

The hall dated from the First World War and was largely made up of an officers’ mess hut used by the Machine Gun Corps at Belton House.

Villagers in Heydour, Aisby, where the hall is located, and Oasby, have raised £85,000 in almost four years to help pay for the new building. The Big Lottery Fund has also contributed £500,000, with £75,000 from Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd (WREN), about £26,000 from Lincolnshire County Council and South Kesteven District Council, and £10,000 from Garfield Weston Foundation.

Chairman of Heydour Parish Hall committee Norman Hatcliff said: “The new hall will give us 63 per cent more usable space. It will be significantly larger. There will be a permanent stage, a separate meeting room and a fully equipped kitchen.

“For a community of this size to get this far is amazing. I am very excited about it. This new hall will be a legacy for a hundred years whereas the old building has also been here for a hundred years. The new hall will be built in a style to complement the buildings around the green.”

Mike Bromige, chairman of the parish council and vice-chairman of the hall committee, said: “I have been in the village for 17 years. It’s a very lively community and the committee have put in a lot of work. It’s wonderful.”

The new hall is due to be completed by June next year.