Villagers in Old Cleeve are celebrating the completion of the new roof for the Community Hall less than a year since their appeal started, thanks to generous grants and local fundraising,

The Hall, which is a registered charity, has received grants totalling £44,000, from the National Lottery, the Hinkley C Community Impact Mitigation Fund, The Fairfield Trust, the Roger de Haan Trust, the St Luke’s Trust, and the Garfield Weston Foundation, as well as the Tesco Bags for Life scheme.

A host of events were organised by the volunteers from the hall and the adjoining Lysaght Club to raise the rest of the money required.

Chairman of the Old Cleeve Village Hall committee Mike Hunt said:“This is a fantastic achievement.

"The Hall is a wonderful venue for all sorts of activities, and is popular for family celebrations such as weddings, christenings and birthday parties because the hire charges are kept affordable and the adjoining Lysaght Club has a licensed bar.

“We are extremely grateful to all those organisations and individuals that have recognised the importance of the hall to the community so we can continue to have local facilities for sports such as badminton, short mat bowls and keep fit.

"We have a new table tennis group starting as well.”