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Long-standing village hall being demolished

Tharston, Norfolk. Tharston Village Hall which is being demolished

Tharston, Norfolk. Tharston Village Hall which is being demolished

A south Norfolk village hall which has stood for more than a century but has been deemed too unsafe to insure is being demolished.

Work has begun on Tharston Village Hall, which has been closed for almost three years, being compromised by tree roots while the wall nearest St Mary’s Church has a huge crack and needs underpinning, and the chimney could fall at any moment.

Tharston and Hapton Parish Council chairman Fiona Lambert is behind a bid to build a new recreational hall in the village.

“It was the school room originally about 100 years ago,” she said. “All the children went to school there so it has been part of the village for over 100 years, so it is sad to see it go.

“Hopefully we can replace it with something that will last.”

The council’s bid for £82,850 of funding from South Norfolk Council has made a shortlist, and will be decided by cabinet on February 10. Mrs Lambert revealed she had met with a South Norfolk Council representative on Monday to discuss their bid, with could be amended to include a cricket pitch.

 

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