Threatened hall's future secured

PUBLISHED: 13:30 12 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:34 25 May 2010

CRUNCH talks between community leaders have secured the future of a well-loved Congresbury building.

CRUNCH talks between community leaders have secured the future of a well-loved Congresbury building.

The War Memorial Hall has a full committee after a full turnout at a last-ditch meeting on Monday night.

In November only four people volunteered to run the High Street building, but 20 people were voted in at the reconvened gathering this week.

Chairman John Freemantle said: "The future is now much brighter.

"We have new blood on the committee, with plenty of new faces and there are some fresh ideas about the hall."

If a full committee was not found, the hall would have been handed back to Congresbury Parish Council.

Mr Freemantle said he may now step aside and allow somebody else to take the reins at a meeting to elect officers on January 25.

The hall, which caters for village groups and clubs such as short mat bowls and card leagues, was built at the end of World War One after villagers decided they would rather have a community centre than a monument.

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