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Dilapidated Welney hall to be replaced

Welney Cricket Pavilion and Recreation Fields ANL-150804-183210009
Welney Cricket Pavilion and Recreation Fields ANL-150804-183210009

A dilapidated village hall is going to be replaced with a £222,000 new community centre.

People in Welney have been working for many years to replace their outdated wooden pavilion on village playing field off Herne Drove.

Planning permission has been granted for a new specially designed single storey building on the playing field.

Welney Parish Council has now raised the £222,000 needed to replace the building.

The project has received £127,000 from the Marshals Charity in Welney, £38,000 from WREN’s FCC Communities Fund and £43,000 from Sport England Inspired Facilities Fund.

A council spokesman said: “The parish council would like to thank the awarding bodies for their generous support, which will make a huge difference to our community.

“We would also like to thank the customers of Waitrose in Ely who generously supported our project with over £200 from their charities of month.

“Recent local events such as the very popular Welney Water Gala and the sports and fun day, raised a further £2,700. Together with funds held by the parish council of more than £8,500, from previous events, we now are able to commission the new building.”

Downham company MRC Modular will be putting up the building using modular construction methods.

The new hall will be able to support a wide range of sports and village activities, including meetings of the Women’s Institute, Friendship Club, along with cricket, table tennis, yoga, carpet bowls and dog training.

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