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Bressingham Village Hall faces £10k repair bill after cracks appear in wall

Bressingham, Norfolk. Bressingham Village Hall, part of it collapsed this week, and Mervyn Lambert have, for free, supplied hoarding and traffic management around the site. ANL-140816-214906009

Bressingham, Norfolk. Bressingham Village Hall, part of it collapsed this week, and Mervyn Lambert have, for free, supplied hoarding and traffic management around the site. ANL-140816-214906009

The 500-year-old village hall in Bressingham is seeking funds for repair costs in the tens of thousands of pounds after cracks began to appear on the hall’s interior walls last week.

Hoardings were hastily put up around the hall, located in High Road, shortly after movement was reported to have occurred in the walls, with a sign that read: ‘Danger - Risk of Collapse - Keep Clear’ initially sparking concerns among some local residents.

However, village hall committee chairman Alan Byrne, said that the building had cleared a safety check on Monday following an assessment by a structural engineer and made assurances that despite the significant cost of the required repair works, activities taking place in and around the hall could continue “as per normal.”

Mr Byrne, who is also in charge of village hall bookings, told the Diss Express: “It’s nothing for the public to worry about.

“We have taken precautions on the advice of professionals and it’s been assessed. It will be business as usual.

“It’s more a question now that as trustees, we have to find a means to finance the repair work.”

He confirmed the committee did not currently have the money for these remedial works and stated they would most likely have to rely on fundraising events and public donations to help meet the bill.

A village meeting is set to take place on Monday in order to discuss a plan of action for acquiring the funds.

Mr Byrne stressed that the idea the building was in any danger of collapsing had been “fabricated”.

He added that all of the regular groups and clubs that utilised the hall, which includes the Oakley School of Dancing, would resume upon the start of the new school year, and scheduled events like the Village Mini-Fete, set for Saturday, September 6, would go ahead as planned.

 

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