Gasterd appeal target met in quick time

Gastard Village Hall secretary John Varley and treasurer Debbie Anstis with one of the cheques that topped their £20,000 target                                                       (TP48821) By Trevor Porter

Gastard Village Hall secretary John Varley and treasurer Debbie Anstis with one of the cheques that topped their £20,000 target (TP48821) By Trevor Porter

First published in News

Community groups in Gastard can look forward to using the village hall in warmth and comfort again, after its restoration appeal smashed its £20,000 target.

The hall’s management committee intends to carry out major renovation works, such as removing asbestos from the roof, adding a disabled toilet and replacing the outdated heating system, and was amazed last week to reach the target so quickly.

The fundraising only started in November, and treasurer Debbie Anstis said: “I had it earmarked for three stages, I didn’t dream we would get it all sorted so quickly.

“I thought I would be applying for grants over the next few years.”

A series of fundraising events were held at the hall and Mrs Anstis also worked to secure a number of grants, including £10,000 from Corsham Town Council and more than £13,000 from the Hills Group.

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