After a very successful fundraising campaign last year to raise money to renovate the 83 year old Palmer Hall in Fairford, the modernisation work was completed at the end of March. A new accessible toilet for the disabled was introduced into the old store room; the bar area was upgraded and decorated; the toilets for male and female users were modernised and refurbished; the entrance hall made to look more welcoming and the main hall completely re-decorated and dressed with new stage curtains and window blinds. The Palmer Hall, which was donated to Fairford in 1936 by Colonel Palmer of Huntley & Palmer biscuits fame, welcomed more recent donors of the renovation project to a Grand Opening event on Friday 26th April.
Nearly 100 people, who had donated either in kind, with a grant, donation, cheque, cash or through the GoFundMe page, came along to take a look around and enjoy a celebratory glass of wine and a few nibbles. Chair of the Committee, Sue Crowley and secretary, Louise Hatch thanked everyone for their donations especially Dr Victoria Edwards from the Ernest Cook Trust (ECT), who was the first person to encourage the Committee in their endeavours to raise the total amount of nearly £70k needed to update the hall and preserve it for another 83 years.
A Roll of Honour board was on show in the hall naming all those (except those that wished to remain anonymous) who had contributed to the renovation of the much-loved Fairford community hall. Amongst those were FLBClub members:
- Rob Broadbent of Lynwoods & Co
- Colosseo Italian Restaurant
- Duncan Dalgleish of Harper Downie
- Every Which Way Photography
- Fabulous Partyware
- Hyperion House Care Home
- Lechlade Garden Centre
- RAFCTE (Royal International Air Tattoo)
- Revitalise with Lucy
- The Care Net
Why not think about using the newly renovated Hall for your event or your organisation’s meetings? If you would like to hire the Hall as a one-off booking or a longer term booking, please contact Louise on 01285 711657 or email email@example.com.