Official launch of improvements at Keynsham's Fear Hall

April 03 2015
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A raft of improvements made to a Keynsham community hall over the past two years have been given an official opening.

A raft of improvements made to a Keynsham community hall over the past two years have been given an official opening.

Trustees at the Fear Hall invited members of the community and the organisations that use the hall to an event on March 20 to celebrate the completion of a series of projects to upgrade the High Street building.

Downstairs, the Jubilee Lounge has been enlarged and refurbished, while upstairs a new suite of rooms has been created, including new changing rooms, storage space and meeting rooms, which has in turn created more space in the dance studio.

To fund the improvements, the trustees secured a share of the Section 106 money given to the community by Tesco as part of its planning agreement when building its supermarket in the town.

Trustee Norman James said support for the improvements had also come from Keynsham Town Council and from the organisations that regularly use the hall, while money from the Sita Trust went towards improving disabled access.  In 2013, many of the groups who meet at the hall also took part in a fundraising show.

Mr James added that in the future there were plans to replace the hall’s kitchen and to make the entrance hall more inviting.

The trustees thanked everyone who had supported the projects and the groups who used the hall during the building work, and presented gifts to Patricia Veale, who runs Keyford Dance School from the Fear Hall and manages bookings, and to her husband David, a structural engineer who helped oversee the work.

More information about the Fear Hall and its facilities can be found at fearhallkeynsham.org.uk and bookings can be made on 01761 451249 or by emailing bookings@fearhallkeynsham.org.uk.