A VILLAGE hall has received £10,000 for a project to resurface the areas outside the building.

The trustees of Humshaugh Village Hall have been awarded money from the Community Fund of the National Lottery to pay for the work.

The hall opened in 1929 and has provided key services to the community of Humshaugh.

Originally built as a memorial to villagers who lost their lives during the First World War, it has been used by community groups including the WI and community choir.

However, its age meant that there was an ongoing need for maintenance and refurbishment, and it had been recognised for some years that the road surface outside the hall was breaking up.

The project will vastly improve the access for those who currently find it difficult to attend activities in the hall.

The site will be dug up during the work and a drainage gulley will be installed to direct the water away from the building.

Other donors to the project include the Sir James Knott Trust, the Evans Trust and the Joicey Trust and the trustees.

Chairwoman of trustees, Diana Linnett, said: “We would like to say a big thank you to all our funders without whom this project would simply not be possible.

“We hope to undertake the work during the summer while the hall is relatively quiet in time for the autumn activities to start again.

“When I took over as chairwoman of the village hall committee two years ago, I started to draw up a regeneration scheme for the hall.

“The Tarmacing work is only the start, as we have created a 10-year refurbishment plan to regenerate the hall.

“We have got a lot planned but it’s step by step and getting the right funding for it.”