Sseagry's eco-friendly new hall has been opened by Wiltshire Council leader Jane Scott.

Completed in 2012 at a cost of £600,000, Goss Croft Community Hall serves Seagry and the adjoining villages of Startley and Great Somerford. It was officially unveiled last Wednesday at an open day.

Clare Clilverd, who chairs the trustees, said: “We invited people who played a part in construction and in other ways.

“We had about 65 people, followed by an open event in the evening with people from the village when we served drinks and nibbles.

“The afternoon event was afternoon tea with a few speeches including one from myself and one from the head of our project team, John McGrath.

“The building was completed just under a year ago and is really well used.”

Goss Croft is the ancient name of the field the hall was built on. It is made of Scandinavian timber.

Goss Croft Hall has a fully equipped kitchen and conference facilities. A large block paved car park offers parking for up to around 45 vehicles.

Other facilities include audio visual equipment offering standard and high definition projection; surround sound; separate PA system; FreeSat TV; broadband and wi-fi. Sound absorbing ceiling panels help with the hall’s acoustics.

The hall is mostly used by local community groups, businesses and residents. Other uses include meetings for clubs and other organisations, leisure activities, weddings, private and community parties, exhibitions, film clubs, fundraising events, educational classes and the arts, training and conferences.

The village hall was funded by the Department for Environ-ment, Food and Rural Affairs; Wiltshire Council; Garfield Weston Foundation; the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development; and Seagry Parish Council.