VILLAGERS at Frittenden celebrated the ‘much-needed’ renovation to the Memorial Hall with a drinks event on October 14.
The renovations to the hall included a new meeting room, kitchen, toilet facilities, a stage and performance equipment.
Guests at the event included Tim Bull DL, Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone and The Weald, Kent Community Foundation and many residents, who were all treated to a performance on the new stage by local ABBA tribute band ‘Shabba’.
Mr Keith Piper, 92, who built the original hall in 1963, was also in attendance and spoke fondly of building it in honour of the villagers lost in WWII.
The hall, supported by Kent Community Foundation, received £6,500 from The Lawson Endowment Fund and The Brissenden Fund as well as £9,700 from The Queen’s Jubilee Fund.
Rosalind Riley, Chair of the Frittenden Hall Trustees, said: “Frittenden Memorial Hall provides essential space for our community to meet and hold events, clubs and entertainment.
“The evening celebrated the completion of the improvements which will give the village high quality, flexible and modern facilities which have a lower ecological footprint. It was wonderful to see so many people come together.”
She added that the new meeting room has been named the ‘Sixty-Four Room’ in memory of the 64 Frittenden residents who served during WWII.
“We are very grateful to all our fundraisers and funders, including Kent Community Foundation, the Heritage Lottery Fund and DEFRA, as well as several other charitable funds and many private donors.”