A grant from South Somerset District Council (SSDC) has helped with the building of a brand new hall in the village of Tintinhull. The hall was officially opened by actress Sarah Parish on Saturday 28 April.
Before declaring the hall open, Sarah, who grew up locally, recalled how she had performed in pantomime on the stage of Tintinhull’s earlier village hall, at the age of two. She has since had a very successful career, appearing in many theatre and television productions.
Tintinhull’s hall received a grant of £40,000 from the District Council’s Community Grants Programme but the major part of the funding came from the Big Lottery in a grant of £765,484. Other funders included Tintinhull Parish Council and Awards For All, with donations and village events making up the remaining funds.
Building of the hall has been achieved through the leadership of a small project group supported with contributions and fundraising by many individual people and groups in the community to make it possible.
The main hall has seating capacity for up to 150, with stage and dressing rooms and access onto the village green through patio doors. There is also a café, open four days a week, which is already very popular, a meeting room and full kitchen, catering and bar facilities.
District Councillor Jo Roundell Greene, who is the ward member for Tintinhull, said: “It was a pleasure to support the village and planning group to achieve this huge and lasting success for Tintinhull. The community will enjoy the benefits of having an up-to-date and central meeting place for years to come”.
You can find out more about how South Somerset District Council supports local areas by visiting www.southsomerset.gov.uk/communities.