LEAKY roofs and ugly ceilings are set to be replaced at a village hall as committee members rejuvenate the building in the centre of Shalbourne Village.

The 175 year old building will benefit from a £4000 grant from Hills Group Limited. This money has been made available through the Landfill Community Fund (LCF), a tax on landfill waste that is put back into on community projects.

The grant will be used alongside contributions from Shalbourne Parish Council, Pewsey Area Board, The Garfield Weston Foundation and The North Wessex Downs Sustainable Development Fund to remove the ugly suspended ceiling dating back to the 1970s and fit new lighting.

Committee member Neil Baldock said: “Phase one of the works includes a complete overhaul and insulation of the leaking roof, removal of the 1970s suspended ceiling exposing the original vaulted interior and a number of hidden windows together with new lighting and redecoration. Volunteers from the community will be involved in the redecoration.”

Therepairs will cost around £35k, with £17,500 coming from third party grants and the rest from fundraising and village hall reserves.

The work will begin on July 18 and is expected to last until September 3.