A venue in Ansford will double its floor space after receiving a £2,000 donation.

The funds will be used for the next extension phase at Caryford Community Hall.

Initially opened in 1994, the hall is managed by an independent charitable trust and has seen steady growth in popularity, leading to a requirement for increased space.

During the first phase, an old meeting room was converted into a kitchen just as COVID-19 took hold.

The ongoing second phase encompasses a secondary hall, more meeting rooms and new ladies' toilets, with the final phase consisting of a foyer that links all the building's areas and adapted toilets for gents and disabled.

Persimmon Homes donated the funds and their Severn Valley sales director, Carly Spear, said: “Persimmon is delighted to be able to help with this exciting project.

"It is extremely impressive that this small, community-run charity has been able to secure all the necessary funding for this ambitious expansion."

The housebuilder also has a proposal for 165 homes for locals residing between Station Road and Torbay Road in Castle Cary, subject to approval.

Caryford Community Hall chairman Ian Bynoe said: "We’re thrilled that our application was successful and are grateful to Persimmon for their help."